Posted: April 29th, 2008 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: creation, Culture, darwin, doctors, evolution, Lakshmi Tatma, Random, science, Spirituality, surgery, thoughts | 12 Comments »
Well, where do I start? First, let me say that the last post was mostly satirical. The purpose of it was to see what some people might say about a possible end to evolution in humans (if we are even evolving). I thought I might get a few different types of replies, but apparently only a few people of the many who read this post left a comment.
I am not a scientist and have no degrees even remotely connected to the sciences, origin of the species, or the human genome; but I do have the power of observation and a love of finding the truth. Maybe what I say next will just prove my ignorance even further.
It is odd to me to think that if one accepts evolution as the process by which man is the result of millions, possibly billions of years of changing from a single celled organism into what we are today, that they think we cannot move on to some other type or variety other than what we are today. I mean, at some point in the process, all species branched out from their parent in some fashion. From fish to crawler, from gills to lungs, from walking to flying, at some point a major change would have had to take place and survived. My point in brining up the story of young Lakshmi Tatma was to ask the question, would social prejudice and scientific or moral process interfere with further evolution in humans if it meant us taking on a new form?
I believe, as is evident, that Lakshmi’s extra limbs are a mutation, and doctors are correct to remove them if she chooses. However, those who believe in evolution have to stop and ask the question, “Are we stopping further evolution because her limbs are not socially acceptable?” And if the answer to this question is yes, would that elimination of the next evolutionary step be considered survival of the fittest, or survival of the moral and scientific majority?
The fact that this question (no matter how legitimate) can be asked is evidence that there is a difference between man and animal. Since there is this difference, that we can contemplate things outside of our own needs, or discuss the relevance of a moral code or origin of life, I ask what made the difference? Is it a change in our genetic coding, or was it programmed to be that way from the beginning? If we were made with a distinct, intentional, intelligent design, was it for a purpose?
I believe in the six day creation of the world and life, as laid out in Genesis, so I answer those questions with God (Jehovah), programmed to be that way from the beginning, and yes.
- chris mooney
Posted: April 21st, 2008 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: creation, Culture, doctors, evolution, Lakshmi Tatma, Random, Spirituality, surgery, thoughts | 8 Comments »
It’s a pretty bold statement, I know, but human evolution (if there were such a thing) has reached its peak. We can no longer change into anything else or add improved functionality to our existing form. We will forever walk on two legs, with two arms, eyes, ears, a nose, and a mouth. Pretty boring huh? How did I come to this conclusion? Observation on human pride. We simply will not allow it to happen.
In a recent article in The Telegraph, it was reported that an eight-limbed girl in India had the extra peripheral appendages removed, a surgery that took thirty doctors almost forty hours to complete.
My question is, was this a deformity, or possibly the next step in human evolution? I would have to agree with the second option here.
This looks to me like an attempt at the human genome trying to create a more productive homosapien. With a couple extra arms, imagine how productive we could be? I could work with one keyboard while writing a novel on a separate one. Or imagine what it could mean for manufacturers with assembly line workers. They could cut their workforce while increasing production. A hair stylist could work on multiple clients and a surgeon could hold the clamp while making the incision. Accountants could count beans and rice at the same time.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, a group of surgeons destroyed this link to the next human super-species. The doctors came up with an awful sounding diagnosis, stating that the extra limbs were the result of a “headless parasitic twin.” Poor Lakshmi Tatma, denied greatness because scientist and possibly government were afraid this new breed of humans would take over as the dominant species of future generations.
What new discoveries and accomplishments could have been made by these new eight-limbed humans? The world will never know. We’re too afraid of anything different than our “norm” to allow another evolutionary step to occur. And on a side note, this is why Indian doctors are better than most American doctors: they have much cooler stuff to work on (maybe it’s because a billion people live there).
- chris mooney
Posted: April 15th, 2008 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: American Idol, Christianity, compassion, Heaven, Idol Give Back, jesus | No Comments »
I grew up in Assemblies of God and Pentecostal churches and also attended Baptist church for several years. In each of those denominations I have heard countless warnings of this, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good. The way it was portrayed to me was as a caution to not be so caught up in church “stuff” that I miss doing what God wanted me to do in life. Somehow this made sense to me. I could see that spending all my time in Bible study and prayer could cause me to stay in my little Jesus bubble and cut me off from contact with the world that Jesus commanded that we share the good news with.
Over the past several years, I have to disagree with this mentality; that it is possible to be too heavenly minded that I would be no earthly good. What changed my mind? I can think of no more heavenly minded individual that walked this planet than Jesus Christ. Last I checked, He changed the course of history and was able to minister to most he came in contact with. Whether it was healing, or freedom from the bondage of sin that He gave people, there was no doubt where His passion originated from.
It came from keeping His eyes continually on the Father and only doing what He was instructed to do . See, He was so in tune with heaven, that He could not help but be “earthy good,” because the heart of God is for all mankind to be saved.
Maybe it’s that our definition of “heavenly minded” is incorrect. We (Christendom) have woven into this term the idea that being heavenly minded is praying and studying 24/7, going to Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and whatever other night church programs or retreats that we can handle. Instead we should follow the example of the One who we claim to emulate.
Christ’s idea of “heavenly minded” is having intimate relationship with God. Only when this relationship is established can He put something deep inside us that we cannot stop. As we surrender our will to His, our nature becomes in sync with His heart in that it becomes our desire that none should perish. So this deep groaning in our heart calls us out to minister to the needs of the world. Whether it be providing food, money, a helping hand, or simply an ear to listen, our nature has to be one of a willing servant to those in need.
Recently Americn Idol has started using their popularity as a platform to raise money for many different charitable endeavors. They call it Idol Gives Back. It brought to mind Matthew 25, where Jesus is giving a picture of Judgement Day. Some religious people are sent to hell with the words, “I never knew you,” while others were invited to join God in heaven. The difference? <em>”For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”</em>
So I ask myself, who is being more heavenly minded?
Posted: April 1st, 2008 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: Christianity, Easter, God, Human nature, jesus, Life, Spirituality | No Comments »
When I think of of who I am, and what I’ve done in my life ,whether good or bad, I am reminded of the words, “what is man that You [God] are mindful of him [me].” With all of my imperfections and, at times, outright rebellion, the Creator of all that is and will be has chosen me to help carry His message of love, faith, and hope. It’s humbling.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about my real human nature. As I was reading the account of the crucifiction, being Easter and all, and something new stood out to me. Our nature is not to want a Savior, but to [try to] be our own.
Check it. Jesus is on the cross. People, including the chief priests and elders, all around were yelling at him, ” ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!’ In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ‘
Here is man, in all his “glory”, yelling at the Savior to save Himself. Why were they yelling this? Because they were projecting on him what they would do. If they were in his position with all that power, they would save themselves. Here is prideful man, instead of pleading, “What can we do to be saved?” they can only resort to their nature and think in terms of temporal physical survival instead of their eternal spiritual wellbeing.
This man, who some said was the Messiah, come to free Israel and crush their enemies, with all power to remove Himself and call down a legion of angels to fight on his behalf, chose to humble Himself and give His life in place of ours. That is His nature: love.
That is what I long for, more of him, and less of me.
Well, some words to think on,