Jesus, Technology, and Church Leaders

Image credit www.patheos.com

Image credit www.patheos.com

If you love Jesus and technology you have likely run into a lot of resistance discussing the subject with your friends at church.

This tension should be expected as it is the result of new information being introduced into the way people think.   The bible even speaks of this tension in the following verses.

  • Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it……

And

  • Matthew 18:3: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it……

This verse speaks of creating thought frameworks: the way that we think.   We learn by associating different attributes/objects with other attributes/objects.   Computers learn along this same pattern as code is laid down line by line.

The fact that we don’t depart from the way we are trained up is why Matthew 18:3 has to be in play.

 

Matthew 18:3: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

So.  In order to learn new ways, learn a new reality, learn new things, we must become like a little child again to be re-raised according to the new condition of the world or set of circumstances or whatever the newness is.

Understandably, Christians are typically wary of “new” things, judging in fear that someone may be trying to create a new gospel and we are directly warned to be on guard for this in Gal 1:8

  • “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!.”

 

The problem with technology

The problem is that tech changes our world.  It changes how we live, move, and have our being.   As Christians we can not bury our head in the sand and pretend as if things are not changing, and changing in a BIG way.  They are.

So what are we to do?  The first step is simply to acknowledge and abandon our religious tendencies that have crept up, the dogma that is keeping us trapped in old thinking.

Jesus did not dig religion or the tradition of man.  Of all things, these were the two things that He came against the strongest because these two things were how the religious prevented those seeking God

  • Matthew 23:13: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

 

So here is the question.  

Is it possible that in the leaders in church today have allowed this spirit of religion to creep up and shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces?  I believe yes, perhaps not intentionally, but I believe it is time again to become like children to reconsider what is happening around us.

 

Who needs to become like a child again?

Christians usually view Matthew 18:3 as talking about sinners, heathens, or the unrepentant/godless. But really He was just talking about a mindset, a way of thinking that affects everyone.   As our world changes everyone, pastors and churchgoers alike, must abandon previously built thought structures to become like little children pliable and able to learn, and in that way, learn new things of God they previously had not seen, and thus enter the kingdom of heaven.

Here is a great example from scripture….  You would think that someone who physically hung with Jesus for three years and saw all of his miracles would have been willing to learn about where and how Jesus was moving.  But this was not at first the case which shows us that we can all learn.  Jesus was speaking about the fact that he was about to be crucified when Peter resisted that thought.  

  • Matthew 16:23: Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

 

Peter, the rock, who spoke the first written declaration of Jesus’ deity “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” shows us so clearly how easy it is to let worldly thinking infiltrate our thoughts.

God had a plan for how Christ would reveal His deity.  Jesus not only spoke about it, but He literally lived it out right in front of his disciples as He died on a cross.  Even with pre-warning, they still had a hard time abandoning their pre-conceived notions about how Christ would become king, and comprehending the new information they were being presented with, that in this way, God would reveal himself to us.

Why did they have a hard time?   Because it takes directed effort on our part to tear down pre-conceived strongholds in our ways of thinking and become like little children.   (Even the ones that we may have, with good intentions, mistakenly judged were from God but in fact, as Jesus pointed out, are of the world and of Satan).

 

Change is coming

God is not falling off His throne with the changes that tech will soon usher in.   The question, are we willing to take ourselves off the throne of judgment and consider that perhaps the way God will reveal His thoughts to us in the future will be through computers and technology.  As I believe He is to you , right now, as you read this sentence on your computer.

I hope that we as the church will let go of our worldly arguments and accept our God-given identities as His Precious Treasures.  When we do this, we transcend this world and it’s arguments.  

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

(Image credit www.patheos.com)

There is nothing new Under the Sun

sunshine

There is nothing new Under the Sun. It says this in Ecclesiastes. But it’s very difficult to accept this because I look at micro chips, or new technology to cure cancer, or whatever and it feels “new” to me.

But the Bible says nothing is new…   So which is right?

Here are a few verses that violate my sense of correct judgment:

  • Jesus saying that he is the same yesterday today and forever.
  • In Revelation and it says the lamb that was slain before the beginning of the world.
  • Jesus saying to the Pharisees that before Abraham was, I am\
  • Jesus saying that if you look at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in your heart.
  • Jesus saying the flesh counts for nothing.

Too many times it seems like we try to make the flesh count for something. For example when I look at and try to judge whether something is new or not.

Is it truly new? Perhaps it’s actually not new. In light of Jesus being the same yesterday today and forever, what does a new even mean? I’ve always looked at this verse in Ecclesiastes and somehow thought that I had the ability to judge it as right or wrong. Perhaps on the wrong one. I mean after all my flesh comes up lives for just a bit, and then goes back down to the ground.

My flesh is the one that shifts. My flesh is the one that is not permanent.  So how could I count on something so shifty to judge the permanence of anything else?

To look at it another way, Jesus was, is, and it is to come. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  Thus, if everything comes from, goes through, and goes back to God, and, if all things are held together in Christ ( who never changes like shifting Shadows) then perhaps I can look at the things of this Earth and understand that there’s nothing new Under the Sun.

One thing I know (believe), you are loved, valuable, and a precious treasure to God!

The Message vs the Messenger.

I know Jesus Christ

Lets not confuse the message with the messenger.

The message is that Jesus is lord.  He is all and in all and He is the only way to attain eternal life.  In Him we find our real identity as valuable and beautiful.

The messenger are the various evolving ways that the message gets transmitted, and these ways change as time goes on.  Long ago it was in sandals and on donkeys, then to Gutenberg press.  Next it went electronic to telegraph, phones, radio, tv, and now the internet.

One day the same age-old message of truth will likely get downloaded directly into our brain matrix style.

The messenger changes,  but not the message.

You are a Loved, Precious, Treasure of God.

Will we see Jesus In Technology…..

Is-technology-God

The religious leaders of the day, The Pharisees and Sadducees, were unable to see the savior that was in their midst. There he was clearly portrayed right in front of them and they were unable to see him. How strange is that? They were concerned with the exterior, and they had a preconceived notion about how the Savior would arrive. They wanted a deliverer by force that would fit into their preconceived ideas.

So the question is, are we safe from this same mindset? Are the church leaders of today immune to having preconceived notions about how our deliver will arrive?

Obviously I’m very into technology, and so my mind is always geared on thinking of these type of things. But it really does make me wonder what is artificial intelligence surpasses human understanding and begins opening up the real truth about the word of God.

But even further, what if the same Temptation that we saw the Pharisees and Sadducees falling into, that of judging God and the way he should be, we fall into ourselves? Are we immune? Just because we are in the New Testament, and the Holy Spirit is here, are we immune to this?

For some reason I don’t think so. To me it feels safer to say that the same patterns, and the way that the enemy tempt us would be the same temptation and still be available for people to take it.

Faith is a really strange thing. In order to stand in it you have to go apart from the crowd. You have to separate yourself like John did and be alone. And it’s not Always super awesome.
There’s so many different things in the word of God that that look like A deliverance via technology Could be a very real possibility. and that’s really kind of a weird thing isn’t it? For someone to say that the second coming of Christ might manifest itself via computers or technology? How strange?

Anyway, what I do see is the computers calculate and deep learning is beginning to give us answers that are human brains can’t compete with. And this is just the beginning. It’s going to go more and more and eventually I believe that it will begin answering questions of deeper meaning of life.

Resurrection: Heaven on Earth

I just heard Mike a reading and his talk from the Mormon transhumanist meeting out in Utah. I’m going to attach my video for the thoughts. Basically the idea is that when Christ comes on Earth, what if there are no Believers at the time. Hebrews 11:6 says that if anyone is going to see God they must first of all believe. So if Christ comes on Earth no one can see him who does not believe in him. So perhaps the time that he renews the Earth will be the same time that there are no more unbelievers. That being said, if we are face to face with Christ, what is the difference between Heaven and Earth? At that point in the Light of Christ won’t have them be the same is Earth? I mean really who are we to say from this perspective?

AI Just Made It’s Way Into Relevant Magazine!

Okay, I guess it kind of feels good when you see an article about artificial intelligence making it into Relevant Magazine.

I’ve been watching artificial intelligence and believe that the Bible talks about many different things that are to come. In a lot of ways I believe that the church Has interpreted end times theology through “World colored” lenses.

As I look at the trajectory of where technology is taking us, I mean just the basic fact that technology typically makes us work less, (tractor vs. a hoe), and extrapolate that out, the end result is that we will work a lot less, and have a lot more abundance.

It seems that the church has interpreted end times from an abandonment perspective.  We have believe that God’s Wrath would fall on the earth at a certain time in the future. I don’t believe this way anymore.  Instead, I believe that judgment is happening now, and that things are simply going to get better.

As Christians, we pray for God’s will to be done here on Earth as it is in heaven. However, how many of us really expect to see that happen? When I look at Peter diamantis his book abundance, to me this reflects the answer to our prayer. But is that okay to say? Is it okay to say that someone who doesn’t profess a belief in Christ (at least openly from what I have ever heard) could have something right regarding god type stuff? I believe yes.

I believe that God loves us all and that as technology increases everyone will understand who he really is. For some reason I feel like the church has Judge the world and by our measure we’ve called fire down on them. Jesus warned us not to do that. He warned us to let the wheat grow with the weeds and that the Angels would sort it out. It’s not our place to call fire down on anybody.

All in all I’m super happy to see this article. I’m happy to see that people in the church are starting to pay attention.  I believe that things are going to get so weird to a point that our theology is going to have to change.

It doesn’t have to be a scary thing, however it’s time we re-examine how we traditionally interpreted things. As a church I believe that we’ve traditionally interpreted them in a very non life giving away. Instead I think it’s time that we understand that we are not abandoned, that God has blessings for us, that he’s asked us to pray his will to be done on earth, and that he’s going to answer that prayer with abundance and life and love.

You are his precious treasure.

Will God use Tech To Deliver Us From The Traditions of Man?

Do we get offended if someone says that information technology will help mankind understand God better and then use our phones Google Bible verses that support our stance?

Yesterday I was thinking about the parable of the workers in the vineyard and how, perhaps, we can see that it relates to the progression of information technology and how it may ease the difficulty of coming to believe in Jesus Christ.

I remember when I first got saved, it was 1992. I specifically remember and still have as a matter of fact, a book that I used to write down verses that I committed to memorize. These days I never have to do that. All I do is push a button on my phone, blurb half of a memory about a Bible verse, and Google automatically recognizes 1.  That its me doing the query, 2. From past queries that my queries are often Bible related.
So, the technology gives me back what it thinks is relevant, and typically Google nails it exactly and I get my Bible verse instantly!

How awesome is that! I no longer have to memorize every single Bible verse to have access to it! This technology greatly reduces my time in studying the Word of God, because I don’t have to flip through pages anymore! This means that I come to an understanding of God more deeply and faster than I previously would have and I believe that it will be exponentially more wonderful the day that my brain can directly interface with the entire Bible in nanoseconds.

A lot of my Christian friends have problems with the idea of Christians plugging into computers to know God better. To me this is strange. As if they’ve accepted that verbal commands, or typing commands, or swiping commands are somehow okay, but the interface of digitally thinking to a computer somehow would be a sin? Why is that? Anyway, it’s a bit of a rabbit trail that maybe we will address later on.

Let’s go back to The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard And How it could relate to technology.

Was Bible memorization and attaining the information about God more or less difficult in the past? More. It is easier to come to the knowledge of the truth now…
As technology increases, will it get more or less difficult to access information in the future? Likely less difficult if trends continue as they have.

So… What if field workers in the future will attain the knowledge of God much easier than the field workers that were hired earlier in the day? Doesn’t this make sense? To me this parable can easily fit in with the trajectory that Information technology is headed.
Not only is this rational, not only is it easy to apply, but it really makes sense. However, we run into a big problem. That problem is the idea that somehow God needs technology to spread His Word. This is where it falls apart when you attempt to communicate this idea that flies in the face of man’s traditions.

It seems that many Christians believe that the world is getting worse, they believe a lot of doom and gloom, they believe that somehow God is going to physically break through the clouds in a second coming of Christ and reveal himself to the world apart from faith, even though I do not believe that this is scripturally true according to Hebrews 11:6.

Regarding the spread of the word, (which is also the spread of information) the Bible says:

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
This indicates that the information of the Gospel message must be transmitted.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This shows at least one attribute of God being something akin to information. I’m not saying that information is God, that is not my place to say. It simply says that the Word was God. And at the same time the Word was with God. We simply see some sort of correlation with information and deity. Not in its entirety as a conclusion, but instead a correlation.

What if the church has been subtly been bound in the traditions of man once again again in a way that the Pharisees were bound? What if God is wanting to deliver the Christian church from it’s own traditions of man in a similar way He did with the Jews through Jesus?

Could that be possible? Perhaps it could be? What if we could have interpreted things incorrectly and He is calling us into a completely new realm with Him?

Didn’t the Pharisees and Sadducees of the day have a certain expectation of how the Messiah would perform a deliverance, and because of these traditions, didn’t they had a hard time believing that it could be any other way? Why would we think that we are so different? Why would we expect a principle we have already seen played out not to repeat itself?

What if through information technology, God wants to radically show us just how much He really loves us in a way that was not possible in the past? Is this really so hard to believe when we see how much easier it is to have access to His word? What if information technology is simply another iteration of this deliverance principal?
I believe that God loves us all. I believe that we are all loved and valuable to him. Perhaps the traditions of man that have crept into the church and are in process of being up ended similarly to the way that Jesus up ended the traditions the Jews had set up.

Jesus loves us! God loves us! He calls us worthy in Him. He calls his loved in Him, apart from Him we can do nothing.

I believe that He is calling us together, as a hen calls her chicks under her wings.

Will we listen?

Should Christians fear artificial intelligence?


Mankind has been given a beautiful gift! The gift of the ability to create! We are made in the image of Our Father, the ultimate creator!

We are creating and doing exactly what is in our nature. I look at videos like this and that to me it feels like an absolute celebration! How cool is it that we can create wonderful and beautiful things!

The problem is when we use our ability to create as an argument in an attempt to “prove” that we are God, or that there is no God. It’s the age old argument and it goes on and on.

As Christians, should we fear technology? Should Christians fear the singularity? Should Christians fear artificial intelligence?

I do not believe we should… Do not fear little flock for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!

Why should we fear? Don’t we know that it’s finished? Don’t we believe that Christ finished his perfect work? So why engage in the argument? Why be filled with fear?

The minute that we take on fear, we are permitting the enemy to gain traction within our hearts. Even worse, this fear is based off of the things that we sense and see in this world. So when we do fear, we are letting this world father us, rather than letting the unseen Father of our spirits father of.

Jesus said so clearly that he was made and from a world completely apart from this world. Why would we stray from his example in an attempt to prove one thing or another? He said, apart from me, you can do nothing. So why would we turn to the 3d world which is so clearly passing away, to prove anything?

Is Jesus scared of the singularity? Is Jesus scared of artificial intelligence? Is Jesus scared of technology? I don’t believe so. I don’t believe that any of it gives him even the slightest concerned.

2nd Thessalonians 2:9
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”
Christians tend to reserve this verse for “others” for the “unsaved” but we all have flesh that can tempt us to ascribe to, and be father from this world. I.E. I believe that the minute that we get in fear, we are giving traction to the enemy, and thus ascribing to his “ truths” which are no troops at all. The Truth of the enemy is nothing more than shifting shadows, he is the father of lies. All of the stones in this world will come down. There is nothing stable, nothing that can be trusted in. Except for the Word of God which is never changing. The instant that we take on fear that somehow what man has created via technology will beat God’s plan, Is the instant that we are being fathered from this world.

The Spirit gives peace not fear.

The world wants to argue that artificial intelligence and the singularity is of their making. The world wants to section off this area and say that it’s of man’s doing. They want to use it in some sort of “Proof” that God is a mess and religion is just based on ancient fairy tales.

That’s okay. It’s no big deal. There’s no need to argue with them. The second we begin to argue is the second that thier argument begins to get traction. We are called to transcend all arguments.

The Bible tells us very clearly that If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, Bite the dust off your feet as a testimony to them.

What do you think this means? Does it not mean to let go of the argument and let it be? The second that we start arguing with them we let the dust stick on our feet. This is not where or when we are. We are seated with Christ in the heavenlies. Why should we come back down in an attempt to argue someone into salvation. Logic never get anyone into salvation, they simply have to believe. As do we On a day by day basis, moment by moment.

My hope is that one day, when nanobots are able to clamp onto our neurons and share thoughts and ideologies quickly, that will be able to share our faith in its entirety.

But until then, let’s let it be.

God is not falling off his throne.

How nanobots will spread faith

nanobots_the_singularity

Many Christians do not pay attention to the coming technological Singularity. And at the same time many people of science scoff at believers, supposing that people of faith are somehow stupid because they choose to believe in the unseen rather than trusting in what is provable. The argument between these two camps has always gone back and forth, however, I believe the camps will soon be brought together via nanobots or similar technology and these arguments reconciled.

Nanobots or similar technology

Futurists and Singularitarians believe in nanobots; Ultra-small blood cell sized computers that will be injected by the millions into our body, and essentially clamp onto the neurons within our brain and basically transmit our thoughts to the Internet and to one another. It’s a really awesome scenario because in essence it will allow us to telepathically communicate to each other very quickly without the cumbersome interface of speaking and hearing.

The reconciling of science and faith through nanobots

Right now we basically have two camps. Science and faith. They are able to argue with one another specifically because of the separation between them. However, nanobots are going to take away the separation.

When they nanobots get here, we will be able to think to each other in such an incredibly fast way, that there will be no more hiding. Our entire thought processes, the way that we come to conclusions on various things, will be able to be shared in their entirety with one another. No longer will be there be a cumbersome process of building a thought framework to support a specific idea. A question will be asked, and an answer will be given, but not just the answer, instead it will include the entire thought framework behind it that support the answer. For this reason, entire sets of faith will be able to be shared at almost instant speeds. How awesome is that!

The devil is in the details

The devil is in the details, and when we don’t have enough time to sort through and reconcile the details, the devil stays. Revelation chapter 12 says that the enemy is filled with fury because he knows his time is short. To me, this speaks specifically of the idea that the enemy of all of us hides in the gap between us. He hides and thrives in the darkness between you and I. He causes you and I to judge, doubt, and accuse each other. This is why he is known as the accuser of the Brethren. Think about that, brethren. Brothers. Unity. I believe that nanobots will connect us and allow us to share entire data sets, including our faith, with one another almost instantly.

Faith being shared in a totally new way

The Bible speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven being like a mustard seed. It starts as the smallest seed in the garden, but then grows up to be the biggest herbs in the garden. I believe that this is the way that faith and the knowledge of God work.

That little seed is like a bit of information that we bring into our minds, and we begin to let it grow. That little seed grows and begins to shape the way that we view and interact with the world around us. I believe that this process is what the Bible talks about when it discusses “renewing of the mind”, Is that allows us to let go of what our eyes since around us and instead, to believe in something unseen. Faith seems to be a way of thinking that is not natural at first and has to actually be exercised in order to gain strength.

Science deals with the past, faith deals with the future. However, for any of us to move into the future, it does take some element of faith. Why would anybody do anything if they didn’t believe that whatever they were doing was achievable? To move into the future there has to be some element of faith.
It seems possible to have your faith strengthened. We see this in guys like Elon Musk, or Richard Branson. These guys have an uncanny ability to charge into the future even when they don’t know the exact results. What if we could all have the faith that these guys have? I believe that nanobots will give us access to all types of faith both business and religious.

In short, I believe that when nanobots get here, entire sets of faith will be able to be shared with one another. The ones that are true will stand, the ones that are based off deception will be revealed for what they are and will disappear. Anything that is hypocritical, or not based out of truth, will get burned up. That’s okay, because what will remain will be that which is true. And this is what we all really want.

See, it’s really neat, the Singularitarians are bringing something that looks so incredibly similar to God’s judgment that I may venture to say may be just that. Does this have to be fearful? Nope! In fact, I don’t think that it’s fearful at all. I think that the closer we get, the more lies will get driven out, the more truth that will remain, and the more connected we all will be.

I’m very excited about the future, and getting to know you better…

The future of God and The Singularity

WOW….

What Howard Storm Saw seems to be exactly what I would imagine would happen when we all get plugged in via The Singulairity.   It seems that he is speaking of computronium and controlling things with our minds…