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How far is too far?

The theme of man vs. machine is popular in science fiction. The premise is that man invents machines to help him with his tasks, but he eventually invents technology that is so advanced it becomes independent of man and seeks to reverse the roles. Man becomes the servant of machines. In some stories the machines perceive man as a threat so they try to eliminate him. We certainly welcome technology, and do not agree with the likes of the Amish who shun all "modern" technology. They cannot even read this blog. Now we have lifelike robots, genetic programming of people, computer implants, metamaterials, 3D printing, virtual reality, and even weather engineering. The question is how far is too far? Scientists are working toward what they call the singularity - artificial intelligence. Revelation 13:14-18 speak of an image of the antichrist which will come to life, speak, and cause all who refuse to worship the image of the antichrist to be killed. Too far is when we are trying to replace God with the works of our own hands. This is idolatry. God is sovereign and has authority over all creation. When we attempt to usurp His authority and be our own gods with technology, we have gone too far. That is the spirit of this world, and has its beginning in the garden of Eden (Gen 3:1-7). When we use technology instead of faith in God, we have more than a technological problem, we have a spiritual problem. When we put our trust in man for our safety instead of God, we not only have a spiritual problem, we deceive ourselves. We appreciate the efforts of the military and law enforcement to help us, but ultimately they cannot protect us. Safety only comes from God (Lev 25:18-19, Deut 12:10, Deut 33:27-28, Ps 4:8, Prov 21:31). Ben Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." We have already traded privacy for technology. Technology is not just a scientific issue. It is a spiritual and moral issue. We must ask, "how far is too far?" Will we let atheistic evolutionists who do not even believe in morals answer this question for us? Do we think they will stop before they have gone too far? Have they gone too far already? We need to pray about this and realize that eventually the Lord will answer this question Himself when He decides man has gone too far. He will return and rule (Zech 14, Rev 19-22). We need to be ready for that day, for technology itself is a sign that the word of God is true and its prophecies are being fulfilled before our eyes.

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