From Jim O'Brien
August 05, 2016

Hi Friend,

Transhuman World

If you have a problem adjusting to the term "transgender" you may find the next term far more repulsive. The new word is "transhuman" and the implications could rock the foundations of humanity.

LifeNews reported that "the Obama administration today (August 4) announced it has flung the door wide open to scientists making grisly human-animal hybrids. After overturning the Bush administration limits on forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research...the federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human."

Partly human? Is that possible? What makes you a human?

Your tax dollars will now be used to fund experiments to make embryos, known as chimeras, another new word. The concern is that scientists might inadvertently create animals that have partly human brains with human consciousness or thinking capabilities. Worse yet, they could develop into animals with human sperm and eggs and breed, producing human embryos or fetuses inside animals or hybrid creatures. The University of California, Davis is now experimenting with combining a human embryo with that of a pig.

One is reminded of Jeff Goldblum's statement in the movie Jurassic Park when he voiced concern about cloning dinosaurs. "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."

At the core of all this is that man is made in the image of God. Animals are not. Creating a chimera eventually raises the question of what is human and what is not.

Citizens are expected to concede without argument that "scientists" act within moral boundaries. But it was Nazi scientists, aided by scientists in America, that performed barbaric experiments on humans during WWII.

Even the National Institute of Health has voiced ethical concerns over the "uncertainty about the effects of human cells on off-target organs and tissues in the chimeric animals, particularly in the nervous system."

Theresa Pham, who identifies herself as a physician in the field of research says, "I feel strongly that this use of chimera crosses an ethical line. Advancing our knowledge in some areas of science can't and should not be approached with ... presumptuous naiveté. Some adverse consequences are much more profound than others.

"If the predictions are wrong and the safeguards are not enough, then the price will be the cost of our humanity as well as these new lifeforms that did not ask to participate in this frightening enterprise."

What a thought! These new lifeforms would be human-what else would they be? Brought into existence and nursed by the mother animal-maybe a pig-without the slightest sense of remorse by the scientific community, or the politicians that want to replace God as Creator. The scientific attempt to create immortal humans could actually cost us our humanity.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien