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What is transhumanism and why should people be aware of it? Transhumanism is the idea that humans can transcend their limitations such as mortality, perception, or identity. This idea has already proliferated our culture via movies like the Matrix, the Borne identity, 2001: Space odyssey, Bladerunner and Bicentennial man, just to name a few. Most notable TV shows are star trek and the bionic woman. The music industry is the latest to push these concepts through videos and lyrics. The Internet has effected the nature of our relationships and how we identify ourselves. Information has become accessible at a staggering rate. Organizations are centered on transhumanism and support the development of technologies that push human capacities. The World Transhumanist Association or H+, states in it's constitution:
"The goal of the World Transhumanist Association is to support discussion and public awareness of emerging technologies, to defend the right of individuals in free and democratic societies to adopt technologies that expand human capacities..."
From their philosophy page, Max More describes Transhumanism as..." a class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.”
H+ publishes a magazine teeming with biotech companies that are ushering in the age of "post-humanism" where one can be forever youthful, vigorous, and have an unlimited ability for information and mind controlled programs. In essence, H+ promotes the merging of humans and machines. In the video game trailer for Deux Ex: the human revolution, the "H+" logo appears at the end, signifying it's endorsement although it's not necessary. The game is set in 2027, where city riots abound and transhumanism is the norm. The player is "uploaded" to a post-human cyborg and fights against a government gone martial.
Why is this especially important to Christians and how does this fit into biblical eschatology? Transhumanism attempts to push God out of the picture, as creator and as moral law giver. It is another way for Satan to taint the human race and lure us into spiritual darkness. A new twist on his first lie: "Did God say that?...For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5). It was this ambition that caused Satan to fall when he aspired to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-15).
The idea of mingling humans with other beings is not new. Satan and his fallen angels have been trying to further corrupt God's creation and draw people away from the salvation of God. In Genesis 6, fallen angels have mixed with human females to create hybrids called "Nephillim" or in the Hebrew, "fallen Ones." They populated into groups like the amalekites, repharim, groups that were known for being large and powerful in stature. The Israelites came up against these hybrid Giants while obtaining the land of Caanan:
"And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, [is] a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it [are] men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, [which come] of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (Numbers 13:32)
Israel began to grumble against Moses and the Lord replied: "How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?" (Numbers 14:11)
The Lord told Saul, Israel's first king, to slay the Amalekites, a giant population: "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." Why would the Lord order the genocide of the Amalekites including livestock? Is it because they were a hybrid human? Saul did not obey the Lord, saving their livestock to sacrifice and the King of the Amalekites. (1 Samuel 15) Because of Saul's disobedience, he lost his kingship.
One of the most famous giants in the Bible by far is the Philistine, Goliath (1 Samuel 17). David defeated him with a small stone. It wasn't David's strength that slew him, but the power of the Lord.
Another one of these men was the famous Nimrod, who began building the tower of Babel. Why was he building that tower? To reach the heavens!This did not catch God off guard. He's presented us with his word, so we know what happened then and we know what's happening now. God said: "Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." This sounds like today! What we continuously fail to understand is that God is still in control and he has made a way out. The Bible is not a book of fairy tales. It speaks of the frailties and faults of humans, against a Holy, all powerful, sovereign God. Being love and light, God wants us to choose him. But like in the time of Noah, he will judge the Earth. His final judgement will usher an eternal kingdom where believers will have resurrected bodies in heaven and those who have rejected God, will spend eternity in torment. God wants to set apart his people from the corruption of this world (Psalm 4:3). Does this mean very tall people are Nephillim that need to be destroyed? No. We are called into a new covenant in which Jesus has judged the prince of this world (the devil) and made a way for people to be reconciled with God (John 12:31).
In the days of Noah
God judged humanity by a massive flood, saving Noah, his family and two of every animal (click here to see geologic evidences for the flood). It was during this time that fallen angels mixed with humans and "the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually." Genesis 6:5 Noah, however, found grace in the sight of the Lord (verse 7). Jesus said it would be the same in his final judgement when he said, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." Luke 17:26-27 Grace is unmerited favor, getting something one does not earn. It is this same grace that can save us from the wrath to come. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.
Daniel the prophet spoke regarding the mixing humans and non-humans as well. Nebuchadnezzar, one of the kings of Babylon had a vision which Daniel interpreted. In his vision, he saw multiple kingdoms or empires represented by gold, silver, brass and iron on a large statue. The toes of this statue was partly iron, partly clay: "And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." Daniel 2:3-5 This is a heavy prophecy! Daniel is shown the end times and the nature of future kingdoms. The last kingdom before God establishes his eternal kingdom will be a mixing of humans which will not mix well. We are spiritual beings created in God's likeness. To tamper with our nature as such is playing God and we will not win. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom because God knows best. Seeking the Lord in spirit and in truth leads to sanctification of the Holy Spirit. If we seek after other mediums for sensual spiritualism, we make them idols. Another one of Satan's lies is that there are aliens from other planets abducting people. Meanwhile, elite powers have been abducting people for years for mind-control/programming.
In the letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul underscores this sanctification:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:1-3
God has blessed us with individual personalities and talents. Paul exhorts the believers in Rome to keep their minds from being tampered with and serve the Lord with what they've been given. Throughout the New Testament, the apostles make a distinction between "the world" and "the brethren." What is this difference?
God and Mammon
Jesus tells a parable of the Rich man and the unjust steward. The steward is being fired for his poor money managing or usury and falsely lowers the debt of the rich man's debtors to gain favor from them. The Rich man tells of the steward's demise: ""Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Luke 16:10-14. Mammon was a term used in the Bible to describe greed or excessive materialism.
In Matthew 13:22, Jesus gives a parable in which he described the "cares of this world" choking the growing plant, representing a person growing in faith.
This world Vs. The next world
Jesus speaks of "this world" as the physical realm in which humans now reside. The "next world" is an eternal world where those welcomed into the kingdom of God have resurrected bodies: "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." John 12:25
"And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection." Luke 20:34-36
"And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world." John 8:23
"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." John 12:31
Who is the Prince of this world?
Paul describes this "prince" in his letter to the Ephesians:
"And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Ephesians 2:2-3
Drugs as a conduit to other realms
The use of psychotropic drugs to tap into different perceptions or states of conscienceness is nothing new either. Ancient peoples have used plants, mushrooms, and even poisons from animals to have "spiritual" experiences. Other drugs allow the user to become astutely focused and responsive to stimuli. In the movie "Limitless," An unproductive writer gets offered a new drug that taps into unused portion of the brain. He finishes a book in four days and draws up random information to solve complex problems. Some drugs have been used in psychiatric settings to unearth past experiences or erase old habits. The latest of these is the drug DMT or
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying], Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Psalm 2:1-4
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." 1 Corinthians 3:18-19
"But (we) have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (parentheses mine).
Important questions to ask yourself: which camp do I belong to? Am I of the world or do I belong to God who has reserved eternal glory for me? Is it coincidence that most mediums are displaying the same symbolism and themes? How am I buying into these ideals in my own life? If you do not know Jesus as your Messiah and savior, pray and ask him to forgive you. Salvation is a free gift! Get a bible and read about the nature of God. Go to a bible teaching church. God will begin to open doors in your life!