A rabbi has issued a warning after concluding that raising the dead is “clearly possible.”
It’s not for man to do.
The comments come from Rabbi Moshe Avraham Halperin and were reported by Breaking Israel News.
“If they are able to revive a person from total brain death, it will be considered techiyat hamaytim [resurrection],” he told BIN. “Torah laws puts limits on man, forbidding him from some areas which are strictly divine. Reviving the dead is one of them.”
Further, another rabbi said such experiments never will succeed.
“The Rambam states that we must believe that the resurrection of the dead will happen when it is God’s will for it to take place and at no other time,” Rabbi Yosef Berger, of King David’s Tom on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, told the news agency.
He was citing the 13 Principles of Faith set down by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, whose 12th century work established him as a Torah authority and gave him the acronym Rambam.
He stated, “I believe by complete faith that there will be a resurrection of the dead at the time that will be pleasing before the Creator.”
That, Berger suggested, means, “Not only does this effort by scientists go against this principle of faith, but we know that true resurrection can only happen by Divine will. Resurrection of the dead is described in depth, and it is proof of God’s rule over the physical world. But it is also stated that before the Messiah, there is no return from the grave.”
The comments come on the heels of plans by a biomedical company, Bioquark, a startup based in Pennsylvania, to experiment with stem cells – in an attempt to revive brain-dead patients.
BIN reported the company said it would launch “experiments” before the end of the year on such “patients.”
“The trial will involve a multi-pronged approach, involving injecting stem cells and peptides into the spinal cords, electrical nerve stimulation, and laser therapy. The researchers hope this will grow new neurons and spur them to connect to each other, bringing the brain back to life,” BIN reported.
The story pointed out that Bioquark reportedly tried such an experiment in India in 2016 but it was not with the approval of the nation’s drug regulators.
“Amar Jesani, editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics in Mumbai, cautioned that even partial success would traumatize families that had come to terms with a situation they believed irreversible. In point of fact, no families permitted their loved ones to be part of the experiment,” BIN reported.
Halperin said, “This is like using genetics to create a new form of life. There are realms that are strictly divine. Resurrection of the dead is clearly possible. It is definitely going to happen after the Messiah, but it restricted to God.”
It was reported about a year ago that Bioquark and another company were embarking on the Reanima project, using a new drug formula involving stem cells.
Their plan was to use neurons, proteins, peptides and more that would “create a microenvironment in which the stems cells can mature.
The report said, “Inspired by organisms like salamanders that can regrow severed or damaged tails, Bioquark researchers have been developing regenerative treatments for a host of uses, from cancer to spinal cord injuries.”
The company said then it was “capable of creating dynamics in mature tissues that are normally only seen during human fetal development, as well as during limb and organ regeneration in organisms like amphibians.”
Christian author and filmmaker Tom Horn, at that time, said scientists are redefining what it means to be human, with the goal of “transcending” humanity.
“Right here in North Carolina at your university, they have what is called a transgenic lab, which means they have mice that have human genetic material, for testing to see if the human parts in that animal are responding,” he told TV host Sid Roth in a recent interview.
Using a gene-editing technique, one university lab cured cancer in a group of rats, but the unintended consequences were that the rats started aging very quickly and died at half-life, “and nobody knows why that happened,” Horn said. “There is a danger in playing God because you’re not God and you don’t know.”