We live in a day and age where technological advancements dominate almost every aspect of our lives. One of the most impressive and perhaps, powerful technological breakthroughs that we have seen in recent years is artificial intelligence or simply, AI.
From voice assistants to self-driving cars, questions arise regarding their implications on our faith and religious beliefs. In this thought-provoking blog, we are going to answer the questions:
- What does the Bible say about artificial intelligence?
- Why are some technological experts sounding the alarm and warning us against the rise of artificial intelligence?
- How can artificial intelligence fulfill Bible prophecy?
Through an exploration of relevant biblical passages, theological interpretations, and ethical reflections, we are going to answer these questions straight from the Scripture.
Whether you are a person of faith curious about the implications of AI or an AI enthusiast intrigued by its intersection with religious beliefs, you will surely learn powerful lessons and gain fresh insights from this blog. Aside from that, I’m going to offer you a free booklet to help you better learn Bible prophecies.
So, stick around to the very end, and let’s get started!
What does the Bible say about artificial intelligence video
In this video, let me share with you the shocking truth about artificial intelligence, how it may fulfill Bible prophecies, and what should be our response as followers of Christ!
What is artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the capability of computers and machines to mimic the intelligence of humans to perform a wide range of tasks. Through sophisticated programming and coding, AI can simulate human-like cognitive functions such as perception, problem-solving, learning, decision-making, and reasoning.
People now employ artificial intelligence to generate written content, artistic designs, videos, and so much more. AI is now useful in the fields of finance, healthcare, transportation, and communication.
As useful as AI is, there are people who raise important ethical, social, and philosophical questions, such as the impact on employment, privacy, bias and fairness, accountability, and the nature of consciousness and human identity.
The potential danger of artificial intelligence
More and more people are seeing not just its benefits but also its risks.
When I first heard of people saying that AI is a threat to human civilization, I thought to myself, “Well, these people are obviously overreacting.” However, as time passes by, I can slowly see where their concerns are coming from.
In late March this year, more than 1,000 leaders, researchers, and individuals in the field of technology signed an open letter that talks about how AI can potentially put society and humanity in general at risk. One of the signatories of the letter is Elon Musk, which is quite ironic because he is one of the co-founders of OpenAI, which created ChatGPT. He left the company in 2018.
Short-, medium-, and long-term risks of AI
Now, why are these people so concerned? There are short-term, medium-term, and long-term risks that AI poses.
In the short term, AI can generate biased, false, and toxic information. They call this Artificial Intelligence hallucination.
In the medium term, AI is a job killer. For many years, we thought that AI would only replace blue-collar jobs. However, today, we are seeing how AI is being used in the creative fields affecting the jobs of artists, writers, and entertainers.
Did you know that some people are now trying to use AI to create actors and actresses? They try to replicate famous people now. Even when an actor is already dead, he can still star in movies and shows! What’s more, AI can make these movie stars look younger or older.
I, myself, felt firsthand the sting of AI advancement. With AI technology such as ChatGPT and Bard, one writer can complete the job of 10 writers. I recently lost two of my writing jobs. Now, I’m left with just one or two writing projects per week.
Now, if you think that the short- and medium-term risks are already gloomy, think about the long-term risk. Some experts say that AI may become out of control and take over humanity while others say that’s unlikely to happen.
So, why do some people say that AI can be dangerous? For one, because of the vast amounts of data AI analyzes, they may learn unexpected behavior. The danger happens when AI can write and create their own computer codes. They say it is only a matter of time before AI can write codes that could lead to dangerous outcomes.
What’s so frightening today is that tech companies are racing with each other, trying to create the best AI in the world. They would do their best to outdo each other and become the leading company in the field of artificial intelligence.
They may be motivated by greed and ambition to the point that they will deliberately or ignorantly dismiss the possible ethical dilemma of AI.
To describe a truly powerful AI system, they coin the term “god-like AI.” A god-like AI is a superintelligent computer that can learn and develop new systems automatically without any need for supervision.
Explosion of knowledge prophesied in the Bible
The Bible is quite accurate when it says Daniel 12:4:
4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
Undoubtedly, we are living in a world where knowledge has exponentially and astronomically increased. How big is the information we have now?
Estimates include that in 1900, knowledge doubles every 100 years. In 1945, knowledge doubles every 25 years. People at that time were already impressed with the rapid advancements in knowledge. Now, what do you think their reaction would be if they know how fast knowledge doubles today?
Can you guess how rapidly knowledge grows in our day and age? Today, knowledge doubles every 12 hours.
When the Bible says knowledge shall increase, it surely does increase and the growth is just beyond our wildest imagination.
The statistics I gave you are quite fascinating and scary at the same time. In the midst of this information explosion, the Apostle Paul mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:7:
7 Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Sadly, that’s what’s happening. With the explosion of knowledge and information, one would expect that people would become wiser and would have a better chance of knowing the truth. Yet, as we have seen, we have seen the rise of fake news, lies, and false doctrines.
Although we have an ocean of information, most people don’t even know the basic truths found in the Bible!
The possible role of AI in the fulfillment of Bible prophecies
Now, one of the most intriguing questions people have asked is this, “What is the role of artificial intelligence in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy?
We don’t read the exact term artificial intelligence in the Bible. Nevertheless, Bible prophecy might give us a clue.
Let’s go to Revelation 13:14:
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
We can see here that the second beast will command people to create an image of the beast. The Greek word for image here is eikon, where we derived the English word icon. Strong’s dictionary defines this as likeness, statue, or representation.
The book of Revelation says to make an image. This tells us that the image is a created object. Could it be that people will use artificial intelligence to create this image?
Notice what happens to this image in verse 15:
15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Could this image be in the form of a robot fused with the power of a god-like AI? Because of its power and access to a plethora of information, the image can easily detect any person who refused to worship the beast and get them killed.
Since Satan wants to be like God and God created man in his image, could it be that Satan would also create an image of himself and cause people to worship his image?
Now, we can’t tell for sure. I always wonder how current and future technology would play a role in the fulfillment of biblical prophecies. All these are just speculations of how Bible prophecies would take shape.
Nevertheless, we can’t deny the fact that the future Beast power and Satan can potentially use artificial intelligence to control the people and make them worship a false god. Anyone who refuses to bend their knees would then be punished or put to death.
Hope for the future
As we read Bible prophecy, we can see that the future will surely be dark, dreary, and gloomy. This world is going to be ruled by Satanic leaders who would destroy and kill anything and anyone that opposes them.
Some of us will lose our jobs. Some of us will lose our friends. Some of us will lose our properties. Some of us might even lose our lives.
Without the hope that we have in Yahweh, it is so easy to be afraid and depressed. Thankfully, we can all place our faith in God. No matter what happens in this life, no matter how modern technology changed the way we live or how it will fulfill prophecies, we can all have peace in God.
We read in John 16:33:
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
We don’t get our peace from this world. We don’t get our peace from our job, properties, and money. We don’t get our peace from other people. The Bible tells us that we get our peace from Jesus Christ or properly known as Yahshua the Messiah.
Our Savior continued saying:
In the world you will have tribulation… Now, that’s quite scary and depressing. Thankfully, that’s not how the statement ends. It says, but be of good cheer… Christ knew that we need encouragement because this world can be very chaotic and messy as we near the end of human rule. So, why should we be of good cheer? Because our Savior has overcome the world.”
So, let’s not fear, friends and brethren. We can go through this world with courage knowing that Yahshua has already conquered and overcome the world. We can have full confidence that no matter what happens now and in the future, there is a happy ending, when one day, Yahshua would step in and establish His Father’s Kingdom here on earth.
Thus, we must all pray, “Thy Kingdom come” and may God speed that day.