Friday, April 24, 2015
Will woolly mammoths be resurrected?
Will woolly mammoths
Fri, April 24, 2015 | link
‘De-extinction’ of the woolly mammoth: A step closer ~ Washington Post
DNA of the Woolly Mammoth has
been extracted from ancient teeth and with lots of computing power. The DNA information has been re-constructed so that once
science gets there, the DNA strands can be replicated. Then, with the help of modern elephant cells, we may be able to establish
a new woolly Mammoth.
Why do we do this?
We have insatiable curiosity that has led us as the human race into
great misfortunes but also into great discoveries and adventures.
This new option could prove just too difficult to ignore.
Already we are hearing from the BBC “The foundation is supporting a team based at Harvard University, which is using genetic engineering
techniques to insert mammoth genes into living elephant cells.
So far, the foundation says it has placed mammoth genes involved in
blood, fat and hair into elephant stem cells in order to study the effects of these genes.
The researchers hope to produce mammoth red blood
cells to see how much oxygen they might have carried and so learn more about the physiology of the animals. Similar tests,
they claim, can be done to investigate how their fat and hair grew.
The Long Now Foundation's stated aim is to insert synthetically
created mammoth genetic material inside an elephant egg, which it would then place in a zoo elephant. It believes that cloning
attempts can begin by 2018”
Yet as we learn, we realize that early hominoids played a large in the extinction of the great herds
and that the one that survived was so interbred due to it’s location on an Island (probably where it was safe from hunters)
that it also finally died out.
Isn’t it interesting how we hunt and kill animals to the point of extinction before our human abilities
start to scare us and then, realizing our ability to eradicate, we mourn our actions and start to spend vast amounts
of money trying to undo the sins of the past?
I wonder how God views these attempts? Does he appreciate our repentance?
I guess it all depends on whether
we understand it is his creation we have slaughtered and obliterated. God knows we respected less than we should. Perhaps
if we turn and ask forgiveness perhaps he will help guide our experiments towards a new and greater future. It is likely that
without this act of submission to the God who built the diversity that we are systematically curtailing, we will destroy ourselves,
our environment and everything around us.
God is good!
Our skills and abilities are only good when under God’s
Let’s understand that and aim to have the moral and ethical stance of a child of God rather
than the beastlike killer instinct driven by greed and thrill seeking, that culminates in destroying creation.
Even today as we go about our
tasks we should be asking ourselves are they constructive or destructive?
To do right, let’s construct for God today!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
No time at all
“Always is no time at
all” Vanna Bonta
Wed, April 22, 2015 | link
Look around! How busy are people and who knows what they are doing?
Do we know what we are doing has eternal value?
Consider that in the eternal or eternity scheme,
we all have no time at all in this life. If it is so short, what should we do?
Does it not make sense to ask an eternal being, someone who knows eternity?
Christians believe God
is eternal and that we can understand some of God through things of this world.
Ever since the world was created it has been possible
to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God.
Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do.
Romans 1:20 NIRV
The complexity of
life and it’s very existence shows us God.
So what do we do?
We live life the way God directs us simply because in the eternal scheme of time, it’s all we can get to know
in the short period of our life.
That means we do it
today, or as Vanna said, “always”.
Let’s live life to the full today in Holy Spirits power and under the direction of Jesus to the glory
of the Father.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
What do I do when I hate myself and everything I do?
Godly people cry
out, and the Lord hears them.
Tue, April 21, 2015 | link
He saves them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to those whose
hearts have been broken.
He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.
Let’s understand there are
times when the world seems to weigh down on us. The very air seems heavy and each breath drawn in is a labor. Then we have that self-criticism.
We know we are not doing as the God of the Universe wants even if believe he exists.
We know this because we know we are not doing things
right. All we see is negative, nasty ignorant and selfish attributes of ourselves and the world around us.
Can it get worse?
Yes, unfortunately it can.
is a state called sin by the Christian bible. It is a loathsome place. It is a place from which we so often try to drag ourselves.
Yet when there it is so hard to get away. The bible says that we cannot get away except in one circumstance.
To die in this state is to lock
it in for eternity.
This is what Hell is. A state of self-loathing and pain for eternity.
How do we avoid this?
We acknowledge Jesus is the son
of God. That he lived on this earth to show us a way out. That he allowed us to kill him to suck away all the sin from everyone
so that God does not see our state as the loathsome state it is. Then he did the impossible and came alive again, forgiven
and ready to set us up for true living and life. We just need to accept this.
This changes the negative loathsome life to a positive
contributing and loving life. Jesus gives us Holy Spirit to empower that life.
Then there is joy.
Dying in this state is heaven and that’s our destination.
Think about that today!