I’m posting this under the topic of religion, because that’s where it fits. I’m going to bring up some social arguments, but please remember they are in the context of religion, not of society. If you do not share the following beliefs, then this thought exercise will be irrelevant to you:
Belief 1: God created the universe and everything in it.
Belief 2: God created right and wrong, and gave us guidelines in the Bible.
Belief 3: The Bible is the word of God.
Belief 4: God wishes all people to be saved and spend eternity in heaven.
As I said, if you do not hold the above beliefs, then the best you can do is look at this in a hypothetical way… like a logic puzzle.
Many people claim that they have various behaviors because of genetic predisposition. For instance, criminals often claim they are nuts, and therefore aren’t responsible for their actions. Gay people claim that they were that way from birth. Obese people claim they are predisposed to overeating. People who are promiscuous claim they are predisposed to be addicted to sex. Alcoholics claim that they have a gene which makes them more susceptible to alcohol addiction.
I would claim that all of the above statements are unilaterally false, based upon the 4 beliefs stated above.
If God created the universe and everything in it, and God outlined what is right and wrong in the Bible, and the Bible prohibits murder, homosexuality, gluttony, promiscuity, and alcoholism, AND God is perfect and wants everyone to spend eternity in heaven, THEN… God would not create a being that was biologically or mentally predisposed to an activity that was expressly forbidden.
If you believe the four statements, then you also believe it’s Nurture… not Nature.
Argument Number two:
Embryonic stem cell research should be illegal if you believe the four statements above. I speak not of stem cell research on adult stem cells, or on umbilical stem cells. Embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of a human embryo.
If you believe the statements, then you also believe that God would never condone “the ends justifying the means” where human life was concerned. God would not create a universe where the only cure for one disease was the destruction of human life. If God is perfect, then there are cures for every disease, and none of the cures involve destruction of human life. We just haven’t found them yet.
That concludes today’s fun exercise.