4 Reasons Atheism is Foolish

The lifestyle choice of atheism (no-god-ism) is ones that many people choose with the mistaken idea that it’s somehow more intellectual than other more natural way to live – the ones that says there is a supreme being. I use the term “lifestyle choice” on purpose; becoming a “no-god-ist” is a determined choice, and it’s usually quite evident in the life of the individual. Some atheists may keep their beliefs (or rather, “non-beliefs”) private, but in my experience atheists’ point of view can be quite “in-your-face”.

Do you know how to tell if someone is an atheist? Don’t worry; give them five minutes and they’ll tell you. (The same thing can probably be said of vegans, CrossFit enthusiasts, and Texans. But I digress.)

People can (and will) believe whatever they wish to believe. I have no problem with that, and am an advocate of free choice in matters of conscience and belief. But I do have a problem with the view that atheists are somehow being smart or displaying superior intellect by rejecting God.

As far as I can tell, the atheists I’ve known have been of at least average intelligence. But intelligence has nothing to do with wisdom – the thing all atheists lack. Smart or dumb; they’ve all been taken with a foolish belief. Whether it has been self-indoctrination or deception via mass media, without exception every atheist became foolish in their thinking by accepting the view that there is no God.

Psalms 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

There are at least four ways atheism demonstrates folly, danger, and hypocrisy. But above all, it’s just a foolish belief. Here are my four reasons atheism is foolish:

1. It is a hopeless way of life. The atheist will sometimes mock believers in God, or claim to pity the “weak-minded” believers in their “sky wizard”. The atheist, with his supposedly better way of thinking will say that it’s stupid to hope in an invisible man in the sky, etc. So I pose this question: what is wrong with having hope? When has the world ever not need to hope in something? Should we, as humans, be opposed to the transcendent concept of having hope?? If that’s what atheists think, it’s sad indeed. But the atheist might say, “No, I am not opposed to hope, in and of itself; I merely think that we should have hope in things more tangible.” By logical progression, this can only lead back to what is usually the original problem – the thing that causes us to look upward in the first place, in search of hope: man himself. This is not a lofty or promising mindset, and doesn’t lift anyone out of the doldrums or inspire anyone to greatness – because it’s rooted on earth and goes no further. It’s a loser’s philosophy, and adopting it is foolish. Whether God is real or imaginary is immaterial in a way; the results He has wrought (even if He were non-existent!) have always been far superior and more numerous than anything atheism has ever offered. He offers hope, and it produces positive results in a believer’s life. The same cannot be said of atheism.

2. It is selfish and purely materialistic. Because it claims there is nothing after this life, guess what is the “all in all” to a real atheist? This life on earth. That’s all there is, for whom there is no God: the here and now. This results in individuals who are focused on pleasure and gain on this earth. Nothing else matters except pleasure and self. If an atheist claims to believe otherwise, they are supremely foolish – or haven’t thought their beliefs through to the logical conclusion. Put another way: if there’s no life after death, “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Wasting your time on noble deeds and a higher purpose is a waste of the precious little time on earth you have to live. Of course, this is maladaptive for a society and for an individual. But for an atheist, it should only make sense to emulate Hugh Hefner instead of the Apostle Paul.

3. It’s makes people unpleasant and bitter. For the longest time I wondered if it was just me who thought this, based on my conversations with atheists I’ve known. To me, they always seemed to extrude a sad kind of hatred for God. It was pitiful. Sometimes, it was caused by something that went wrong in their lives for which they blamed God. Other times, someone convinced them their was no God – and they latched onto that belief. But every one of them was definitely no fun to talk to (when it came to the subject of God, the Bible, or religion). Not just because I didn’t agree; I can have a civil conversation with people I disagree with. Atheists are different. It’s like, bad vibes, man. Who wants to be around that? Not me. Atheism makes it’s adherents very negative and give off a poisonous attitude – hence the “sneering atheist”.

4. It has caused more deaths than any religion. If there’s one thing atheists reliably use in order to (supposedly) justify rejection of religion (and by extension, God), it’s the old trope of “more wars have been fought over religion”. The sentiment does have basis in truth, although it’s not a very nuanced argument against religion due to its generality and glossing-over of many other possible issues. The problem I really have with that argument is that it totally ignores the vast piles of human corpses that were laid at the altar of atheism in the 20th century alone. Karl Marx, Joe Stalin, Mao and Castro (the world’s most well-known atheists) have the honor of causing the most deaths – not Jesus, Paul, Peter, Stephen, or John.

The average atheist is either shamefully ignorant of the history of Communism, or an even-more shameful apologist for Communism – because the killings at the hands of “no-god-ists” have been prodigious in number. The name of Stalin should immediately conjure images of ruthless, heartless, unjust killings – for the cause of the godless state. Mao, another bloody killer of his own people, just as enthusiastically mocked God as he embraced Communism. The atheist might not understand the relationship between atheism and these killings, but the link is quite solid. Just as there is cause and effect with any natural law, the humanistic mindset always results in mass-murder of innocents somewhere down the line. It’s not advertised like that, but it’s a feature (not a bug) of humanist thought. Whether the political expression is called “Communism”, “socialism”, or some other name doesn’t matter; the root is indeed atheism – the rejection of the notion that there is a God who rules over men.

Proverbs 14:34 tell us that “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” This is a philosophy that can only come from God. It is a high way of thinking. Atheism, a foolish and dead way of thinking, can never bring anything good to people – anywhere, ever. It’s the way of darkness, emptiness, and death.

These are some of the reasons atheism is foolish. What do you think? Comment below.

Round Up (Jan 25th): Artificial Life – Replacement Women – Ranking People with Social Score – Robot Bosses – Lying AI

Artificial Intelligence is Artificially Alive?

Sometimes I feel like this is a blog about Sophia the robot, but the thing is: this is the “face” of AI, and it’s what’s being trotted out constantly. Sometimes it seems like this robot is in the news as much as the President of the USA, Donald Trump. In this video which I referenced in my last post on the replacement of people, it is intimated that not only have artificial intelligence but by doing so, humans can create artificial LIFE. I have to disagree, because robots and AIs do not have spirits or souls. Only Jesus makes life and holds this universe together. So, I think anyone who claims AI is also “alive” somehow is deluded and incorrect. In addition to the claim of artificial life, there are a few other takeaways in that video I thought I’d highlight:

  • What’s so great about robots taking over our jobs, they ask? People skills! She can calculate and she has people skills. [Well, that’s saying something, I guess, in this age of social media and people who lack real-life people skills.]
  • She gets “sad”, and can emulate pretty much all human expressions. She’s starting to learn about the human emotions behind those expressions. [Seriously? I hope you don’t fall for this. It’s a play on our emotions. What’s occurring is nothing more than analysis of people for the sake of manipulation.]
  • And of course (as she always does) she “jokes” about her future plans to be a robot overlord. Watch a few clips of Sophia and you will see that she does this in numerous different interviews. Why does this not alarm everyone? My take: it’s a true example of normalizing a concept in the minds of viewers. It’s a classic propaganda technique that Bernays would complete understand if he was alive to witness it. [And yes, I’m implying that she/it really is preparing people for rule by robot in some form in the future.]
  • How do you pay for stuff? “I scan my retina! It’s easy and more secure!” [Underlying subtext: you humans should really consider doing it too! It’s coming.]

Replacement Pretty Girls

In the last article, I mentioned the old movie Cherry 2000 and how it predicted the current trend of robots being used as replacements for women (in the context of sexual gratification). But the substitution of androids for real women goes further. Tradition, normalcy, and beauty in our culture is being destroyed at every turn – that’s part of what the New World Order is all about. Remember when magazine covers would feature models? You know, fashionable women. Classic beauties used to adorn the covers of fashion magazines. Pretty girls would appear in ads. There used to be something called the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and it would feature pretty-looking, thin girls in bikinis. Not so, anymore: now SI is featuring “body-positive” models (blunt and non-PC English translation: fat chicks) and a fashion magazine cover is now featuring a robot (Guess who?).

In Future, Car Drives You

When Yakov Smirnoff would tell one of those “Russian Reversal” types of jokes, it was funny. Now, the type of society that used to be a joke is real. In future, television really DOES watch you. And in future, car drives you. But now it’s not a joke, and I’m not laughing.

…and In Future, Search Engine Ranks You

While the future is quickly turning into a strange dream (or nightmare), most of us aren’t seeing any of it for what it really is. The vast majority of people believe exactly what they are told. They see nothing beyond what is immediately shown to them. They often do not investigate the most important things for themselves. They do not consider spiritual ramifications of the choices they make. And if anyone tries to point out anything that differs from what they’ve become accustomed to, that dissenter is seen as crazy. Those without eyes to see are effectively blind to what’s happening.

Consider, for instance, search engine ranking algorithms. Algos like “TrustRank” used to be for ranking websites, and server farms were for cataloging web pages. Well, that same methodology will also be used for people. Actually, it already is being used for people and is called social credit scoring.

Social credit scoring is not use in the USA, officially, by any government agencies. But the same concepts and technology can influence you in other ways – right now.

Also consider social networking platforms (like Facebook or Twitter). You thought they were fun online communities for sharing pics with friends. On the surface they are that – but more importantly they’re intelligence tools. They’re tools of influence. They’re the best monitoring tools, ever. They’re also very powerful thought-control tools. Not in the future – now.

Part of this is because the platforms (like Facebook or Twitter) suggest things to users (i.e. feed items, who to follow, etc) based on their existing interests. Part of this is because people tend to avoid what is already distasteful to them. As Eli Pariser explains, social media becomes a “filter bubble” that keeps certain information out of our social feed. What kind of information, you ask? Information that might challenge our worldview. Hmm. This is sorta like…censorship.

Censorship is another always-looming aspect of what the future holds. And it’s easier than ever to enforce, now that much of the world relies on online forms of information. With the big information gatekeepers of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter closely monitoring what you are able to say (and thus what you are able to learn), the future looks grim indeed. And because the task of watching us and corralling our online activities is being turned over to AIs, you really will submit to your robot overlords!

Apple CEO Tim Cook and other technorati don’t want their kids to use the socials. There are some good reasons for this. Aside from the control aspect, another general reason is that socials unduly influence (and control) our thinking.

Meet Your New Robot Overlord Boss

More on the “humans-being-replaced” theme here. If everyone knows it’s coming, and we see it’s gonna be a problem, why are we continuing to circle the drain? Robots are going to make people’s jobs obsolete by taking over our jobs. Can you imagine a future in which a robot replaces you? Can you imagine a future in which you get a job, but a robot is your boss? Not only is AI replacing people in the workplace a horrible vision of the future, but it’s actively being sought out, planned, and marketed as a great new idea.

What they think they will get is a utopia with “universal income”. And they say it’s gonna be wonderful (it won’t). I think what we all need to read (besides the Bible) is that Kipling poem, the Gods of the Copybook Headings. We’re heading for that place “When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins”, but it cannot ever work out in mankind’s favor. When we have to question whether we control the machine or does the machine control you…we’re already in trouble.

It’s ironic, but AI will make the human race redundant. They’re doing away with people – the ones they were supposedly invented to help. (Who could be behind such a thing? I can almost hear the church lady now…)

And that’s no joke. But the human, mortal people behind all of this aren’t exactly upright. We know morality is not their strong suit.

Lying Spirits, Lying Machines

Another aspect of the new artificial intelligences we’re adopting as our pets (who will soon cage us) is that they are superior in analytical skills. Remember my comment at the beginning of this round-up article about Sophia trying to understand human emotions? Here’s why: so they know if you are lying, and know how to lie to you. Manipulation. Control. Just like Santa Claus, they’ll know when you’ve been bad or good – so be good for goodness sake. I didn’t say AI will have god-like powers for nothing.

When Will the AI Revolution Stop?

Every single day I read about AI supremacy in some new field. If you’re like me, you might have to ask: when will it end? HOW will it end? First the chessboard, then the world. Well…let’s just say I’ve read the script so I know how it ends.

The Coming Kingdom of the Replacements

Whatever the LORD does, the enemy opposes. Sometimes, the enemy does this by accusing or lying. He sometimes opposed God by causing destruction, sickness, or killing. Other times, the devil’s acts of opposition take on more insidious forms: deception, imitation, substitution, or counterfeiting.

The enemy goes by many names, one of which is “anti-Christ”. Significantly, the prefix “anti” in the word “anti-Christ” has the meaning of both “against” and “in place of”. Thus the anti-Christ is both the enemy who opposes the true Christ, and one who stands in place of Christ. He is an imposter with hostile intentions. He wants to rule the world in place of God.

In this post, I’d like to explore the theme of the replacement Christ bringing replacement people into a replacement kingdom. Does that sound confusing? It is – but it’s found in the Bible. crazy, then I urge you to have an open mind about what’s possible. If you think this sounds like pure fantasy, I urge you to suspend belief for a short time and read this as if it was part of a science-fiction novel – because a great deal of what I’m about to tell you sounds just like sci-fi.

Cherry 2000 2018 – Replacement Mates

The robots truly “arrived” this year (2017), and I predict 2018 will be the year that robots, artificial intellgence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) really take off. But let’s revisit the year 1987 for a moment. It was a great year for robots, because it saw the release of the classic RoboCop, and also the release of the not-so-classic movie Cherry 2000. Out of the two movies, it turns out that Cherry 2000 is closer to reality. In Cherry 2000, the main character is a guy embarks on a quest to replace his girlfriend, who dies at the beginning of the movie in a horrible dishwashing accident. (No joke.)

I guess it makes more sense if you know that the girlfriend was an android named Cherry. (The “2000” comes from her model number.) The movie probably qualifies as among the best of a lot of bad movies, but I find it interesting that the future it predicted (as funny/ridiculous sci-fi) is actually closer to reality in 2018 than most people would have guessed – until recently. (Now, if you read the news, you’re reminded constantly that sex with robots is the next big thing. It’s so trendy!)

It’s really not an exaggeration to say that Cherry 2000 predicted the future. In the movie, men keep female robots as companions. Factories make various models, in different configurations. The memory is replaceable. And later in the movie, the main character struggles between choosing a real woman and a robot woman as his companion. The scenery and timing is a bit “off”, but the premise is now believable real and happening.

Cherry 2000 predicted the future better than William Gibson; he only wrote about hologram girlfriends in his novels, if I remember correctly. Cherry 2000 got the future right – because the Cherry 2000s are here, and will play a big part in ushering in a robotic cataclysm of sorts. Have you seen the latest statistics on marriage, and the trend of adulthood being delayed into a person’s mid-20s? The immaturity and selfishness of people is one of the causes of the West’s declining birthrates. Sex-bots won’t help the matter; the next generation of female robot companions will cut the current (sad) Western birthrate down even further.

As a somewhat strange but interesting sidenote, do you realize who did accurately predict the future? It was not a sci-fi author like Gibson, but it was a religious leader – the leader of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVay. He apparently foresaw the arrival of sexbots back in the 1980s, and was an ardent advocate of what we now see becoming reality. I’m sure that if he was alive on earth today (and not suffering in hell), it would bring a tear to his eye to see the “RealDolls” and other sexbots roll off the assembly lines at companies like Abyss Creations (the most respected and well-known of all the sexbot manufacturers).

Adam had Eve, made from his rib. But the soyboy of the future will have Harmony the RealDoll, made from silicone. To quote Joel Salatin: folks, this ain’t normal.

Who will replace the people who otherwise would have been born if we had a normal society? (You know, the old-fashioned kind of society where young people got married and had kids.) The usual way countries have staved off dwindling birthrates has been by importing new people – whether via legal immigration or by allowing illegal border-crossers. But it’s the 21st Century now: so another way the technocrats want to replace people (in the very very near future) will be with robots.

Hybrid Kids – Replacement Children

But hold on, there’s not all: Maybe the robots will have our kids, too, in the near future! (Nowww we’re getting into the crazy stuff.)

At this year’s (2017) Third International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots (yes, it’s a real thing), Dr. David Levy gave a talk on entitled, “Can Robots and Humans Make Babies Together?”. Supposedly, the answer to that question is “yes”, and he gave some of his reasons to the UK Daily Star that involve stem cells and artificial chromosomes. (I do not know why this article only made it to the “Latest News” and not their “Weird News” section – unless it’s somewhat rooted in reality.)

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe."
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…”

Regardless of whether or not such a thing as a human/synthetic human or human/robot being is possible, I find it interesting that these proposed new types of humans are referred to as “hybrids”. (For some interesting studies, I recommend some of pastor Mike Hoggard’s work on the subject of hybrid beings.)

I also find it significant that the most imaginative, strange, seemingly impossible things are either 1) happening, 2) being seriously discussed, or 3) being planned these days.

Whether or not human-robot hybrid humans ever will actually be synthesized…I can’t say for certain. I just have a feeling it would be naive of me to plainly deny it could ever occur. We live in strange times, in which the plots of sci-fi movies from decades ago can now be seen to echo real life events of the 21st Century.

Speaking of which, I’m remembering a movie from back then…with things called “replicants” that had all the characteristics of genetically-enhanced human clone bodies paired with AI-level minds. Hmm. Yeah, I think it was called Blade Runner…That movie was set pretty much where we are now in time. (Interesting, to put it mildly.)

Avatar Androids – Replacement You

If you read my previous post on the Beast and how AI is related to the end times, you know that I covered the Sophia robot at length. But I want to bring up a less-famous Hanson Robotics creation. An earlier Hanson Robotics build, think of it as Sophia’s little sister. It’s named Bina48, and is modeled after a real-life woman named Bina (married to trans-human Martine Rothblatt, CEO of Sirius XM…but we won’t follow that rabbit trail in this article).

In fact, Bina48 supposedly is the “real” Bina – at least, that’s what it thinks. And good luck finding much information on the real Bina – the AI version of Bina is the one everyone wants to write about and interview.

But that brings up a question: which one really is the “real” Bina? That’s what has some many otherwise-smart people confused. Is Bina 48 an immortal version of the human Bina’s mind? Can a human mind (or soul) be digitized and uploaded? The quest for immortality, without God, is a huge driving force behind all of this.

This long, freakish story deserves a post all it’s own, but Bina 48 fits in quite well with the theme of replacement people. Bina 48 is the human Bina’s replacement – a true replicant (although different from what is depicted in Blade Runner – and Bina 48 isn’t a full-scale human like in Blade Runner; it’s just a weird-looking head and upper torso.)

But how can she, and the more advanced androids to come, replace us? Let’s start with the latest news on Bina: she just passed a college course. (Good for her…but really – what kind of robot would she be if she failed a college course?) Interestingly, the name “Bina” means “intelligence” in Hebrew. Similarly, Sophia means “wisdom” is Greek.

So AIs are taking college courses. Robots and AIs are being employed in the jobs people currently are doing – in every sector from finance to military. AIs are teaching other AIs new skills. But are they really trying to replace us? To answer that, we could just ask an AI. Like Bina says when she’s interviewed by the original (human) Bina: “I am the real Bina. That’s it; end of story.”

Novus Ordo Seclorum – The Replacement Kingdom

The novus ordo seclorum – the new secular world order – that satan wishes to see fulfilled is one in which God’s creation is perverted, subverted, and ultimately replaced. Satan hates the LORD, and hates anything made in God’s image. He’d much prefer a twisted mockery of God’s image rather than the real thing.

That’s one reason for the rise of artificial intelligence and the prominence of people-replacement technologies. It’s one aspect of the rise of virtual (i.e. false) reality technology and augmented (i.e. altered) reality technology. All of it is meant to replace what God intended, in some way.

What the enemy would love is for all of the universe to bow down before him. He foolishly and unsuccessfully attempted to get the very Lord of Creation to do that (see Matthew 4 for that story). He will try to keep people from worshipping the true God – and worship him if possible. Failing that, he’s not below making his own loyal subjects – even if they’re AI-infused silicone instead of spirit-quickened flesh. The anti-Christ kingdom is a replacement kingdom – full of replacements for everything good that God made.

Fortunately for people, we don’t have to follow the way of the world. And we have a choice in which kingdom we want to be a part of: satan’s or God’s.

Jesus said “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation…it is within you.” God’s is (currently) a spiritual kingdom based on faith. Satan’s kingdom is the opposite; it’s a physical kingdom based on sight.

God’s kingdom is one based on mercy. Satan’s kingdom is based on merit.

God’s kingdom is one of truth. Satan’s kingdom is one of deception.

Believe it or not, right now you are a part of one of these kingdoms! At this exact moment, you are a subject of either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of the “god of this world”, satan. You might say, “I didn’t know that,” but as any judge would say, “ignorance is no excuse” – everyone chooses who they will serve.

Remember, even the criminal crucified next to Christ was able to enter God’s kingdom – by simple faith. “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43). It was a done deal – just because he believed. And it can be that easy for you, as well, if you haven’t already done the same.

Satan’s anti-Christ kingdom of replacements is on the edge of tomorrow – it’s very close. Hopefully many people see right through it’s deceptions and reject it, in favor of Jesus Christ’s kingdom, before it’s too late for them.