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New Challenges to a Biblical World View

As we stand at the dawn of a new millennium, we face yet another Pandora's Box. This one threatens to unleash an assortment of bio-technical devils stemming from recent research in the area of human genes and genetic codes.

As a result of the Human Genome Project, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, issues such as genetic mapping and sequencing, genetic engineering, cloning, organ farming, and other health-related issues will raise questions that could challenge our biblical world view.

Medical advancements in the area of genetics may have outpaced our spiritual and ethical preparedness to deal with the results of our research. For example, currently there is a moratorium on human cloning. But what if this changes? How are we to respond?

The area of greatest challenge will likely be an increased conflict between perspectives on genetic propensity (the tendency toward a certain behavior) and human responsibility. That is, if researchers claim to d...