Science again playing God – Pt 2

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On a similar yet slightly different note to my last post, medicine is forging ahead rapidly too with many advances it deems to be wonderful in the hope of curing many diseases.  Genetic tampering will know few bounds in the future as more and more genes are being considered for removal prior to birth to prevent all manner of things from Down’s syndrome right through to the entire concept of evil – yep, you heard that right – apparently scientists consider they’ve now located a gene that can predispose someone to evil intent be it becoming a psychopath or just a shoplifter, someday you can have a baby scanned for it, & have it removed (Horizon, BBC 2011-2012   link may not be sustained).

This made me think of how much further God will allow science to progress in the future, and I’m expecting quite a long way indeed.  A verse in Revelation used to have me wondering how it could really come to pass and I’m now beginning I think to see some of what the future my hold. The verse in question is:

And in those days men will seek death and will not find it. And they will long to die, and death will flee from them.  Rev 9:6

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Dying at the right time….

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This is a post aimed solely at Christians and, of those who call themselves such, to those who accept the bible implicitly as God’s inerrant and trusted Word and take Him at it without trying to make Him comply with our viewpoint.

I want to explore this concept of health and death from the point of view that you will often hear people stating that if you do x, y or z you will “extend your life” or conversely that if you do certain things wrong you will die young or sooner than society would deem “acceptable” which probably means any age before 90!  Now, apart from the fact that we all know many people who don’t fit either camp such as the baby who dies before they’ve even started their life, or the rampant alcoholic who manages to live well into their 70s despite doing everything to “die young” in the eyes of those around them, my contention is that we can do nothing to extend or shorten our lives in that God has determined the length of our days before He granted us life:

Psa 139:16: You saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.

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