On the verge of becoming... God?

Eighth in the PE Series, Reviewing Chapter Seven

Want to see a video of pigs that glow in the dark? Click. "The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo." [Original report] How do the pigs feel about this?

Another example of genetic tampering is the creation of human-spider goats whose milk can be treated to produce spider silk.

This and lots more information was shared in Chapter Seven of Pandemonium's Engine, Man Becoming His Own God? by Douglas Hamp, who asks: "Should planetary supremacy entitle the human race to inflict inhumane, unnatural acts upon any sub-intellectual life-form for financial gain?" Learn more about Douglas and his presentations on his blogsite.

In the process of following leads given in his chapter, I came across some interesting quotations:
"The most powerful code is no longer a string of 1s and 0s." - "DNA Space. The Geography of the Genome," WIRED, June 2003
Definition of Life Sciences: "The science of using living organisms and/or their constituent parts to replace or augment products or processes. Life Science products include fuels, chemicals, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, clothing, plastics and building materials." from http://www.biotechonomy.com
From the arstechnica.com website, quoted by Hamp on p 240:

Humanity is on the verge of becoming a new and utterly unique species, which [Juan Enriquez, Biotechonomy CEO] dubs Homo Evolutis. What makes this species so unique is that it "takes direct and deliberate control over the evolution of the species." Calling it the "ultimate reboot," he points to the conflux of DNA manipulation and therapy, tissue generation, and robotics as making this great leap possible.

We are already in the midst of minor improvements to the human body and mind; Enriquez gave examples of growing new tissues for successful transplant, programmable cells, and augmenting our abilities through robotics. As this trend accelerates, more and more aspects of the human experience, of the human life, will be capable of scientific manipulation. While some improvement may come post-birth, our understanding of DNA and biology may lead to something much bigger.

Hamp points out that chimeras are being invented. A chimera is a hybrid creature that is part human, part animal. Though many genomic discoveries in the biosciences are marvelous and helpful, others are dark and should never be permitted. He ends his chapter with this thought:

Man now possesses the power, via transgenics and transhumanism, to direct his own evolution. Tinkering with his code at the genetic level (DNA) is not only possible, but is currently being done. Strange animal hybrids are being made in the laboratory and even humans with animals are being experimented with; man is certainly open to improving himself in any way possible… Could the science of transhumanism and transgenics play a role in the rise of the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast? Could technology allow Satan to create one from his own seed as Genesis 3:15 predicts? Satan's end game has been in the making now for many decades and will very soon be put into play.

That is a concept or definition of "seed" that I had not thought of. Several of the PE authors understand demonic "seed" as transhuman types of creatures, those not fully human but genetically altered. Yet, you do not need to have your DNA changed to belong to Satan and be his child. Just turn your back on God. You will be Satan's seed.

The Province of God... Invaded

Fourth in a Series, Reviewing Chapter Three of PE

Chapter Three of Pandemonium's Engine (PE), titled The Folly of Synthetic Life: Genetic Tampering, Ancient and Modern, compares contemporary work in creating life forms with the state of affairs that existed before Noah's flood.

A number of the essays in PE refer to Genesis 6:1-5, and believe it describes a time on earth when dark angels left their assigned realm to remake man in their image. These verses are:
1. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Many Christians see this passage as describing how the line of Seth was overcome by the descendants of Cain. On Seth's side of the family were fair daughters; on Cain's side were aggressive men, or men who did not care about the finer points of marriage but only saw the superficial qualities of those they chose for mates. Since Cain's population outnumbered Seth's, they got the upper hand until finally God had to start afresh with only Noah and his family for prototypes. Noah was just and perfect in his generations (Gen 6:9).

There are other Christians, including the PE authors, who disagree with this interpretation. They point out that the term, sons of God, (vs 2) is the same as in Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. The dark angels were sons of God who allied with Satan. These were the ones who took wives from men's daughters.

It has been pointed out (I cannot recall where) that surely Cain had some good-looking daughters, too, and the fact that man's wickedness was so exceedingly great that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually so that the world had to be drowned, would seem to indicate more than the usual demonic intervention. Also, what about the giants who were born, the men of renown?

Of course, giants are occasionally found on earth even today, and were in Bible times following the great flood, so the men of renown were more than merely very large people; they were unusually evil as well, or — not fully human? However, if you hold that it was a matter of Seth vs. Cain, I am not trying to change your mind. I only wanted to make clear how the PE authors view Genesis 6 and often refer to it as they explain how the current tampering with the genome is history repeating itself, except the work today is done in labs and on computers.

Chapter Three's author, Gary Stearman, holds that there was demonic seed in Goliath's stature and in the Anakim spied by Joshua and Caleb, for example, but I would not go along with that idea. Why would God destroy the earth if He did not afterward put a stop to the demonic invasion into the human genetic structure?

Stearman also cites Matthew 24:36-39 as a proof text for the modern recurrence of genetic manipulation.
36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Likening the final generation on earth to the time before the flood seems only to link them as similar types of disasters — worldwide and cathartic, and taking the evil populace by surprise; however, it may be something to think about.

Chapter 3 begins,

In mid-May (2010), the world was rocked by the news that new life been synthesized in a laboratory. Word came from the laboratories of the J.Craig Venter Institute (JVCI) that their computers had combined the four proteins necessary to produce an entirely new life form. Reaction ranged form jubilation to dread. Some saw exciting prospects in the healing of disease and the extension of human. Others envisioned a horrifying chain of missteps, ending in the creation of a hitherto-unnamed disease that could spread to all humanity. Worse than that, some saw the JCVI project as the forerunner of human hybridization similar to that being used to create genetically-modified grain and fruit crops.

On searching for more information about the Human Genome Project I found it was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. I can understand the NIH connection, but why the DOE?

You may also want to check out the J. Craig Venter Institute online. You can view a portion of the May 2010 press conference where Craig Venter announces the FIRST SELF-REPLICATING SYNTHETIC BACTERIAL CELL here.

More about Gary Stearman is on his website, Prophecy in the News.

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