Summary: Scientists are increasingly ’playing God’ by manipulating biological processes. However, there are ways that we can ’play God’ in our lives. This study discusses the ways we can fall into that dangerous trap.
With the gigantic increase in our understanding of the various biological processes in animals and human beings, the idea of ‘playing God’ has become very real. Today, human beings can be created in a test tube. Today, you can not only choose the gender of your baby but you can choose likely color of eyes, hair and physical build, if not intelligence and personality traits. We are on the verge of being able to create exact duplicates of ourselves through cloning. In biomedicine, we now create embryos (human beings) just to steal their stem-cells and then destroy them. We literally sacrifice children to help others overcome disease and impairments. Women are allowed to choose life and death of their unborn children with legalized abortion and individuals are increasingly gaining the right to have a doctor kill them if they decide they do not wish to live longer. In some parts of the world, a doctor can euthanize someone without gaining the patient’s permission nor the permission of their loved ones. In the field of biological reproduction and biomedicine, people ‘playing God’ is becoming commonplace. Our growth in scientific knowledge is out-pacing our application of ethics and morality.
May I say that there are other ways in which we can ‘play God’ other than manipulating biological processes. It is my intent to have us look at a handful today.
1. Establishing Spiritual Laws and Regulations.
So many people have played God and are continuing to play God by deciding that they can take-away from or add to the Scriptures by devising their own religious laws and regulations. Over the last 2000 years, people have thought that they could improve upon God’s Plan by introducing new rules and regulations or ignoring the Scriptures relating to how one is saved, how to worship, how to demonstrate holiness inone‘s life, how to enter the Church, how to structure the Church, how to run the Church, what to call the Church, etc.
It is preposterous to think that we can improve upon God’s Will as presented in the Scriptures. Isaiah 55:8-9, "‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”
We are commanded through-out the Bible to not add nor take away from God’s Word:
Deuteronomy 4:2, "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Deuteronomy 12:32, "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.”
Proverbs 30:6, “Do not add to His words Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.”
Revelation 22:18-19, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”