"3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; 3:3 but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” 13:4 The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, 3:5 for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” Genesis 3:2-5 (NET)
We seem to have a debate going on, which, like in most situations facing the American people today, we have forgotten the past, forgotten the truth, and forgotten 'the face of our Father' (to borrow a phrase from Roland of Gilead in the Stephen King's Tower series).
Ethics seem to be forgotten here, also. Just because we can do something doesn't mean that it is morally and ethically correct to do so. Just on the basis of 'its there', 'it could bring life giving research', and whatever other arguments proponents of the stem cell research utilizing 'leftover' and 'discarded' embryos. The House and Senate seem to think that 'strict' controls of such research will cut off the natural evilness that pervades this type of 'scientific' research. Historically speaking, we know what happens when we want to play God. Mankind's corrupt nature spins what would be good into something that is abhorrent and deadly.
There is nothing beyond "promise" that can be implied by the cells themselves doing what they are designed to do. There seems to be nothing to support that they will do that in ways that they weren't intended and designed. At least to me, an untrained and scientifically unbent American Christian, that's the way it seems. As does what seems pretty certain is the result of such 'scientific' research.
The serpent, utilized by Satan to approach Eve, puts it succinctly….."Surely you will not die, but will be like divine beings who know good and evil." Eve and then Adam exercised their free will biting into the apple, probably with benign and peaceful intent. And, yes, Eve and Adam didn't die that day, which shows that the 'surface' of the serpent's statement was true. We are informed that they lived many, many years ---far beyond what mankind lives today, but the end result was the same no matter the 'time' involved. They, equipped with their knowledge of good and evil, destroyed the purpose to which they were designed. And mankind has been paying the price since. The whole of creation, under the control of man, has been 'groaning'. Creation and mankind began to die.
When Man has acted out of the interest to play god in his world, massive changes have resulted. There always seems to be someone who takes what is intended for good and turn it into something corrupt and evil. Regardless of whatever 'strict' standards and enforcement is in place. Ethically, do we have that right to place this potentially in such hands? Or do we have the ethical demand placed upon us to not allow the pursuit of this research?
As it did over two thousand years ago, our choice to pull this fruit from the tree and bite into it might bring us knowledge of good medical advancements and place within the hands of the Evil one the capability to destroy mankind.