For centuries, for ever, mankind has sought to cheat death. But death always comes to claim its rightful possession. The fountain of youth is just a legend. Each man who has been been born and died had to meet his Maker – whether or not he wanted to meet Him. It’s just the way things are.
But now, in the 21st century, men have decided to search for ways to delay or even cancel the meeting. Some of the best minds on earth are attempting to “hack” death – via the wonders of modern technology. It’s the stuff of entertainment as well as real-life technology, and the lines between fact and fiction are getting very blurry. Will our world’s foremost transhumanist minds win in their fight against death? Will they find eternal life, without God?
Solomon, the ancient king known no less for his wisdom than his power and riches, had this to say about death:
“There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.” (Ecclesiastes 8:8)
But that was back in 930 BC. What did that old dude know? It’s 2018 now, and we’re surely much smarter.
Is Curing Death Possible?
Have things changed since he wrote those words, almost a thousand years before Christ? Yes, a little – but men still die. Not that they aren’t attempting to get around it. Men like Ray Kurzweil who think (and hope) life can be extended indefinitely, and the Google-backed company Calico (“California Life Company”) who are spending lots of money (and time, the stuff life is made of) researching how to extend life, and many other famous names in technology from Ellison to Thiel are all trying to uncover the secrets of cheating death.
They could save themselves a lot of trouble if they’d just listen to that old Blue Oyster Cult song – and not fear the reaper. But the reaper is pretty scary, especially when the afterlife might not be the way you’d like it to be.
Better yet, they would save themselves a lot of trouble if they would just listen to the Bible. If they would read what the Book says (and believe it), they’d learn far more secrets about death than their billions of dollars and years of research could ever tell them.
To start with, they would learn that death is inevitable. I know, they think they can get around that, but there will be no loopholes. These men are sure to fail.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)
Why Shouldn’t We Try to Hack Death?
But let’s play “devil’s advocate”. What if there is something to all of this? What if it could be successful? What’s so wrong with cheating death? Fair questions. But I have some reasons why the whole idea of cheating death is vanity (as Solomon would say).
- It is anti-God. The whole concept of extending lifespans unnaturally and cheating death begins with the premise that “we reject God”. To the pioneers in anti-death technology either there is no God, or God is incorrect, or God can’t dictate our fate. Either way, the foundation of these efforts is rejection of and rebellion against God and God’s Word. Much of what is commonly called “life-extension” research actually falls into the category of antichrist technology: it looks for other ways to achieve eternal life, other than God’s plan. (Since they’ve rejected God at every step of the way ,they need to replace him with something – usually AI, the god made in man’s image.)
- It embraces the serpent’s urgings. I’m referring here to what the serpent in the garden urged Eve to do – and by extension, Adam – to do. This “unlawful” technology effectively says there was nothing wrong with Adam’s sin and what he did was just fine. What was Adam’s sin? It was a lot of things, but it comes down to 1) rejection of God’s Word, 2) self-godhood, 3) a search for knowledge outside of God’s framework, 4) siding with God’s enemy. This area of research – the attempt to live forever on our own terms – is another form of the exact same thing the serpent tempted Eve with.
- It blames God for death. Realize that when someone like Kurzweil tells us death is a tragedy, and we’re going to fix it, he’s admitting that death is a curse but implicitly saying God is the one to blame. You don’t think it’s an attempt to slap God in the face to try to keep on living on earth, through man-made technology? It is, because no where do any of these technocrats ever acknowledge that we are sinful and therefore we have this corruption.
- It rejects the Gospel. The search for eternal life in the flesh, on this earth, in the “here and now” is a total rejection and revilement of everything the Gospel says. By looking for ways to live forever, not only are these people saying, “God did not provide a solution to death” but they’re sending a message that the Gospel is not true. Don’t miss that.
- It rejects Jesus Christ. If you are looking for “eternal life” that comes in a vial or microchip or some other means, you certainly don’t believe what Jesus clearly said. He said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Does that mean anything? Is that statement true? How about another of His statements, where He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Do the words of Jesus have any meaning? If so, what did He mean – and are those words true or are they lies? That’s a question everyone must answer for themselves. But a person can’t believe they need to find a way to cling desperately onto mortal life while at the same time believing that Jesus was telling the truth. You either reject one or reject the other. If you believe Jesus, and believe He did what the Bible says, you won’t feel any need to cling to transhumanist promises.
- It says that mankind can be his own god. This is the essence of the matter, and the core of why these people feel the need to try and find a cure for death: they have struck off on their own, and told God “no thanks, we’ll figure out a way to do this on our own”. Believe this, Kurzweil does not bow down to the Creator each morning, thanking Him for everlasting life. Try to imagine that; it goes against everything the transhumanist movement believes in.
- It is creepy and perverse. (Not always, but fairly often.) Much of the culture that surrounds life-extension technologies, transhumanism, and everything related seems to get off into the realm of depressing, dark, and dystopian territory. To be clear, when I say “creepy”, I’m not talking about stuff like taking your vitamins. I’m talking about The Brain That Wouldn’t Die-types of things. Because on one end of the spectrum there’s a lot of “normal” improvements to our lives here on earth like taking supplements and eating right. This end of the spectrum is (in my humble but correct opinion) OK: it works within the system of natural order. The other end of the spectrum is where things are creepy and just plain wrong – freezing people and implanting their brains in robot bodies, uploading people’s minds into AI copies of themselves, injecting nanorobots into people, and turning people into non-biological entities, among other things. Call me the weirdo if you want to, but I think a lot of the stuff researchers are feverishly working to create is the stuff of nightmares.
- It is doomed to fail. Right or wrong, believe what you want about it…it’s never going to work. Don’t think I’m just a doubter; I know they have and will continue to develop some amazing technologies. But I contend that they never will defeat death, because mankind is not just a piece of meat that can be kept alive with the right kind of parts replacement and enough electricity. A person is a living soul. The body is destined to die, no matter what we do. God is the one Who gives life, and God is the one Who takes it. He has the ultimate say in the matter, no matter what this world’s billionaires and scientists insist on contending. Neither goodness nor wickedness can deliver those who are given to death – and that includes all of us.
Solomon told us we have no power to retain our own spirit. The rest of his statement on death is also instructive: “And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 8:10)
What Will be the Result of Trying to Cheat Death?
All of today’s very best headline-making scientists and top brains will one day be forgotten – both the good ones and the wicked ones. None of what they do will ultimately matter – I promise you. If you’ve read my past articles, you know my stance on AI, transhumanism, the end times, etc. and it basically comes down to: it’s all very interesting, but I already know who prevails in the end.
So, do I care about cheating death? No; not in any earthly sense. Jesus Christ already defeated death. He solved the problem for me and everyone else who will accept the clear, simple solution. You can know death has no power over you. I totally, 100% believe 1 Corinthians 15:50-57. I have no reason to waste my current life seeking ways to extend it (beyond basic common-sense nutrition). To me, transhumanism is the ultimate irony; it’s like wallowing in death.
I liken the quest to defeat death apart from God to the Tower of Babel. We’re witnessing the building of a new Tower, but this time it’s technological and virtual. We’re witnessing a new World Order – which is the old one you can read about in Genesis 11, just repackaged a bit.
A lot of people want to be a part of the so-called “New World Order” (even if they never use that term). They believe it’s claims. They embrace a vision of a new world, recreated in man’s image (not God’s image). But it’s all gonna fail, and it’s gonna burn down. Don’t let the slick advertising for all things against God fool you.
There is a new world order coming, one that will work perfectly and one that will last. But the mind behind it is not an AI, and the ruler of it will not be fallen man. It will be the true God who created everything (from nothingness).