Spiritual Implications of Raising a Clone of your Child – No
The question; Would you raise a clone of your child?, pre-supposes the ideas that it is scientifically possible, that parents would actually permit their child to be cloned at all, and that they could afford all of the expenses of doing so. There are also several levels at which the question could legitimately be addressed. Physical, moral, and spiritual considerations can all lend gravity to the decision of whether or not a parent might raise a clone of their child.
Physically it is known to be possible with animals only along with a considerable death rate. Morally, the population seems to remain divided. As members of the human race, however, we rarely pay attention to that spiritual whisper within us. Are there any spiritual implications to raising a clone of one’s child?
Psalms Chapter 139, verses 15 and 16 of the Bible state, “Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing, as regards the days when they were formed and there was not yet one among them.” New World Translation. King David here acknowledges that God has the ability to know a person’s genetic code or characteristics and tendencies even as that person is housed in the womb of its mother. Science only substantiates this having established the fact that much of a child’s disposition and temperament is determined at conception due to the genetic factors that each parent contributes.
Humans have chosen to dabble into a true lasting miracle of mankind. We, unlike God, are not advanced enough in this science to be able to fully and accurately read a genetic code and see for ourselves what a person’s temperament or disposition will be like. Some scientists point out that though a cloned child is essentially the identical twin of the donor and as such inherents some personality traits, environmental influences would still have some hand in determining a distinct personality. This is not unlike what happens between natural twins.
It seems the hypothetical question raised initially only leads us to more questions: Are we really comfortable altering something of which we know relatively very little? Are we comfortable attempting to stand in the place of God be it ever so slightly? How much do we really appreciate the value of life? If we have lost a child in death, may we then suppose that God has memorized the genetic code of that person, knows good and well his or her personality and can reproduce the child at a future date? Is that what the Bible means when it speaks of a resurrection? Indeed, what are the spiritual implications of raising a clone of your child?