How can God allow X? Or sometimes Y?
This is a common retort.
If there is a God — if — and if this God involves himself in mortal human affairs, as many have long believed, then why does he allow…suffering, war, the murder of children, the abuse of animals and a litany of other ills, as humans define such things.
This is not something I focus much on.
What bothers me is the opposite: the denial of free will. It seems as if sometimes God denies us this.
Without free will, what’s the point?
Consciousness — awareness — without free will seems horror-inducing.
I think of those stories where God enforced behaviors and actions upon people, setting their life and those that followed upon an unalterable path.
Abraham and Ishmael come to mind.
My concern is also with human acts, intents, motivations and outcomes as we develop and spread godly powers to all. Are we prepared to deny free will? The answer appears to be a resounding yes — though it comes in pleasing notions of helping the sick, the infirm, the defenseless, the lesser, the obese.
Cleveland–A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and MetroHealth System researcher, along with Cleveland Clinic’s director of metabolic research, have received federal funding to determine if childhood obesity can be prevented before women become pregnant.
Who doesn’t want to prevent a child from becoming obese? And by simply altering the mother’s diet, no one is opposed to this. Or via some new artificial means? Probably most would likewise support this. Similarly, most parents, I suspect, would be happy to use all fully tested and affordable pharmacological or other methods to make sure their child — starting in the womb — doesn’t fall behind on the growth curve, or lack in IQ or EQ or some new social quotient, or doesn’t wind up too short or doesn’t posses twitch muscles that aren’t optimized.
Are we capable of enforcing limits upon our behavior?
Overwhelming evidence suggests oftentimes not.
There are people who mock the idea of God, religion, faith, Christianity and its many beliefs. The story of Adam is a myth, they say. The tale of Noah is just that, nothing more! Jesus? Not the son of God! Resurrection is a lie. I refrain from engaging with those convinced of their certainty. I suspect we will all be proven fully right or fully wrong in the due course of time.
But I can’t deny what’s been made real.
In the barren reaches of Arctic Siberia, Sergey and Nikita Zimov, a Russian father-and-son team of scientists, are working on geoengineering measures that sound as if they’re ripped from the pages of a Michael Crichton novel: reintroduce a massive, bygone ecosystem to the Eurasian steppe, including mammoths developed from elephant-mammoth DNA hybrids. Their plan is not, however, just for their own amusement – it’s to fight global warming.
We advance our technical abilities — developing what was once presumed to be (made-up) Biblical magic — for human gain, or to combat human suffering, or extend life, or out of boredom or just dumb luck. Or in this instance, to bring the dead back to life to fight the evil of global warming.
Always, we are told, the human-led reach for godly powers is for inarguable human gain.
And those mammoths that have been extinct for millennia? Thanks to the new gene-editing technology CRISPR, they could be just years away.
Bit by bit gene-editing of mammals gives me pause. Godly powers but not in the hands of god requires I think through the pitfalls.
But there is no God, you shout! The belief in God is not rational! It’s based on fear! The stories in the Bible are myths! This is obvious!
I absolutely appreciate your view. I do.
Consider Genesis: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
How can you believe the unbelievable?
A research team headed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) scientists has solved a major tissue engineering problem holding back the regeneration of damaged human tissues and organs: how to grow small, delicate blood vessels, which are beyond the capabilities of 3D printing.
In a series of unconventional experiments, the team cultured beating human heart cells on spinach leaves that were stripped of plant cells.
From the dust of the ground and breathed life into him.
The fantastical is being made real. This is unarguable.