Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is among a group of billionaires looking for the secret to living forever. Bezos funds Altos Labs, a startup pursuing breakthroughs in biological reprogramming technology. The ambitious new field has already seen some promising, not to mention terrifying, results in animal testing. Biological reprogramming technology attempts to revert cells to an embryonic state. If successful, this could unlock the potential to “rejuvenate” organs, or perhaps entire bodies.
On the one hand, there’s nothing unusual or controversial about the human desire to go on living. Christianity affirms that death is not a natural part of life in the strictest sense. It’s a result of the fall or, to borrow a phrase from theologian Neil Plantinga, “not the way it’s supposed to be.” Scripture calls death “an enemy.” When Jesus arrived at the tomb of Lazarus, He wept at the death of his friend and the pain it caused, even though He clearly planned on turning that funeral into a party.
At the same time, the desperate race for immortality is not an attempt to reverse the effects of sin. Rather, it reflects just how desperate man – without God – is to exert complete control over the cosmos, and to have life on our own terms.
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, John Stonestreet and Kasey Leander