I am a little puzzled with the main arguments against gene editing. Personally, I think the technology is too young and untested for me to decide my standpoint. I am not sure, however, if I can make sense of these two arguments:
- What if they create a human with some horrible, heritable defect? That would be a grievous event, indeed.
- We are created in the image of God and should not be experimentally toying with an image bearer.
Ad.1. People are born with horrible, heritable defects every day - and it is in fact grievous. That is what we want to do something about.
Ad.2. Human kind was created in the image of God. I assume he didn’t create anybody purposely with some horrible, heritable defect. And why shouldn’t we be experimentally toying with an image bearer, if the end result is healing of seakness and improved life. If the end result is not that: end of discussion! And no cure for any illness or defect has been created without an initial testing and experimental fase. If there is a possibility for millions of people to have improved life, then please use my body for testing
When Jesus ministered to people, he healed the sick. It is one of the main focus areas of God. So the real question seems to be: Will this technology heal millions of people in the future? If yes: Should christians really stand in the way, because it doesn’t happen the way we thought it would? The teachers of the law rejected Jesus, because he appeared differently than they thought he would. I believe we risk standing in the way of God himself. Nobody can discover or invent anything in the world, that God hasn’t already invented.
Know a tree by it’s fruit. If we only create more defects, the discussion whether to continue with this
technology is a no-brainer. Matt.11:4-5: ‘Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor."’