By Joe KovacsÂ© 2011 WND
Is mankind's quest for knowledge, power and longer life about to backfire and wipe human beings off the face of the Earth?
Secret experiments now underway in the U.S. and elsewhere are sparking fears of a potential extinction-level event hastening the 2nd Coming of Jesus.
For decades now, there have been science-fiction stories portraying a future filled with spectacular abilities for people, where the definition of what makes someone a human being is blurred by blending high technology and even animal traits into the human body.
In the 1970s, TV's "Six Million Dollar Man" featured Lee Majors as a critically injured astronaut rebuilt by the government to "make him better than he was â€“ better, stronger, faster."
In 1982's classic film "Blade Runner," Harrison Ford portrayed a futuristic cop who falls in love with a genetically engineered female "Replicant" while he looked to kill renegade androids seeking immortality.
Since then, there's been no shortage of tales with similar themes, from "Dollhouse" and "The Terminator" to "Spider-Man," "Splice" and "The Matrix."
And with major advances in technology in recent years, science fiction of the past could become science fact of our immediate future, with human minds connected wirelessly to computers and bionic bodies outperforming top athletes by leaps and bounds. That prospect has some sounding alarm bells about the fulfillment of End-times Bible prophecy and the possible vanishing of mankind through global warfare, disease, starvation or even â€“ as strange as it sounds â€“ replacement by other entities.
At the center of the debate is what is known as "transhumanism," a term often used synonymously with "human enhancement."
Basically, it's a sort of regenesis, altering human bodies â€“ genetically, mechanically or both â€“ to make them better than they've been for thousands of years, affording them Superman-style abilities in both brains and brawn.
It's sometimes described by futurists as being "posthuman," what they believe is the next step in the evolutionary process.
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