Spiritual point of view, What is your partake on Cryogenics?

I watched a TV program talking about Cryogenics on how some people choose to be preserved when they die in a below freezing tube. They believe that one day science will find the cure that killed them and bring them back to life.

My questions are do you believe this can be achieved one day? And If (theoretically speaking) this proses was a success, how would Religion be effected?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You do not MEAN **cryogenics**, which is low temperature physics: "The branches of physics and engineering that involve the study of very low temperatures, how to produce them, and how materials behave at those temperatures". By contrast, cryonics is "The emerging medical technology of cryopreserving humans and animals with the intention of future revival."

    Cryonics as practiced seeks to avoid "freezing", which involves ice formation. Ice is damaging to tissues. Possibly some future molecular repair technology could fix that damage, but it is more prudent to avoid the freezing damage in the first place. Therefore, cryonics organizations first perfuse cryonics patients with anti-freeze cryoprotectants to eliminate ice altogether (vitrification). Today, it is not possible to revive a person who has been vitrified any more than it is possible to revive a person who has been frozen. But electron micrographs of vitrified brain tissue at least indicate that brain structure can be preserved on a fine level, which makes future molecular repair more promising.

    Average human lifespan has doubled in the last couple hundred years, and there is no evidence in the Bible that this is against the will of God. Nor is there anything in the Bible that would indicate that God would be offended if humans lived hundreds or thousands of years. Methuselah reportedly lived 969 years. What is a few thousand years in the face of eternity?

    Where in the Bible does it say that you go to heaven or hell immediately after the heart stops beating? There is talk of a "judgment day" so maybe no one is in heaven or hell until that day arrives -- perhaps at the time of the Second Coming of Christ. That could be 100 years from now or it could be 100,000 years from now. There is no agreement about what happens to souls between the time of death and the time of Judgment Day. They could remain in a suspended state (like a frozen embryo) awaiting Judgment Day -- unless they are revived with a defibrillator after several minutes or a post-cryonics treatment after several decades.

    The Catholic Church is opposed to the destruction of cryopreserved human embryos because they are believed to have been given souls at the moment of conception. Human embryos could be stored in liquid nitrogen for 100 years before being placed into the uterus of a surrogate mother. This is not necessarily so different from cryopreserved adults who could be restored to life after 100 years. Or from a child whose heart has stopped while being hypothermic in a frozen pond. Does that mean that their soul was in heaven or hell for an hour until it was brought back? Is that so different from a cryonics patient being "restored to life" after being cryopreserved for 100 years? What is the difference between one hour and 100 years in the context of eternity or in the mind of God?

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  • Liz
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    1 decade ago

    Okay. Yes we will achieve cryogenic hibernation. It is going to be a while. Crystallization is really bad for the meats that make us, but it should be possible to slow everything down to the point where you are essentially in suspended animation. Maybe aging a day for every year or so. As for bring people back from the dead. No. Dead is dead. No cure for death, even if there IS a cure for what sold you the farm.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You are talking about the program "That's Impossible" on the History channel. In order for the freezing thing to work they need to find a way to thaw the person out with out damaging the cells. The freezing process does not destroy the cells but the thawing process does. I found the entire program fascinating not just that segment. They had the researcher who was growing human organs using stem cells and the part about the nanobots that will repair peoples bodies. I did not know that they had come so far in the nano technology field. They actually have used the nanobots to destroy tumors in lab rats.

    edit: Increases in life span requires us to explore space to found colonies so we can have places for the greater population.

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  • 1 decade ago

    from a scientific stand point, i think these people are wasting whatever money they had spent to have this done.

    as we are at today, the methods being used to do this are too crude, and will probably be causing irreparable tissue damage to these people's body.

    in the future, perhaps some form of suspended animation for the human body will be found, and possibly be quite useful for space travel.

    but not with today's knowledge.

    Source(s): Chemist
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  • 1 decade ago

    Nobody has ever been successfully brought out of cryogenic state. We don't even know if such thing has any practical value. It may be nothing more than a 20th century superstition.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I doubt it can be achieved, lots of cells are lost upon freezing, your DNA starts to disintegrate, too. However, if it someday works, I say go for it. Not sure these people will have much left in the way of estates, but if they want to live forever.....

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  • 1 decade ago

    Cryogenics is simply modern-day mummification. Freeze that ol' brain, and you have nothing that can recover. DNA, of course; but that's a different story..

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  • 1 decade ago

    i dont believe you can ever be 're-born' but they could definately use your dna to pass on or for cloning or something or use your body parts..there are alot of things you could do with a body and there will be tons more in the future so freezing a dead body could be useful..

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  • 1 decade ago

    Here's the deal.

    When you die, your soul immediately goes to heaven or hell.

    Even if your body was frozen...there is no way they are bringing you back to life. Your soul is gone, locked into it's eternal destination. It's not coming back either.

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