Cloning Jesus?
March 22 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Cloning Jesus? | Friday, March 23, 2001

Friday, March 23, 2001

Cloning Jesus?

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor The subject of cloning humans has been in the news of late. Some folks like the idea of having a child who is genetically identical. Others think it opens the door to immortality. Someone recently drew my attention to a Web site that describes what appears to be a serious attempt to go even farther and clone Jesus. I'm not kidding.

According to the Web site, attempts are being made to extract a cell from one of the "Holy Relics" found in European cathedrals. Many cathedrals have relics on display that purport to be strands of Jesus' hair, bloody splinters of the cross, even the foreskin from His circumcision.

If a cell could be obtained, according to the author, DNA would be extracted and inserted into a human egg that would be implanted into a young virgin, who would bear a clone of Jesus in a second virgin birth.

The Web site's author seems convinced the Bible contains arcane references to a future cloning of Jesus as the means of the second coming and the end of the age, so he argues that it is our Christian duty to support the project.

I'm convinced this project exists mainly in the fantasy of the author.

At first thought, "cloning Jesus" sounds like a bad idea, even if someone believed that original cells could be extracted from so-called "Holy Relics."

On second thought, however, I realized that all believers are called to clone Jesus in a sense, in their own lives. How often have we been encouraged to become more like Jesus, to let Jesus live in us, to be transformed into his likeness and to become Christlike?

Maybe cloning Jesus isn't such a bad idea after all.

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