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Christian Clones

Two engineers applied for one job at a computer company. They had identical qualifications, so to determine which one to hire, the firm gave them a test. Each applicant missed only one question. A manager called the first candidate and said, "We're going with the other applicant." The rejected engineer asked, "Why? We both got nine questions right." The manager responded, "Our choice isn't based on th correct answers, but on the question you both missed." The rejected applicant shot back, "How could one incorrect answer be better than the other?" The manager replied, "Simple. For question No. 5, the other guy put down, 'I don't know' and you wrote, 'Neither do I.'

The concept of copying has reached new highs (or lows, depending on your moral perspective) in modem times. Brigitte Boisselier and her "Clonaid" organization recently announced (thus far not substantiated) that they have cloned a girl named "Eve." Is it not ironic that some of the same people in our culture who have advocated and supported the elimination of 40 million unborn babies through abortion these past 30 years now want us to allow scientists to develop new human life by means of cloning? The giving and taking of human life were once seen as God's prerogatives, but that was before we decided we don't need God's guidance for our souls or our science. All the hoopla over cloning bring to mind a story attributed to the brilliant but rather wild-looking British playwright George Bernard Shaw. One of England's most beautiful and glamorous actresses approached Shaw and suggested she have a baby by him. He or she would be a remarkable person, with her looks and his brains. Shaw declined by saying that the risk was too great - the child might end up having his looks and her brains.

All of this reminds us the true hope of the world is not in human cloning or the purely secular technology it represents, but in a type of spiritual cloning that results in us being like Jesus. The apostle Paul captured the goal and essence of Christian cloning in Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer Iive, but Christ Iives in me. The Iife I Iive in the body, I Iive by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (New International Version). In Galatians 4:19 he speaks of Christ being "formed in you." Mankind's greatest need is not science but salvation, not cloning of human bodies but conversion of human souls, not more technology but more transformation. The church's great challenge is to avoid being a clone of the world while copying Jesus Christ in our moral/spiritual hearts and souls.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ