Transhumanism, How should Christians View This? Part 2


A pattern of evil seems to have just consumed the world. In America things have gotten so bad lying seems to be acceptable behavior. When lying, sedition, propaganda (Obama legalized it in 2012 NDAA) state controlled media, IRS persecution of conservative groups, tapping a private citizen during presidential candidate, violations of top secret information, Fast and Furious, on and on infinitum. Whenever new technology is introduced as beneficial, it invariably leads to evil. 

An excellent example are RFID chips, in use since the 1970’s but mainstream in the mid-ninties on grocery products for speedier checkout and retail for loss control.1 Progressed to locating fido, and in 2004 the FDA approved the chips for humans for those who suffer from Altzheimer2,3. By 2007, rapid growth cancerous tumors in pets were linked to RFID4., some believe it is the transformers causing the sarcoma. Nevertheless, the head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Dr. Robert Benezra told the AP, “There’s no way in the world, having read this information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin, or in one of my family members.”5 There are complications from injecting RFID into the arm such as, adverse issue reaction, migration of implanted transponder, electromagnetic interference and a few others.6

When RFID chips migrated from American Express to checking accounts we were promised increased protection from identity theft, but criminals can purchase an inexpensive device to read them. MIT has developed a hack proof chip, but the article acknowledges a power outage would render them vulnerable.7 Still uncomfortable.

Transhumanism Technology Used Today (Cont’d)

Tom Horn of Defender Publishing and SkyWatchTv.com has authored books and articles examining transhumanism, its development, and how it will be an issue Christians will have to confront. I recommend reading, Pandemonium’s Engine, Christian Transhumanism: Pandemonium’s Latest Ploy, an informative book featuring Horn and other authors. The following is an outtake:

Genetic enhancement therapy is something Christians should oppose. It entails introducing novel genetic material simply to improve one’s abilities. Transhumanists envision altering or even adding DNA from other species into the human code to create “Human Plus,” a human GMO (Genetically Modified Ogranism). An instructive analogy is to consider the difference between diabetics using insulin and an athlete using anabolic steriods. There is a clear and normative moral distinction. It is one that hould form the Christian consensus. Even on a secular basis, enhancement also poses higher risk. To correct a faculty gene with what already should be there presents low risk to the patient, but to add something new could adversely affect numerous related biochemical pathways. Thus, it is vitally important to distinguish therapeutic procedures from enhancement. Finally, a biblical ethic discourages enhancement because Christians are called to model Christ in self-denial and humility (Luke 9:23; Matthew 23:12; Romans 12:1, 12:16).8

Kurzweil is undeniably one of the leading inventors of our time and has been called the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” If one were to to posit transhumanism a religion, Kurzweil’s books, The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near, would be likely be considered its sacred texts. Kurzweil’s builds his case on the naturalistic evolutionary paradigm devoting a large section of The Age of Spiritual Machines to framing transhumanism is an inevitable evolutionary consequence. The Darwinian paradigm is a foundational presupposition as he purposes computer algorithms that explicitly model natural selection. He argues that these, and other procedures derived by reverse engineering the human brain and combined with neural net technology, promise the rapid development of sentient artificial intelligence. He predicts that computers will achieve the memory capacity and computing speed of the human brain by 2020. By 2029, he predicts the $1,000 computer will be one thousand times more powerful than the human brain and computer implants designed for direct connection to the brain will be widely available. As far as artificial intelligence he predicts by 2029, “Machines claim to be conscious and to have as wide an array of emotional and spiritual experiences as their human progenitors, and these claims are largely accepted. Furthermore, he predicts that, eventually, human consciuosness will be uploaded to computers introducing immorality. By 2029, machines and humans will merge to the point that there will be no distinction between human and machine, or between real and virtual, thus eliminating all war, hunger, poverty, death, and disease. Does this promise sound somewhat familiar (Revelation 21:4)?9

The militaries of Britain, China, Russia and America are feverishly pursuing bioengineering for the purpose of creating super soldiers. Informative articles and videos are available at this link, super soldiers. Read how close the world is to this actuality, SkyWatch includes the link to The Herman Group.

US National Intelligence Council Foresees “Significant Modification” To Humans, Super Soldiers On Near Horizon In “Global Trends In Alternative Worlds 2030” Report March 27, 2016 SkyWatch Editor

The National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the United States recently released its highly anticipated, 140-page report, Global Trends in Alternative Worlds 2030. The document outlines the major trends and technological developments we can expect in the next 20 years. Dawn of the Transhuman Era: Among their many projections is the augmentation of human beings using technology; in fact, they “envision a future in which humans have been significantly modified by their technologies”. We call this combination of human and machine “Transhumanism”. In-depth report: This NIC exploration seeks to understand and forecast how advanced biotechnologies will have an impact on the human experience, including the potential for enhancement technologies […] Super soldiers: Governments will administer psycho-stimulants to servicemen and women to support them remaining active for long periods of time and many will wear exoskeletons to allow them to be stronger and carry more than they could without the augmentation.10

 

Rejecting God in a Apotheosis Pursuit of Transhumanism?

A transhumanist, eugenicist named Richard Seed won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for his human genome research, and stated on YouTube:

We are going to become gods. Period. If you don’t like it, get off. You don’t have to contribute. You don’t have to participate, but if you’re going to interfere with me becoming god, we’re gonna have big trouble. Because we’ll have warfare. The only way you could prevent me (stammers, but what I heard) is … is … pa … fifty or … is to kill me. And you kill me, I’ll kill you.11

 

Another Evangelical Christian Denounces Biblical God, Embraces Cloudeaters Gospel As Religious Transhumanism Gathers Momentum As In The Days Of Noah  April 20, 2017 SkyWatch Editor

I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, in 2006, a few years after I dropped out of Bible school and stopped believing in God. I was living alone in Chicago’s southern industrial sector and working nights as a cocktail waitress. I was not well. Beyond the people I worked with, I spoke to almost no one. I clocked out at three each morning, went to after-hours bars, and came home on the first train of the morning, my head pressed against the window so as to avoid the spectre of my reflection appearing and disappearing in the blackened glass. At Bible school, I had studied a branch of theology that divided all of history into successive stages by which God revealed his truth. We were told we were living in the “Dispensation of Grace”, the penultimate era, which precedes that glorious culmination, the “Millennial Kingdom”, when the clouds part and Christ returns and life is altered beyond comprehension. But I no longer believed in this future. More than the death of God, I was mourning the dissolution of this narrative, which envisioned all of history as an arc bending towards a moment of final redemption. It was a loss that had fractured even my experience of time. My hours had become non-hours. Days seemed to unravel and circle back on themselves.12

In recent years we have been made more aware of terrorists slaughtering Christians in Africa, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Lybia, Saudi Arabia (the kingdom) Syria, Uganda. 

The persecution we are witnessing around the globe will one day be in our own nation. Might it perhaps be at the hands of transhumanists who are outspoken about Jesus warned great persecution is coming to us and it will take many forms – the unsaved, false converts, members of our household, worshippers of the anti-Christ. But, what if augmented humans constructed by Frankensteinian science are so altered or chemically desensitized they become killing machines on behalf of corrupt individuals and follow orders to slaughter Christians they’re told are a threat to national security? Perhaps technology is already advanced to the point that a human is so altered and devoid of empathy they do not need much prodding. If fallen man can be possessed apart from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, that is not too far fetched. What if the stories of cloning are true? And, devoid of a soul, such beings are hollow vessels for demonic entities to commandeer?

Consider only two hundred fallen angels were chained in Tartarus, due to copulating with human women (Gen 6:4; Jude 6; 2 Peter 2:4), other than Gabrielle and Michael we do not know how many angels God created. This verse implies there is an exceedingly great number of both holy and fallen angels, “And there appeared another wonder in heaven: for behold, a great red dragon having seven heads, and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth.” (Revelation 12:3-4, emphasis mine) It is impossible to tally the stars.

When history concludes nothing will have taken more lives, not world wars, genocides, murders, holocausts, ethnic cleansings, abortions, terrorist attacks, all evil combined will be surpassed (Mark 13:20). If familiar with the work of Steve Quayle, have you considered we may be confronted with demonic giants?

I invite you to listen to an encouraging interview linked below with David Hebert, author of Becoming God, Transhumanism and the Quest for Cybernetic Immortality, discussing how for the book he interviewed people and had opportunity to share the gospel and the hope he has in the Lord Jesus Christ which results in not fearing death. I hope it puts as smile one your face and provides inspiration. A few quotes:

“The last part of the book, is dealing with people’s responses to it, and we did a questionnaire. We interviewed 800 people, and many of them in this park right here. And, ah, for me, the last question was an important question. When you ask people their viewpoints of what happens when we die. And, of course we had a variety of reponses. Overall, people are afraid to die. And, I guess, as a Christian, one of the joys I had was to explain to them why I’m not afraid to die. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I found that, ah, over all, the people I talked to really aprpeciated understanding that there was some other aspect. And, when they die, they don’t have to have that fear that most of them have.”13

For almost two hundred years humanity has embraced the lie of evolution falsely called science that denies God (1 Tim 6:20, Gen 1, Rom 1:18), and some now frantically seek to enhance or upgrade to human 2.0 in pursuit of immortality. Apart from salvation. Not only is this high treason against heaven fulfilling the days of Noah in a way I never anticipated, but there is evil behind the movement. 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the worldly governors, the princes of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness, which are in high places (Ephesians 6:12).” Remember to pray daily, don the armor, and ask God for spiritual discernment to guard against deception. 

 Notes

  1. RFID groceries and retail
  2. Verichip to track Alzheimer patients
  3. Active RFID vs GPS tracking for Alzheimers
  4. Cancer in dogs linked to RFID
  5. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/82032.php
  6. http://www.antichips.com/the-health-risks.htm
  7. http://news.mit.edu/2016/hack-proof-rfid-chips-0203
  8. Pandemonium’s Engine, p. 192
  9. ibid, p. 195
  10. A transhumanist claims he will become god
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A2vfpCkrO8 (Part 1)
  12. God in the machine my strange journey into transhumanism
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