Cloning versus man's true origin

Would a basketball team made up of five identical copies of Larry Byrd have an unbeatable advantage in the National Basketball Association playoffs? Sound far-fetched?

Although the makeup of a basketball team may not be of deep significance, the conjecture that a human being could someday be cloned does raise some profound metaphysical questions. We might ask, for example, What effect would cloning have on humanity's progress in understanding the true origin of man?

In developing a response, we would do well to investigate the teachings and works of Christ Jesus. More than anyone else who has ever lived, he demonstrated divine sonship, a totally spiritual concept of identity. The basis of Jesus' entire mission—and one of the main reasons his opponents crucified him—was his insistence that he came from God. Over and over, particularly in the Gospel according to John, we find Jesus declaring this. "I proceeded forth and came from God," John 8:42. he says. Again, "I am from him, and he hath sent me." John 7:29. And because of his understanding and demonstration of divine sonship, Jesus proved that man is in reality the image of God, the idea of Mind. We all are entitled to claim our spiritual heritage as God's children.

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February 7, 1983

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