The Health and Science section of a recent Time magazine talked about the high-tech future of the human body. A professor from the University of Zurich remarked, “We are approaching a point where technology can fully replace a functionality of the human body.” As I read about the remarkable scientific advances, I was amazed. Consider some of the examples given.
There is a cleansing kidney that will be ready for human testing in 3 years. “A silicon filter lined with living kidney cells removes toxins from blood and maintains water balance, eliminating the need for dialysis.”
The University of Sheffield in England is experimenting with plastic blood. These man-made plastic molecules have iron atom cores that will bind with oxygen and then be released into the body. In the not too distant future, these products will be made available to paramedics for use in emergencies.
A medical firm in the US is currently seeking FDA approval on sight-restoring eyes. They designed miniature video cameras that capture images and convert them into visual patterns for our brains.
And available right now are “gripping hands” that allow users to customize their gestures with an online program and then neurologically sync them to their hands. What a blessing it is to over 4000 amputees right now.
Great stuff! It is wonderful to hear that advances are right around the corner that can ease the suffering of so many people. But what I really want is not an “upgrade,” I want a NEW body. I am groaning to be released from the confines of this limited “model.”
Paul talks about those new bodies in II Corinthians 5. “For while we are in this tent (human body), we groan and are burdened because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, So that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” I want that heavenly dwelling. I long for that kind of life.
I don’t want a better version of my limited eye balls, or an improved kidney or portable blood. I want to be clothed with immortality (I Cor. 15:53). I am anxious to experience my citizenship in heaven (Phil. 3:20) and see my “lowly” body transformed to be like His glorious body.
I appreciate the scientific improvements, but “even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.” I need/want/desire a new body that only you can fashion!
How about you?
By His Grace and for His Glory,
Sherry L. Worel