Another way I can describe it is: It’s a religion of unbridled optimism and faith in man’s technological abilities.
Modern society might be too advanced for something as archaic as Christianity, but that doesn’t mean it’s not religious. The 21st-century world is just as religious as ever. The only thing that has changed is the object of worship. As we are well into the 21st century, look around: you will see superstition and idolatry everywhere.
This opiate of the people for the atheists is a temporal god, because it’s the god of self. Not everyone actually says they worship their own self, mind you; but they do it just the same. It’s quite obvious, just by looking at the things people spend their time doing and what they talk about the most. If you look at those two aspects of a person’s life, you can tell a whole lot about where their true love lies.
In our present age, we have innovations and advancements in self-worship that the world has never had. These high-tech advancements include the following:
- Easily-available, realistic, cheap entertainment. At the push of a button, almost anyone – rich or poor – in a first world country has almost instant access to a movie or video game of their choice. This includes more entertainment that anyone could even take in if they stayed awake 24/7. It’s more than we need or could even want. Just a decade ago, this was not the case. Two decades ago it was not even visible on the horizon. Our situation currently was unimaginable to most people back then. But now, we take it for granted.
- Unprecedented materialism. If the “buy buy buy” attitude of today doesn’t concern you, please re-evaluate your affections. Just as in the movie They Live, we are bombarded with advertising and nothing less than propaganda that tells us we need to buy more, earn more, invest more, get more. Consume. Accumulate. To what end? The ones telling us that we need the latest and the greatest – and more of it – don’t have the answer. Just do it. Live for the moment. And spend more money.
- Preoccupation with the flesh. Working out, healthy eating, and scientifically engineered supplements have never been so prevalent as they are now. Taking care of one’s body should have some importance, but the act of improving the flesh has turned to devoted worship for some people. (Taken a few steps further, this way of thinking has fed into the transhumanist movement, as well – the attempt to circumvent death altogether and gain eternal life without God.)
- Proud selfishness. Have you ever stopped to think about how ridiculous so-called social media really is? Aside from the numerous outright warnings from former social media execs and programmers (detailed in previous posts), just examining the social media phenomenon shows it has little, if any, real value in anyone’s lives. Does it help families share pictures? Sure, but people have done that with analogue methods for decades – without the side affects of dopamine-hit dependence. Love of self is the highest love for most people, and they’re not ashamed of it in the least. Quite the opposite – pride is the highest value, now. The truth is that social networks are (by-and-large) narcissism programs purposely engineered and built to addict the users and earn money for the inventors.
- Endless offense. Plug in to anything now – news, movies, TV, music, FaceBook, etc – and you will hear about someone who was offended, someone offending, or maybe even someone searching for a thing to be offended about. It’s now the full-scale time of the “rights of the people” – the true and prophetic “civil rights” movement as described by Jesus in the book of Revelation concerning the Laodicean church. Our entire modern world is Laodicea – and people are claiming their rights. But while the unbelievers complain about supposed Christian “hypocrisy”, they themselves wallow in their own hypocrisy. (You may prove that by tallying the number of hard-hitting criticisms of Christians compared to those of other belief systems…particularly Islam.)
- Boldness in sin. I’m not a prude, and I’m not a 17th-century Reformed preacher, and I’m not some kind of Victorian-era holdover. But I guess I’m old fashioned, because I don’t accept many of the things that are cheered and championed today. All I can say, sometimes, is I don’t want to see any more sin. It’s too much. The lowest of the vile are lifted up and exhibited as better than the rest of what used to be normal society. It’s as if the world has been inverted, turned upside down, and everything has been reversed. Sin – even the most filthy, sickening practices – have gone mainstream. If anything, this is evidence that people worship themselves as gods – because they have torn down the order that was present in God’s intention with so many things.
There are at least 3 Ways Transhumanism Contradicts the Bible
- It claims we are not complete, there can be more, and mankind can engineer those improvements. But the Bible says we are complete in Him. (Colossians 2:10)
- It’s goal is to allow the human body to live forever physically, with the aid of technology. But the Bible says we are to count our flesh as dead. (Colossians 3:3)
- It teaches that we have evolved up to a point and in order to evolve further by harnessing technology. But the Bible says we HAVE been changed spiritually by the power of the Holy Spirit and we WILL all be changed physically when we see Jesus Christ again. (1 Corinthians 15:51)
Transhumanism is a direct assault on the Image of God. What’s all this about? It’s about attacking God. Undermining God. Insulting God. Deposing God. These are the goals of Lucifer.
For a sermon that explains it well, I recommend Charles Lawson‘s sermon on Assault on the Image of God. The pastor lays it all out, in terms you will rarely hear in a pulpit – and NEVER hear in the mass media.