Let’s pretend that technology (mostly Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology) has advanced to the point where humans can develop artificially intelligent, living beings. These beings look, act and especially think just like their human counterparts; with the exception of a natural “soul” (whatever that is), they are entirely human-like, right down to their artificial DNA.
Assume that these beings can think just like humans and have the same morality and mortality issues (ie, “They reproduce, grow old and die.”, as well as “It’s immoral to murder them.”).
Since God would be omniscient, he would know that these beings have been developed, and would know that they are completely human-like, other than the fact that He didn’t create them.
Would God accept these beings as his own children? If these beings die, would they be welcomed into Heaven, even though they weren’t created in the “natural” way, and don’t have a “soul”?
Taking it one step further… pretend there were a realistic simulation, such as those portrayed in “The Thirteenth Floor” or “The Matrix”… and the beings in those simulations were also as human-like as could be (at least within the bounds of their simulation)… if that simulation was turned off, and all the AI beings that were present in the simulation suddenly disappeared, would God allow those beings into Heaven as well?
Obviously he would accept the beings CREATOR as his own, but would he accept the actual beings as his own?