So we can create robots in a few years, but God cannot create man in a day?
The inability of secular minds to imagine the power and creativity of God as Creator is wonderful to behold.
Hyper evolution is the new term to hype up man’s creativity. It is astonishing to see what man can create, but secularists don’t have the imagination to imagine what God can create. They cannot even imagine the existence of the Being of God.
Robotics took off in Japan in the 1980s, where the philosophy of animism promotes the idea that the spirit in man is the same as the spirit in all material things. In the western world we are used to the secular concept that there is no difference between man and animals, but animism believes that there is no difference between man and machines. It is an old theological debate, but secularists don’t bother with theology and spirit. This is a blind spot in their thinking – ideologically driven by their fear of the concept of God, infinity and eternity, just as Pythagoras and Aristotle didn’t like infinity in mathematics, and it took a thousand more years before the Indians inserted zero into mathematics.
Robotic evolution is developing hybrids of biology and technology (industrial robot arms with designer claws, or legs with wheels instead of feet), and animism is a hybrid between pure secularism (no spirit) and theism (spirit is more essential than matter and God is the supreme Spirit). Animism agrees with secularism that there is no transcendent God but disagrees with secularism that there is no spirit. This hybrid suits some secularists, just as islam suits some religious people who want to believe in one god but not in Christ’s explanation of God as Trinity – one God existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is an old debate, and the difference is explained in the theological terminology of theism (belief in God), atheism (belief in no God nor spirit) and pantheism (everything is god or spirit). The latter is poorly known nor understood in western society but it is common in African cultural animism and in Japan. So the Japanese are not as frightened of robots as those in the west, who are afraid that robots will 1. take over our jobs and 2. take over the world.
The first fear is Luddite and shows a lack of imagination about human adaptability, and the second fear arises from the mistaken belief that artificial intelligence (AI) will match and outperform human intelligence. AI will certainly outperform many human actions and abilities, but not intelligence because machines do not have spirits like human beings nor animals. Animals have different spirits from human beings (Ecc 3:21). Secular science has still to determine this, which is intuitively known to small children but ideologically suppressed in secular adults – ‘who suppress the truth in unrighteousness … as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge’ Rom 1:18,28.
The boundaries between man, animal and machine are clear to human intuition, but secularism blurs the distinctions for ideological reasons, out of fear of God, the infinite and eternity. Jesus Christ addresses these fears and one of the commonest phrases in the Bible is ‘Fear not’.
‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. Whoever is afraid has not been perfected in love.1Jn 4:18
Jesus says: ‘This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one who sees the Son of God and believes on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day’ Jn 6:40.
Welcome to the love of God and salvation from fear.
21 Sep 2017: Peter Hitchens’ diagnosis of irreligion: “it is because humanity is afraid of God and the reality of what could happen after death.”
23 Oct 2017: Richard Dawkins correctly notes that eternity is a frightening concept to those who do not like it, and like many others he is in denial about what he fears. His fear does not alter the reality. This is why God says ‘Fear not’ so often in Scripture.
“Charles Lyell just before his death in 1875, a blind widower obsessed with the problem of an afterlife. Darwin admitted that, similarly placed, the same fears he would strike him ‘in the dead of the night with painful force’.”Darwin, Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Michael Joseph, London 1991. Caption to a photograph opposite p. 652.
13 Jan 2020: Sir Roger Scruton on your lifetime and eternity. Daniel Hannan’s personal testimony to the “greatest conservative thinker” of our age, since he first heard him speak about Wittgenstein, the use of language and prejudice.