Science Fiction: Modern Day Prophesy?

“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” (Genesis 3:22).

“Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. (Genesis 11:4-6).

Apparently the very thing that God was afraid of back in the Book of Genesis will be coming true in 2045.  I had not heard of the Singularity until it was mentioned in a post on BoingBoing.  It piqued my curiosity and so I looked up more.  If you want a really fascinating, terrifying and easy to read explanation of the Singularity and why you should care, check out the Time Magazine Article from February 2011, “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal”.  As I read the Time article, I found myself thinking “why is no one in the church really talking about this stuff?”.

I remember watching Aubrey de Grey give a TED lecture on the topic of curing death and thinking that he sounded crazy (his beard didn’t help).  And while many people do (think he’s crazy), many in the scientific community are putting aside their existential biases and are making strides in bring them to reality (read the bit about making mice younger in the aforementioned Time article).

We need to get passed the whole Creation vs Evolution feud that has kept us at odds with science for so long because, in our eagerness to debunk and write off science (partaking in advancements in medicine and buying iPhones not included), and our general resistance to understand and interact with what’s going on in the scientific community, we are beginning to miss out on some truly important conversations.  Forget Piper vs Bell, Heaven vs Hell.  We are too easily misled and corruptible to judge; salvation and judgement are God’s alone.  Meanwhile, there is a whole world out there debating things that are very relevant to life, God, the Bible, and faith, but we aren’t showing up to the party.

Things are changing exponentially and life as we know it may change forever/cease in our lifetime (is that alarmist enough to get you interested? 😉 ).  My advice: return your Left Behind books to the fiction section and pick up some Asimov… he might just be more relevant to Armageddon than we realize.

Disclaimer: Please don’t read this as a call to rise up like an angry mob to go burn down Dr. Frankenstein’s windmill.  I am pro-science as much as I am pro-faith, for there are many areas where I believe that faith is augmented by science and vice versa.  May God grant us all the wisdom and discernment to see Truth, whether she wears a alb or a lab coat.

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4 thoughts on “Science Fiction: Modern Day Prophesy?

  1. 2045 is when the world’s population is projectedto hit 9 billion (sometime this year we will hit 7 billion) – couple that with living forever, and we’re going to have some serious overpopulation issues.

  2. That’s interesting, that Singularity. I wouldn’t be surprised if we -over time- could build a completely functioning human being that with the right maintenance could live forever. But this being would have no spirit, no self, because we are unable to create that. We would still program it’s “emotions” and “norms and values” after ourselves.

    Also, personally I don’t believe that we could somehow link our owns selfs, our spirits with an artificial, eternal living body.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Shawn

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