What is a prophet?
A prophet is someone chosen by God, they are teaching and spreading the word of God. God will inspire the prophet on what to say and then they will go out to the public and share what they have been told. God cannot talk to people unless they are listening out for God, that is why God got people to talk to the others on behalf of himself. Modern day prophets feel the same as the olden day prophets once did, they have the urge to deliver a message or help people like God had wanted them to do. (R, 2016)
Alan Mackay-Sim was born on the 16th of may 1951 (65) in Wahroonga Sydney but now a resident in Queensland. Alan attended Macquarie University. Alan is Now retired he has used the stem cells to understand the biological bases of brain disorders and diseases including schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. Alan was working as a science professor in physical science, and is now the holder of the Australian of the year 2017.(Honour roll, 2017)
Alan Mackay-Sim is like a prophet because...
Alan Mackay-sim is the head researcher about the stem cell research and transplant program. Alan after a lot of testing and researching noticed that the nerve cells inside your nose used for smelling die every day and are reborn. After lots of research Alan had two question about these nerve cells, if these cells regenerate every single day to recreate our sense of smell, could they rejuvenate damaged nerve cells in the spinal cord? And would it be safe to use in humans?
“It’s not just about getting people to walk again, people who are paralysed face all sorts of difficulties. They want to be able to feel the hand of a loved one who touches them, or feel the weight of their child on their lap.” Professor Alan Mackay-sim once said.
Professor Alan Mackay-Sim back in the 80s started a liking to the cells inside a nose, olfactory mucosa cells, and once he found out about the growth of these cells he had many questions. Alan has also said that and about spinal and brain diseases and that it is important research that he has always found interesting. "Early on, I thought if we understand the biology we might be able to use this for some clinical purpose. I didn't know when, I didn't know how. I thought perhaps we could repair the nervous system in some way" he said.
In early 2002, Alan began his testing’s as the first person in the world to try his theory. Him and a few other team members removed cells from the nose and purified them, then they put them into the spinal cord to try and repair the injury inside. He found out that this way of fixing spinal cord problems was safe to use on humans.
In 2012, so European doctors decided to try this method on a man that body was paralysed from chest and below, after putting the cells into the spinal cord and having 3 years of physio he can walk with a frame. Thanks to Alan many people have been able to at least feel or even walk again from this procedure he created.
Amos was born in about the year 783-743 bc. He was born in Tekoa, which is just south from Bethlehem. Amos was all about the rights of the poor and people being equal. He spoke against the wealthy and the very poor for social justice. Amos wanted everyone to have the right justice just as God wanted people. He didn't like that the poor people had to be sold into slavery as if they we an animal, he thought by standing up to people and telling everyone about how he saw things would help.
Amos and Alan have the similarities of both wanted to help people, making people have a better life. Amos’ main goal in life was for everyone to have equal rights and justice. Alan would help people who had a bad life, being paralysed and could help them change that and do the things that they thought they could only dream of. This is like Amos would do anything to help the poor slaves to have a different better life.
“Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, just as you have said!” (5:14)(Biblehub.com, 2017). Amos said in one of the passages meaning to always do good and stay away from evil, Alan would help people’s lives letting them be able to move again and feel when someone or something touches them.
“In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old” (9:11)(Biblehub.com, 2017). Alan help people rise up from the challenged past they have once have and give them and new and better experienced one, being able to do somethings on there own.
"I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs. Amos (7:14). (Biblehub.com, 2017) Alan and Amos both never thought that what they were doing was worth all that they were getting, they just wanted to be helping people and not getting awarded by special names, they both thought that they were doing things that they loved and helping other along the way. Alan had once said that what he was doing wasn't for the fame that he is now getting being the australian of the year but he was doing it because he has always been interested in cells and especially the nose cells. He still says that he just loves doing it because it helps people and it is a very interesting job to do and he would love to see more people become like he has.
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