No one really talks about stem cell research in the news anymore. But I got to thinking about the subject this evening and something unusual occurred to me. It’s no secret that the various Christian religions are among the greatest opponents of stem cell research, but I believe they are on the wrong side of the issue.
Consider the following: it is written and taught among Christian churches that “greater love hath no man, than that he lay down his life” for another, (the identity of said other being somewhat fluid). It is also a know fact that removing stem cells from embryonic humans, (which are far more useful and effective than the ones from adult humans), usually kills the fetus. Bearing in mind that these cells can then be used to repair damage done to other people which would have been irreparable and possibly fatal without the stem cells, is it not true that these donor embryos die a noble death by saving the lives of others?
Now, some will doubtlessly say that since the choice to die to save another was not made by the fetus but rather imposed by surgeons then it becomes meaningless. Truth be told, I don’t know that there’s really a difference. After all, a truly good, God-fearing Christain person would not hesitate to lay down their life for another, even a complete stranger or an enemy, (hence the story of the Good Samaritan). And if the fetus were to oppose such an operation, then it has allowed another to die to save itself and is therefore evil and must be punished, (preferably burned to death like a witch or a heretic).
Stem cell research, and the use of embryonic stem cells in life-saving operations, is a perfectly legitimate and astonishingly Christian ideal that churches ought to be funding instead of fighting.
I’m not sure where this train of thought came from. Mostly, I just wanted to preserve it for future reference.