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A.I. Isn’t Evil in and of Itself, Yet…

As Christians, we need to follow our conscious through the Holy Spirit in dealing with A.I.

With all the doomsday talk of A.I., I think it would be helpful to put the topic in its proper perspective, not as this evil, malevolent force bent on the destruction of humanity, but a more sobering take on what it really is and where it could be headed. Consider the words of the apostle Paul. 

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. Romans 14:13-14 

Now, in context, this passage is in relation to the believers’ conscience in terms of eating meat sacrificed to idols, but I do think we can pull an important Biblical principle from the text and apply it to our topic. A.I. has personally made my life a lot easier as I have used it to create meal plans (complete with a grocery list), for breakdowns of complex topics in my neuroscience studies, and even to check my comprehension of topics for posts on Medium! This technology has the potential to radically improve our lives, even helping the disabled complete their daily tasks, and aiding us in solving complex problems. 

Imagine a surgeon stumped concerning the best procedure for your critical surgery and A.I. generates a solution list that considers all of the factors, then offers the best course of action to save your life! Of course, it also has the potential to harm society with things such as misinformation, tracking our digital profiles, deep fakes, and scam kidnappings, but the reality is in these cases it is not the A.I. that is morally responsible for the offenses, but people who have chosen to misuse it. 

Consider a simple every day hammer. It has the potential to help build an orphanage for disadvantaged children as well as the potential to be used as a murder weapon. In either case, it is not the hammer itself that determines which action it is used for, but the person who picks it up and decides how to wield it. The hammer, like A.I., is only able to carry out the actions that we choose and I personally would still use a hammer to fix a hole in my roof, regardless if they are sometimes misused by violent offenders. Why, then, would I refuse to use A.I., because evil men abuse it? 

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall. 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 

This should be our hearts’ attitude on this issue amongst other believers as this is a new technology, one that we do not understand very well. We must be vigilant to not let anything take the place of the Lord Jesus in our hearts. If your conscience does not permit you to partake in this technology, it would be extremely wise of you to not disregard what it’s telling you, as ignoring it may have the potential to shipwreck your faith (1 Timothy 1:19). I believe this technology will be used by the antichrist to enforce the beast system. 

Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:14-17 

It’s easy to imagine the “image in honor of the beast” as a screen with an A.I. generated picture of the antichrist, similar to the fake celebrity avatars we can presently download and converse with. Only God can give life and so verse 15 is somewhat confusing at first, but makes sense once you consider the scene from the apostle John’s perspective, seeing into the future, trying to describe advanced technology without the technical words necessary to describe what he is seeing accurately. To him, seeing an A.I. technology with the face of the antichrist on a screen, speaking and scanning the area to see who has a chip in their hand required to buy or sell, would appear to be a living being with breath, making decisions involving life or death in regards to the willingness of people to worship it! To put it simply, I can certainly see why some of my brothers and sisters in Christ would want absolutely nothing to do with this technology.

However, as another example, we can expect guns will undoubtedly be used by the antichrist as well. If an intruder breaks into my home and plans to harm my wife and children, if I have a firearm, rest assured I am going to use it to protect my family. 

What kind of argument is it to say, “Well, the Antichrist is going to use guns to kill Christians, so I want no part in using the same tool to protect my brothers and sisters.” 

Like guns, A.I. is like a hammer used to fix a hole in your roof. Hammers have the potential to be used as murder weapons! For me, A.I. has improved my life, but the day it is used against Christians will be the day I will refuse to use it. Until then, it’s a wonderful tool with the potential to make human life easier. 

Now, there is one more aspect I’d like to address and that is the potential it has to negatively impact human relationships. Humans are meant for connection with other humans and we are called to fellowship with other believers. 

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:25 

One of the most frightening aspects of A.I. is the romantic apps you can download that simulate intimate relationships, even chatbots that simulate friendships. Adding on the additional layer of deep fake technology, it becomes incredibly easy to create intimate images of you and your desired partner and a chatbot that simulates a real relationship. Apple Pro glasses further confound the problem and so, from my point of view, one of the biggest threats to humanity in terms of A.I. presently, is the potential negative impact it can have in real, authentic, human relationships for whom God has designed us. 

Once this technology is integrated into banking systems and it becomes impossible to interact with the grocery store without A.I., we become more and more at the mercy of big tech companies. But once something like Apple Pro glasses becomes a necessity, human relationships will be forever negatively transformed.

Already the average adult spends about 5 hours a day on their phone and it’s remarkably sad to see a family spending their entire meal at a restaurant, each glued to their own screen. 

If even something as simple as a family bonding over dinner conversation is affected by an external device in our hands, imagine the impact of something where our entire reality is dependent on our virtual access to something we wear on our eyes! 

We, as Christians, must be in prayer as we consider our limits in regards to this technology, and when we will decide we will no longer participate in a system that slowly chips away at our humanity and the design God has for our lives in interactions with our fellow man. 

Ultimately, while I don’t believe A.I. is evil in and of itself, it certainly has the potential to both help or harm humanity and, unfortunately, I am skeptical that things will go well in the future as the technology develops. In the meantime, most importantly we must focus on our relationship with the Lord Jesus and seek His Kingdom above all else, while spreading the gospel to all who will listen before His return. Whether you want to use the technology for the advancement of the gospel (you can ask it to help you understand even things like church history at the moment) or not, will be a matter of personal conscience (God doesn’t need A.I. to save people). As long as it does not detract from your relationship with Christ, I say go for it. In the end, whatever trouble comes from this technology, let’s keep God’s words close to our hearts as we pray for wisdom and discernment for the times ahead. 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3 

As always, thank you for reading my friend, God Bless you.


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