God Not in Charge

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"God is not in charge, we are" says test tube baby pioneer, Robert Edwards, according to a report in T2 Supplement, The Times, 24 July 2003, p.6. In an interview with Anjana Ahuja of the The Times (London, UK) Edwards explained his motive for fighting the Establishment 25 years ago to develop in vitro fertilisation. He said, "I wanted to find out exactly who was in charge, whether it was God Himself or whether it was scientists in the laboratory. It was us." Edwards is now 77 but believes he will live to see a cloned human baby before he dies.

Editorial Comment: If the God of the Bible had stated that Man could never fertilise an ova in a test tube, Edwards would be right. However, by fertilising ova in a test tube Edwards has not proved that scientists have taken over God's power. Human beings are made in the image of God and have great creative powers. However, God holds humans accountable for what we do with our creative abilities. Edwards and those like him should learn from Genesis 11 when human beings defied God and put their faith in their own technology. God affirmed that "now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do" (Genesis 11:6) but He then came down and judged them. Most of the human race lost their brilliant technology when they were scattered over the earth and it has taken thousands of years to regain it, none of which negates the fact that Edwards, you and I will stand before the Creator God to give account of our sins. Edwards will then find his opinion is irrelevant. (Ref. fertilisation, technology, cloning)

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