Disrupting death ∙
Our Lord Jesus Christ, He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light . . .. 1 Timothy 6:14-16
1 Corinthians 15:52-54
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.
53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Extending life and postponing or avoiding death has been a longing of the human race for millennia.
Throughout the ages, those with great wealth and power built elaborate tombs to make this wish a possible reality. Consider the pyramids of ancient Egypt, the immense underground tomb of China’s first emperor Qin (circa 210 BC), with legions of terra-cotta warriors to guard him in the afterlife, and the incredible and elaborate tombs of the Maya, circa 700 AD.
Modern computer technologies are making it possible for a version of this desire to be more or less realized. Digital data can now potentially be used to extend our existence using virtual reality, robots, chatbots, and holograms.
The article, “Disrupting death: Could we really live forever in digital form?” was published on May 29, 2020, by Alison DeNisco Rayome on CNET.com.
In 2016, Jang Ji-sung’s young daughter Nayeon died from a blood-related disease. But in February, the South Korean mother was reunited with her daughter in virtual reality. Experts constructed a version of her child using motion capture technology for a documentary. Wearing a VR headset and haptic gloves, Jang could walk, talk and play with this digital version of her daughter.
“Maybe it’s a real paradise,” Jang said of the moment the two met in VR. “I met Nayeon, who called me with a smile for a very short time, but it’s a very happy time. I think I’ve had the dream I’ve always wanted.”
Once primarily the concern of science fiction, more people are now interested in immortality. Perhaps we could take the form of keeping our body or mind alive forever. We might create a living memorial, like an AI-based robot or chatbot version of ourselves or our loved ones.
The question remains: Where can we get the data to fully digitize people? Kuyda asks. “We can deepfake a person and create some nascent technology that works – like a 3D avatar – and model a video of the person,” she added. “But what about the mind? There’s nothing that can capture our minds right now.”
In the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University in Japan, director Hiroshi Ishiguro has built more than 30 lifelike androids – including a robotic version of himself. He has pioneered a research field on human-robot interactions, studying the importance of subtle eye movements and facial expressions for replicating humans.
“My basic purpose is to understand what a human is by creating a very human-like robot,” Ishiguro said. “We can improve the algorithm to be more human-like if we can find some of the important features of a human.” Ishiguro has said that if he died, his robot could go on lecturing students in his place. However, it would never really “be” him, he said, or be able to come up with new ideas.
“We cannot transmit our consciousness to robots,” Ishiguro said. “We may share the memories. The robot may say, ‘I’m Hiroshi Ishiguro,’ but still the consciousness is independent.”
“I think in the near future, we’re going to have a brain-machine interface,” Ishiguro said. This will make the boundary between a human and a computer ambiguous because we could share part of a memory with the computer.
The Father spoke to the issue of disrupting death and creating immortality. He already has developed a functional means to make this a reality. It is part of His eternal plan for all His children.
He has the “science,” “technology,” and unlimited creative capacity to make it happen. He has the power of life, resurrection, and immortality within Himself.
John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.
Death will be swallowed up in victory. The dead will be raised imperishable and given immortal bodies. Immortality will be realized for all children of the King (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).
REFLECT & PRAY
The Father God of the Scriptures is unique from all other living entities. He alone is eternal, all-knowing, and all-powerful. He alone is the Creator; all else is a creation. He is the Creator of all that exists, life, eternal life, and time itself. He has no limitations and no boundaries.
Father thank You for making the reality of life and the certainty of immortal life the welcome and confident hope of each child of the King.
As science advances, people may create lifelike human replicants, but they will only be replicants. They may create “sentient” beings with neural nets capable of growing and developing, such as Data of Star Trek fame.
But that is not the same as creating a living or immortal beings.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are eternal and have always existed. All else is a creation: energy, matter, the cosmos, angelic life, and human life.
1 Timothy 6:14-16 Our Lord Jesus Christ, He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light . . .
1 Timothy 1:17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Paul designated God as “the King eternal,” a phrase that picks up on the theme of eternal life in John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. The term denotes God as the ruler of all ages from creation and pictures Him as literally the King of the ages. Second, He described God as “immortal” or immune from decay and corruption. . . Finally, He presented God as the “only” God, an adjective that insists that God has no competitors. God is unique, incomparable, and glorious (Lea and Griffin).
The Father God is worthy of honor, praise, esteem, and reverence because He is unique in His excellence. He alone has the majesty and power to create life, matter, and energy. He alone is capable of transforming mortal life into immortal life.
For modern science, immortality is a sought-after dream. For a child of the King, it is an unavoidable reality. Each of us will have an immortal body as the abode of our individual, immaterial essence, and personality: mind, spirit, and will.
We will be capable of learning, having new thoughts, and continual transformation, growing and becoming more like our Father throughout all eternity.
We will not be replicants; we will be ourselves forever.
© Dr. H 2022