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A proposed ruling in the U.K. will allow for the genes of three adults to be spliced into a human embryo and then implanted in a woman. It is seen as a solution to the problem of mothers passing on severe genetic diseases.

However, others see it as the open door to the beginning of designing babies to specification, not for strictly medical reasons, but for appearance or other perceived defects: a kind of pre-birth discrimination.

Likewise, the actual affect on a child born with this kind of splicing will not be known for many years. Scientists in the U.S. argued, earlier in 2014, that the long term safety of such a procedure would take decades to determine (Maria Cheng, “UK Proposes Rules for Embryos Made From 3 People,” My Way News at APNews.MyWay.com, December 17, 2014).

Where in the Bible do we find discussion of birth and the formation of the embryo? Who is the One who formed our DNA—and everything else about us?

King David answers that question in a psalm: “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret…Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed…” (Psalms 139:13-16 Psalms 139:13-16 [13] For you have possessed my reins: you have covered me in my mother's womb. [14] I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well. [15] My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth. [16] Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
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All of Psalm 139 informs us of how God as our Creator genetically assembled us. He alone knows the dangers of man’s attempt to tamper with human DNA. God alone rules our individual existences. He “formed” us by the intricate mechanisms he put in place to create human life from a mother and father, and He knows how that developed in us, and in every single person who has ever lived.

Our world constantly and dangerously tries to “play God.” However, though we may live in that world, God has called us out of it to follow His way of life. Evolution and atheistic science experiment with the components, but they don’t have the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

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