[extropy-chat] What the catholic bible says about immortality research- was TransColloquium Meeting: Dealing with New Pope'sCampaign

Zero Powers zero.powers at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 04:49:17 UTC 2005

Don't even bother.  You're sure to get hit with Hebrews 9:27 ("...it
is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment").  As
you know, the Christian mindset is all about professing "eternal
life."  But what they're really talking about is an immaterial
eternity *after* death.

Personally, that's not at all what I have in mind.

On 4/27/05, The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- "nvitamore at austin.rr.com"
> <nvitamore at austin.rr.com> wrote:
> > This is a meeting "Dealing with New Pope's Campaign"
> > and the reverberations
> > that could follow, i.e., life-extension
> > biotechnologies.   Also, I'm
> > wondering why no one picked up on the "cultural
> > wars."
> Natasha, if you communicate with the new pope
> regarding life-extension biotechnologies please remind
> him of what the Book of Wisdom in the Catholic Bible
> says:
> " 12  Do not invite death by the error of your life,
>      or bring on destruction by the works of your
> hands;
>  13  because GOD DID NOT MAKE DEATH,
>      and he does not delight in the death of the
> living.
>  14  For he created all things so that they might
> exist;
>      the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
>      and there is no destructive poison in them,
>      and the dominionc of Hades is not on earth.
>  16  But the UNGODLY by their words and deeds summoned
>      considering him a friend, they pined away
>      and made a covenant with him,
>      because they are fit to belong to his company."
> Furthermore a few verses later:
> "23  for God created us for incorruption,
>      and made us in the image of his own eternity,
>  24  but through the devil's envy, death entered the
> world,
>      and those who belong to his company experience
> it."
> My interpretation of these verses from the Catholic
> Vulgate is that God WANTS us to be immortal and those
> who are opposed to this are UNGODLY.
> Just a bit of trivia from a theologically well read
> fellow Extrope. Good luck.
> The Avantguardian
> is
> Stuart LaForge
> alt email: stuart"AT"ucla.edu
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