The Christian and Cloning
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning, and I want you to turn with me to the first book in the Bible, the book of Genesis, the book of beginnings, the first chapter, the 26th verse. We are continuing this morning in our simple, loosely connected series of messages on hot topics that we have entitled, "You Asked For It." And if I've ever dealt with a topic that's hot, this is it, because this morning I want to talk to you about "The Christian and Cloning."
I'm sure that many, if not most of you, are aware that three or four weeks ago, the late President Ronald Reagan's youngest son Ron stood before the Democratic National Convention to give what he called a "non-political" speech that was intended "to educate people about stem cell research." What most people did not catch was that Ron Reagan was not so much advocating stem cell research as he was distorting the facts and advancing what we refer to today as cloning.
As a matter of fact, Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson has called Ron Reagan's speech, "manipulative, inaccurate and contradictory to the philosophy and values of his father."
Now, in case you didn't get a chance to listen to Mr. Reagan's little talk, let me give you just a taste of what he had to say. Now, listen close, because he's saying a whole lot more than what it seems at first.
ILLUS: "I am here tonight to talk about the issue of research into what may be the greatest medical breakthrough in our or in any lifetime: the use of embryonic stem cells--cells created using the material of our own bodies--to cure a wide range of fatal and debilitating illnesses: Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, lymphoma, spinal cord injuries, and much more. Millions are afflicted. Every year, every day, tragedy is visited upon families across the country, around the world.
Now, we may be able to put an end to this suffering. We only need to try. Some ...
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