Genetic Engineering, the deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material. Also known as making the impossible; possible. Imagine a world where diabetes, cancers and bad diseases are all non-existent, yes that does sound great, but that also means were taking away the features and the unique things about ourselves and forming them into something that we feel would make us happier. But does God want this? I mean he made us all as individuals and in the image of himself, why on earth would we want to alter that?
Genetic engineering is an extremely controversial issue itself without even considering the view of its reverence for life. I agree that it may provide more fruits in our fields and bigger animals but the dangers involved with Genetic Engineering may result in the death of hundreds, possibly millions of people. Not only that but is it fair that we ‘play God’ by altering his earth, forgetting about all that he did for us. “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?” – Ecclesiastes 7:13
There are many fears about Genetic Engineering itself, what tops it off is what is called a designer baby. Allowing parents to design what their child will look like and adjust their genes to make them smarter or faster or even muscular. What is humanity coming to?
Despite most negativity the Catholic church doesn’t despise Genetic Engineering completely. Surprised? Thats expected. In fact the Church teaches that it must be used respectively and mustn’t abused by humans. Basically scientists are allowed to mute diabetes and cure diseases that follow, but cloning humans and creating designer baby’s is unsupported.
In my personal opinion, I think genetic engineering will only bring harm upon humans, yes I agree it may have its benefits when it comes to curing diseases but then again Jesus planned our lives before we even entered the womb, so that means that Jesus himself would’ve given you that disease for a reason! Perhaps he is testing your strength or your time on earth is coming to an end, how would we know this if we let genetic engineering take over? Everything happens for a reason… we need to stop altering things because they don’t suit our requirements!
‘ But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another’ – 1 Corinthians 15:38-39