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Imago Dei

Posted in Christian Theology,Eschatology,Imago Dei,Origins by sosipater on September 1, 2008

The question I asked in my recent sermon title was, Imago Dei: What does it mean that we are created in God’s Image and how does it affect your life?

I think a lot of Christians know that we are created in God’s Image but don’t spend much time thinking about how we are to image God on a day to day, hour to hour, or even minute to minute basis.

I spent a lot of time in my sermon laying out that we are created in God’s image and what that means, but didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked on how we are to image God daily. I guess that will have to wait for another time. I did get to it though, and the implications for Christian living are foundational and far reaching. Here are the notes for most of my sermon, for anyone who is interested.  Happy imaging!

Imago Dei

– What does it mean that we are human beings.

– Historical sketch:

1.Before Augustine – What group we belong to.

2. After Augustine’s cofessions – More individualistic outlook.

3. Rene Descarte – “I think therefor I am”

4. Jonathan Edwards – Mind plus God’s Grace

5. Jean Jacques Rousseau – “Love ourselves”

6. Abraham Maslow – Man’s “hierarchy of needs”

America’s God is a God of “Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism”

Back in Gen 1:1, we see God/Elohim creating everything and through the rest of chapter God is creating, day by day.

God preexists, he makes everything and everyone.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

In the 1st chapter of Genesis, God is showing us the uniqueness of the creation of mankind.

ONLY man is created in God’s Image and after God’s likeness.

– God counsels with or deliberates about man’s creation. “Let us”. With no other creation does God do this but man.

– (v. 26) The next, and very interesting thing we notice here is that God says “Let US” make man in “our” image. There have been 2 or 3 different interpretations of this but the way most Christians understand this is that God is speaking of the fact that he does not exist as a solitary being, but as a being in fellowship with others

– Though the word Trinity is not used here or explicitly taught, it is expressed here and is more clearly explained in the NT.
The word “man” in the Hebrew is the word “adam” and is referring to mankind in general, as opposed to the animals.

– (v.27). Here God says that mankind is made “in our image, after our likeness”. Even though these are 2 phrases, they are basically just two ways to say the same thing.

The Hebrew word from image has the root meaning of “to carve or to cut”, telling us that man images God, or represents him to the world.

The Hebrew for from likeness, means “to be like”. These two words combined are saying that man is a representation of God, who is also like God in certain ways.

We are given some specific ways in these verses that we resemble God:

1. Dominion v. 26 – In exercising Dominion man is like God because God has supreme and ultimate dominion over the Earth.

2. Male & Female v. 27 – complementarian relationship of the man and the woman, God exists as a social being in close fellowship within the Trinity, likewise, man is a social being who needs the companionship and community or fellowship that comes from marriage and family, friendships, and their church, where Christians are encouraged to live out their callings as God’s representatives. More on this calling later.

God Created Male and Female. What gender is God?
-God is spirit, so he does not have a gender..he is neither male nor female. God does reveal himself in a masculine form as Father, and Jesus was a man, but God is not an gendered being but as John say, God is a spirit.
-But male and female do both proceed from God are are made equal to each other in the image and likeness of God. Neither are more like God than the other.

3. v. 28, Men and Women are responsible beings who can be addressed by God & ultimately responsible to Him. By God blessing Adam and Eve He is also showing communication and relationship with them. Kindness and affection and a personal relationship.

4. v.31, Because man came directly from God, he was not corrupt, depraved, or sinful. He was in a state of integrity, innocence, and holiness. Whatever state we find ourselves in today, man, as originally created was, in God’s own word, very good.

Genesis 2:7-8, 15-16, 18, 20-24

7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

– Gen 2:7 – God spoke all of creation except for man, who he formed and breathed life into – giving of a soul and spirit.

– Gen 2:15-16 – God commanded – God is a moral being & so are we unlike the animals.

– Gen 2:18 – Now God makes Adam, the first man, the first woman, who is a helper fit for him. The implication here is that men need help! A helper is a good thing. The Holy Spirit is said to be the Christians helper here on Earth, so this is not a negative thing but a declaration of worth and value.

– Like we have said, the woman is an equal image bearer of God.

The next passage in Genesis that deals with man as the image of God is Genesis 5:1-3:

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man (Hebrew adam), he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

– This section of scripture starts off with a reminder that God created man in His likeness, using the same Hebrew word as in 1:26.
– We haven’t mentioned the fall of man from Chapter 3 of Genesis, but we do learn there that Adam and Eve sinned against God which had the affect of plunging mankind into a slavery to sin/disobedience, and from then on this sin nature is passed on to every person who is ever born.
– Because of the catastrophic event, there a some who would say that man completely lost the likeness of God. But as we see here and for the rest of The Bible there is no mention of that here, on the contrary, this post fall reference to creation reminds of our image bearing role in creation.
– There is no doubt that God’s image has been tarnised/disfigured/warped by the fall, but as bad as the fall was, it was not even enough to completely erase our foundational nature as image bearers of God.
– To add strength to this argument, v.3 here tells us that Adam fathered a son, post fall, and this son Seth was born in the image and likeness of his father, Adam. Since Adam bore God’s image and Seth was made in Adam’s likeness, we can infer that Seth and (everyone else) is an image-bearer of God.

The next and final passage dealing with the image of God is Genesis 9:6:

6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.

– The context here is God giving instructions to mankind via Noah to preserve the Earth and its inhabitants
– The basic message here is that whoever murders another person is deserving of the same fate, which obviously is death.
– The reason for this is grounded in the fact that mankind is made in God’s image.
– Anthony Hoekema in his book “Created in God’s Image” has this to say about this passage:
” The reason that murder is here said to be such a heinious crime that it must be punished by death is that the man who has been murdered is someone who imaged God, reflected God, was like God, and represented God. Therefore when one kills a human being, not only does he take that person’s life, but he hurts God himself – the God who was reflected in that individual. To touch the image of God is to touch God himself; to kill the image of God is to do violence to God himself.”

What does the New Testament say about the Image of God?

One passage, James 3:9, pretty clearly tells us that fallen man still retains the Image of God. Speaking on the power and evil capacity of the tongue, James tells us this:

9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

James is here pointing out the evil inconsistency of both praising God and cursing others with the same tongue. But what is inconsistent about it? Because the other people that we curse are people made in the likeness of God. Again, on the verse Hoekema has this to say: “human beings as here described have at some time in the past been made according to the likeness of God and are still bearers of that likeness. For this reason it is inconsistent to praise God and curse men with the same tongue, since the human creatures whom we curse still bear the likeness of God. For this reason God is offended when we curse men.” And it is important to remind ourselves that James is talking about all people everywhere, not just Christians or those who look and act like ourselves, but all people everywhere

– Before we move on lets recap and throw out some other things that show how people are like God or made in His Image:

1. We can make moral decisions in our dominion of the Earth. We can have positive and negative affects on the Earth

2. we are social: write, communicate, speak

3. Emotions: we feel things deeply

4. We can think, learn, we have an intellect and can reason
5. We are immortal and have a spirit, live forever, our soul will go on
6. Creative ability – art, music, building things, technology
7. Appreciate beauty – aesthetics & the arts

All of these attributes of man flow from the Imago Dei – being made in the image of God.

Before we look at a few more NT verses, I want to transition our thinking a little bit. Up until now we have been thinking about the IOG as a noun, as it what it is. I want you to begin to think about it as verb as in, how can I, as an image bearer, Image God as I should be? I think this is the way that the NT shows us the importannce of the IOG, in that we not only are made in the IOG, but that we must live and act as an Image of God.

Ways we are like God – Communicable or shared attributes:

1. God is spirit – we have a spirit
2. God is Holy – by God’s grace we can live a Holy life
3. God loves and is good to others – We can love others and be good, and fair and just to others
4. God is truth – we don’t have to live with lies..we can tell the truth and receive the truth with gladness
5. God is just- we too can see after justice and righteousness
6. God is merciful and compassionate – we too should be merciful and compassionate to others
7. God is beauty and defines beauty – we too can creaty beauty and appreciate beautiful things – music, art, aestetics, architecture, food.
8. God is a God of order – through the Gospel God brings order to chaos and we too can bring order to the world around us

– These are things we share with God, not only Christians but all humans, and is a tremendous blessing that God gives to all humanity, to share in God’s very own attributes. None of these things were created by man, but were given to us by God, as blessings, to enjoy and share with him. As we know we have fallen into sin and can’t do these things like we should, but we can still pursue them to a degree as image bearers, but only with God’s help and common grace that he gives to all. If there was no sin we would reflect perfectly God’s image.

We were created to image God perfectly, but we failed. We sinned and tarred the image. We are like broken, warped mirrors, like the kind they have at fairs. you can still see your image, it is there, but it is broken and mis-shaped. So our job, what we were created to do is image God perfectly and we can’t anymore, so what did God do? He sends us someone who can image God perfectly. His name is Jesus.

-Jesus is the unserpassable, perfect example of what God wants each of us to be like. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:4:

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

The greek word here is “eikon”, where we get our English work icon, and is the equivalent of the Hebrew word for image used in Genesis.
– So when we see Jesus, we see the glory and the image of God.

Colossians 1:15

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

So even though God is invisible, we can’t see him with our eyes, in Jesus Christ the invisible God becomes visible. The person who looks at Christ is actually looking at God.

– Hebrews 1:3 says that The Son, Jesus, is the “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature”.
– Here in Hebrews we see an absolutely facinating relationship between the image of God and the incarnation (Jesus coming in flesh as a man).
-While the incarnation is a great mystery, God becoming flesh, we can presume or imagine that the very reason that Jesus, God, could come to Earth as a man is because man was made in God’s image. What other being could he come as, as no other being has a resemblance to God.
In John 14:8-9, Jesus tells Phillip if you see me you have seen the Father. IWO, I am the Fathers perfect image.
So now we have a benchmark, a measuring rod, and standard for what it means to be a normal human. Jesus is what normal should be like. He is normative. We are all abnormal. This means that in this life we are not to compare ourselves to others…Ever, but to Jesus, who perfectly Images or reflects God.
So the question before us is can we image (verb) God and if so how do we image (verb) God?
-Romans 8:29 says that ”
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,”.
There is our answer to the can we part. So how do we?
– Colossians 3:5-10 –
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
– John Calvin said that we image God by reflecting God’s image like a mirror (i.e. Moses’ face), we are to radiate God to the Earth/others. This looks like mirroring God’s patience, His love, being truthful, being compassionate, showing mercy, being just (not prejudiced and prideful), pursue holiness and righteousness… to be more and more like Jesus.
– So there is no better way to see the image of God than to look at Jesus.
– Unfortunately through sin our mirror is broken, but by the power of the Holy Spirit Christians can reflect God more & more and bring glory to Jesus.
– This is our key to a joyous life. What a great, joyful experience it is to mirror Jesus and focus on him instead of focusing on ourselves.
We exist to mirror Jesus and glorify God. This is our root source of joy, meaning, & significance, even in times of trouble.
– Living in a way that doesnt’ seek to mirror God, IOW living for sinful, selfish desires and sin, apart from you creator, is wasting your life and a giant wild goose chase of eternal consequences.
In closing I want to give you just a couple of implications of the Imago Dei.
1. Root of why we show justice, compassion, and equality.
2. Loving all people of all ethnic backgrounds becuase all people equally bear the image of God.
3. We are to respect all human life, no matter the age or condition.
– The only way you can do what you were created to do well, that is image God, is to be in relationship with Jesus.
– Be connected to God and His people and let the church come along side you and connect you to others. Its not good to be alone. God is not alone and you shouldn’t be either.
– The only way we can continue to mirror God well is by daily, progressive renewal of our hearts and minds through the Gospel and the Word.
– Our ultimate Goal and our promised end is that one day, as John wrote in 1 John 3:2, we will see Jesus as he really is, as God’s perfect image, and when that happens, we will be like Him, the perfect image bearers we were created to be.

Engaging Culture

Posted in Christ and Culture,Christian Theology,Imago Dei by sosipater on November 3, 2007

Pastor Joe Thorn has a great article over at his blog on cultural engagement.  Go check it out.  Here’s the intro.

What do people mean when they say “cultural engagement?” That phrase is often spurned as if it means thoughtless syncretism between the church and culture. In my reading it rarely means that. It is certainly not what I mean. I am a fan of that three-fold approach to engaging culture: reject what is evil, receive what is good, and redeem what is broken/lost. I think this is a healthy way of thinking about how we should respond to our culture, because our culture(s) is not one thing. It is made up of hundreds of things, bad and good, that demand our attention. I recently spent some time going over this three-fold approach with the folks at Redeemer, but wanted to emphasize that agreeing that we will need to respond by rejecting, receiving, and redeeming actually requires a lot of us.

Toole and Piper on Race

Posted in Christ and Culture,Christian Theology,Imago Dei,Origins by sosipater on June 13, 2007

One of the most important issues that people need to think through non-emotionally is the issue of race.  This can be such a volcanic issue, and I think Satan is thrilled when it becomes so.  Christians especially should be eager to apply what we know about mankind from the Bible to this pressing issue. 

My church had our annual VBS this past week and I attended the Friday night finale where the kids put on different “acts” and displayed some of the things they learned over the past week.  One of the things that warmed my heart was to see children present Friday night who were from ethnic groups that gave the assembly a more diverse makeup.  Now I don’t espouse diversity as those of a liberal persuason do, but I like it because it gives us a more realistic view of the heavenly city and kingdom that Jesus is building with people of every different tribe represented.  I think that is going to be a very beautiful sight to behold.  Any form of racism is idolatry pure and simple, and disregards the key understanding of all mankind as made in the image of God and for the Christian especially has the danger of elevating racial distinctions above the work of Christ on the cross.  We cannot give racial differences more emphasis than the Bible does.

Our preaching pastor has been preaching verse by verse through Colossians, and as providence would have it, he preached on Colossians 3:11 this past Sunday.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

You can listen to his sermon here.

Also on this topic I’ll point you over to Desiring God blog where they are posting Piper’s series “The Meaning and Signifcance of Race”.  This series is teaching the “(un)importance of race”.  Here is an outline from the series. 

The Meaning and Significance of Race

Listen

1. Evolutionary theory of human origins encourages racist thinking about human groups.

  • Evolutionary theory: Humans came from lower life forms.
  • Why does this tend toward racism? It can cause you to think that other groups of humans can be explained by saying they are less evolved.

2. The biblical correlation of Adam and Christ as the heads of physical and spiritual humanities points to the unity of the human race.

  • Romans 5:12 ff
  • 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
  • 1 Corinthians 15:45-49

3. Paul makes the common origin of humans the ground of equality and the end of ethnic arrogance (Acts 17:24-28).

4. The genetic differences between races are absolutely trivial.

5. Dealing with various groups justly follows from a common origin as creatures of the same God.

  • Job 31:13-15
  • Proverbs 22:2

“Revenge of the Conscience”

Posted in Christ and Culture,Imago Dei by sosipater on May 21, 2007

Tim Challies is correct, this is a must read.  What is?  Today’s commentary by Dr. Mohler titled “Revenge of the Conscience”.  Dr. Mohler takes a quick look at some recent articles in some mainsteam media mega-outlets, The L.A. Times, NY Times, and Washington Post. 

Profound mega-snippet:

Have we now reached a point of no moral return?  Mundy’s article forces us to face the fact that we have become a society that considers “selective reduction” just part of what is necessary, given the power of new reproductive technologies.  We will become killers even as we become givers of life.  A needle is inserted into one baby in order to kill, another needle in yet another baby in order to save. 

The cold, clinical, calculating nature of the decisions reported by Liza Mundy takes us to the heart of the human problem.  The essence of sin is the ambition to be as God.

The appearance of these articles, published in major American newspapers in a span of mere days, tells us something important.  So does the fact that each of these articles reflects a sense of moral disquiet.  Mundy reports that many women develop intense moral disquiet and persistent depression after undergoing the procedure.  A source cited by Mundy explained that “psychoanalytic interviews with women who underwent [selective reduction] describe severe bereavement reactions including ambivalence, guilt, and a sense of narcissistic injury, all of which increased the complexity of their attachment to the remaining babies.”

Professor J. Budziszewski of the University of Texas describes this pattern as “the revenge of conscience.”  God has made us so that conscience emerges even when we attempt to shut it out and hide from it.  As Budziszewski explains, “We do not lack moral knowledge; we hold it down.”  It does not stay down.

I think we need to continue to push this issue, that these “prenatal executions” are not about choice, or women’s reproductive systems, but about the life and death of human beings.  Let us appeal to the human conscience.  If it does stay down, let it stay down in spite of our strongest attempts to pry it up.

5-4 Vote on Partial-Birth Murder

Posted in Government & Politics,Imago Dei by sosipater on April 19, 2007

Well, looks like we have at least 5 Supreme Court Justice’s with some kind of realistic outlook on this procedure and the law.  For some reading on this very important judicial activity, check out these articles:

  • The Baptist Press article can be found here.  Snippet:
    • The high court’s 5-4 decision reversed rulings by two federal appeals courts and affirmed the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act as the law of the land, marking the first judicially approved restriction on a specific procedure since the justices legalized abortion in 1973. The 2003 law prohibits an abortion technique that involves the killing of a nearly totally delivered baby normally in at least the fifth month of pregnancy.
    • Note:  There is an artist’s depiction of this barbaric procedure at the top of this arcticle.  This article also contains a nurse’s account of one of these “procedures”.  It will make your stomach churn.
  • Justin Taylor has posted on this here as well as Denny Burk here.  Denny has some interesting responses by some of our presidential candidates.  Why are the Democratic party candidates so staunchly in favor of murdering innocent babies?  Crazy.

Cultural Divide, Stem Cells, and Abortion

Posted in Christ and Culture,Government & Politics,Imago Dei by sosipater on April 13, 2007

Happy Friday everyone!  Things have been slow on the blog this week.  It has been a very busy week and I look forward to it being over.

Yesterday was a busy day for Baptist Press also.  I wanted to point out a few culturally sensitive issues that were written about.

The first article is “Land tackles liberal-conservative divide”.   Richard Land of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission tackles the question of a culturally divided nation, the religious heritage of our founding fathers, and the role of the state in religion, among other topics.  Here is what he says about his new book, The Divided States of America?: What Liberals AND Conservatives are missing in the God-and-country shouting match!,

The book, released by Thomas Nelson Publishers, asserts that “it is possible to affirm and practice belief in God while simultaneously practicing a rigorous separation of church and state.”

“My goal in this book,” Land said, “is to get people to think about the role that religion should and should not play in America’s future and to help people understand that there is more agreement on that matter than many think.

I found this quote interesting also,

It is not a lukewarm middle-of-the-road position he is staking out, Land said, but a reasonable position supported by history and Scripture. He finds fault with those who warn that “theocrat bogeymen” prowl the countryside and who grouse that faith in public life invariably leads to a theocracy. And he criticizes those he calls “Christian reconstructionists,” whose aim is to rewire the U.S. government to favor the Christian faith above all others.

The next article deals with the stem cell research votes happening in congress right now.  Very unfortunate votes, but thankfully President Bush will veto bills that are sanctioning the murder of human lives.  I think Richard Land nails it pretty good here,

“I am disappointed that the vote was that close to two-thirds,” said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, “but I am gratified that there is still not a veto-proof majority in the United States Senate in favor of legislation that would use federal tax money to destroy the lives of our tiniest human beings to seek potential treatments and cures for older and bigger human beings.”

Finally, “Court Ponder if Abortion Kills a Human“.  What in the world do they think it kills? 

In a rare 11-judge hearing, a federal appeals court is considering whether physicians in South Dakota should be required to tell women seeking an abortion that they will be terminating “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” and observers say the outcome could reverberate nationwide.

Apart fromt the obviousness of the question, politically, let the states decide.  We had an unfortunate episode a while back in our country’s history about letting states decide these things.  Too bad we now have a central government that pretty much enforces it’s will on our nation, regardless of the will of the states, or the citizens of each state.  Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked. 

If you have any comments on these articles, let’em rip.  Have a great weekend.

Items of Interest

Posted in Government & Politics,Imago Dei by sosipater on August 25, 2006

I wanted to pass along several items of interest this morning, two related to Wal-Mart.

The following information comes from the Family Research Council and most of you have probably heard about these items but here goes.

Misstep on the Road to a Culture of Life

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it would approve the application of a Barr Laboratories subsidiary to sell the Plan B “morning-after-pill” to women 18 years and older without prescription as an over-the-counter drug (“OTC”). Family Research Council and other strong supporters of President Bush’s policies on health and life issues have opposed to OTC status for Plan B. Apparently, this has fallen on deaf ears. The White House is allowing Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to determine medical and social policy in America. This, in exchange for their lifting their holds on the nomination of Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach to head the FDA. FDA’s approval of this unprecedented arrangement for Plan B raises many legal, medical, and social questions. For example, selling an identical drug both by prescription and OTC to different populations based on age is unenforceable. Local jurisdication have tremendous difficultly enforcing sale of tobacco and alcohol to minors; will this lead to the Plan B police? We believe that FDA does not have the legal authority to approve Barr’s application. Consequently, FRC and its allies will now consider their legal options as well as ask Congress to follow the lead of Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) in conducting serious oversight of this rogue bureaucracy.

Do No Harm with Your No Harm Headlines

Today’s Washington Post splashes a banner headline across page A3. “Stem Cells Created with No Harm to Human Embryos.” Wouldn’t that be great? Not so fast. The organization announcing this seeming breakthrough is Advanced Cell Technology of Worcester, Mass. (ACT). ACT has a long history of killing embryonic human beings. They’re the Vege-matic, slice-and-dice shop of stem cell scavengers. The new technique, it is claimed, enables experimenters to remove one cell at the eight-cell stage of human development. This one cell then is “coaxed” into providing stem cells through cell division. These stem cells then, ACT contends, can be used in the treatment of disease. But what happens to the seven-celled organism that remains? ACT maintains that it develops into a normal human embryo. No harm, no foul. FRC’s Dr. David Prentice notes that the President’s Council on Bioethics has already considered this technique and has unanimously rejected it. I agree. Robert Lanza, who leads ACT experiments, is eager to proclaim an end to “the political impasse” over the killing of embryonic humans. The Nuremberg Code adopted after the horrors of the Holocaust prescribed that, among other principles, no experiments could be done on human beings where there is prior reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur. Of course, Lanza had no problem in the past with killing embryonic humans. And his “big announcement” concedes that there is an ethical issue with killing embryonic humans. Indeed, the Post reports that this latest Lanza lab act destroyed “some” embryos too.

Wal-Mart’s Odd Domestic Partners

Wal-Mart has announced an odd new domestic “partnership.” They have teamed up with an outfit called the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Wal-Mart has caved-in, obviously, to the pressure tactics such groups apply to large corporations. This is outrageous. Wal-Mart has made its billions by serving the needs of rural communities throughout America. It has never discriminated against homosexuals who want to purchase their products at low prices. Nor has it discriminated in hiring against homosexuals. But that is not enough. The activists demand that Wal-Mart grovel. They demand that Wal-Mart take sides in the great cultural clash over marriage. This is an affront to the millions of traditional families that patronize Wal-Mart. I wouldn’t be surprised if this causes a rollback in Wal-Mart’s customer base. Won’t you please join me in opposing this offensive move? You can download and print the accompanying .pdf file and drop it off at the Customer Service Desk at your nearest Wal-Mart. Let them know you know what they’re up to–and you don’t appreciate it.

And finally another Wal-Mart story, this one involves communtist involvement in their store(s) in China. Here is the story. What in the world???  Busy Friday, huh?

Confession of a Murderer Deux

Posted in Imago Dei by sosipater on July 14, 2006

I used to be shocked at the behavior of some people.  I still get shocked, but at least now I understand why some people behave like they are depraved.  It is because they are. 

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