Some Ethical and Theological Considerations
In light of ethical and theological principles, the concept of
human physical immortality has much to commend it. First,
there is an abundance of Scriptures that uphold and promote
life, including eternal life. According to Ecclesiastes 3:11, for
example, God has placed immortality in our hearts (although
we are not able to comprehend it). The wisdom of Proverbs
12:28 contends that the path of the godly leads to life eternal.
In Genesis 9:16, the sanctity of human life is an integral part
of Gods covenant agreement with Noah, where the ancient
writer connects the sacred character of life to our creation in
the Imago Dei (the image of God).
Another passage from the Hebrew Scriptures, Psalm
139:1316 provides a beautifully poetic description of life as
the creative activity of God:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together
in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fear-
fully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from
you when I was made in the secret place. When I was
woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw
my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were
written in your book before one of them came to be.
Further Scriptures that support the Institutes commitment
to radical life extension include Psalm 116, where the author
gives thanks to God for delivering him from death and allow-
ing him to live a while longer.
The Christian Scriptures likewise are filled with words that
uphold life. For example, Jesus strongly affirms that human
life is far more valuable than the resources that are required
to sustain it (Matthew 6:25). The reflections of Pope John