Bible Study Series

Modern Idolatry

Part 8 – Apotheosis

Apotheosis (the pinnacle of human development) is the idea that humans are approaching godhood, in the absence of God, through evolution and careful planning.

“You will be like gods” in a “tower that reaches unto heaven” is the original serpent babble (Gen. 3:4, 11:4).  This fallacious idea is fed to the masses on this wise: “You’ve come so far from primordial ooze, and now you have an iPhone, so that…well, it proves that you will be a like gods someday!”  To the “Nimrods” who have influence over this world, and retain faith in Darwinism, they see it as their responsibility to build a foundation and engineer society in a way in which their “Jacob’s Ladder” is achieved.

As atheist Isaac Asimov stresses in his Foundation series, progress doesn’t happen by accident, it requires secret planning and social engineering.  Regarding their ladder for building Babel, UNESCO’s founding document describes their goal to “develop an extended or general theory of evolution which can provide necessary intellectual scaffolding for modern humanism…it shows us man as now the sole trustee of further evolutionary progress…” (from UNESCO: It’s Purpose and Philosophy).  The author of that document, Julian Huxley, coined the term “transhumanism” in the 1950s, which, we will see is the ultimate perversion of creation.

The idol-pushers combine education and entertainment to establish what amounts to a new opiate religion for the masses designed to shape our destiny.  The faith in apotheosis is the basis of science fiction: the creation of a new mythology with symbolic stories to teach the dogma pushed by the priests of scientism.  The dogma is one-world utopia, ecstatic technological advancement, and above all, evolution. Once you accept the groundless premise that mankind’s developmental past goes all the way back to ape… and before that fish… and before that slime, then you can naturally extrapolate that man’s future will be amazing.  Will he become a supercomputer cyborg?  Will he be bodyless?  It is no coincidence that seasoned anti-God, one-worlder, social Darwinian author H.G. Wells kicked off the writing of this “neo-biblical” canon 100 years ago with books like Food of the Gods, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and of course the Orson Welles broadcast War of the Worlds that changed the world forever.

As writer Joseph Loconte explains the origin of apotheosis: “Thanks to Herbert Spencer, a British social theorist, Darwin’s theory was re-interpreted as a doctrine of unremitting progress—and applied to society at large.  Every realm of human endeavor, from politics to economics to ethics, fell under its refining influence.  Humankind, Spencer wrote, was in a long process of adaptation and self-improvement…’the belief in human perfectibility.’”  This “Myth of Progress” is summed up in the words of social Darwinian Francis Galton in the 1910’s: “What nature does blindly, slowly, ruthlessly, man may do providently, quickly and kindly.

If a twentieth part of the pains were spent in measures for the improvement of humans that is spent on the breed of horses and cattle, what a galaxy of geniuses we might create!   We might introduce prophets and high priests of civilization into the world, as surely as we can propagate idiots by mating cretins.  It [eugenics] must be introduced into the national conscience, like a new religion.

Galton’s gospel of eugenics (cleansing the gene pool through sterilization) found fertile soil in Britain, in the intellectual salons of Europe, and in the United States. Forced sterilization was pushed by the Supreme Court!  Oliver Wendell Holmes, a disciple of Spencer, who authored the opinion, wrote: “It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.  Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Loconte says that rebel writers like C.S. Lewis “warned that the final stage of this process would arrive when human beings achieved full mastery over themselves.  Eugenics, prenatal conditioning, education and psychology would all play a part in the ‘abolition of man,’ the surrender of our essential humanity.  ‘For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means, as we have seen, the power of some men to make other men what they please’” (A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War, 2015).  Recall that another rebel writer at the time explained that God-like power means the ability to inflict pain on others (1984, George Orwell).

Cold Feet

With man becoming a god, it may be no surprise that the science fiction/neo-bible books deal with scientists trespassing into God’s domain.  Genetic engineering, weather control, traveling through the heavens, time traveling through eternity, creating a kingdom on earth, population control, creation of self-aware robots in their image, melding with machines…what could go wrong?  Experts developing these risky technologies are usually too afraid of being labeled a “Luddite” (a person who opposes technology) or a “conspiracy theorist” to provide an honest answer to this question.  No one wants to be derided as “the next Unabomber!”  But occasionally, an insider feels the weight of conscience and pulls back the curtain so that the truth is at least available for outsiders to judge for themselves.

Such was the case with Lily Kay’s The Molecular Vision of Life- Cal. Tech, The Rockefeller Foundation, And The Rise of The New Biology, where the author is not a “whistleblower” per se, but nonetheless provides an insider’s view as to how no serious science goes on unless it is approved by the elite educational foundations.  In Rise of the New Biology, she shows that eugenics disappeared in name only.  It became “genetics” and “microbiology,” and these disciplines focused narrowly on social control and mind control, not on scientific discovery.

Kay’s insights regarding the hijacking of universities and technology for world control would be obvious by the end of World War II, when Eisenhower said “Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over shadowed by task forces of scientists…In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research.  Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.  The prospect of the domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.  We must also be alert to the equal…danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

Indeed, the materialization of the elites’ technocracy is the subject of this work.  Insiders like Kay and Eisenhower are often on the fence, or else transitioning to a new worldview, and their well-rounded perspective is invaluable to anyone seeking objective truth.

Of course, this truth is found within the pages of God’s word, but it is nice to be able to watch it play out live in front of our faces.  The Bible provides a sobering conclusion that mankind is “continually evil” and “the world is in the power of the evil one.”  Hopefully, rather than seeing the actions of the dragon and the beast and the false prophet as a challenge to our faith, we can see them as “assurance of things hoped for” (the definition of faith in Heb 11:1).  We are told that “The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.   Therefore, God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thes. 2:8-12).

The strong delusion being taught in the universities and insider groups sometimes becomes too much even for those involved in building the new tower of Babel.  Such was the case when “Java Script” inventor and Chief Scientist at Sun Microsystems, Bill Joy wrote the prescient article “Why the future doesn’t need us” in Wired magazine in April 2000.  Helpful to anyone wishing to understand the worldview of a globalist social Darwinian, the article covers the author’s struggle between seeing the need for man’s technological evolution on the one hand, and the 50/50 chance of self-destruction on the other hand.

Ironically, he uses Theodore Kaczynski’s Unabomber Manifesto to elucidate the ways in which tech could render humans extinct.  Is apotheosis worth extinction?  He seems to feel guilty for bringing up the question!  He quotes his insider friend as if to answer: “I am as fond of my body as anyone, but if I can be 200 in a body of silicon, I’ll take it.”  He discloses his work with D.A.R.P.A. and skunk works (top secret military/Silicon Valley partnerships) to prove he is “not a Luddite,” but remains uneasy about the current lack of boundaries on the arms race happening in nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and robotics.  At least in science fiction there were rules for robots!  Of course, he yearns for the alchemical transformation, immortality, social utopia and apotheosis because it is part of the religion he was sold.  But he just isn’t sure about the cloning, the chimera super-viruses and self-aware, self-replicating robots.  Perhaps it is time for a plan?  He suggests limiting privacy, property, and access to information as an acceptable solution.  He advocates for an elite break-away civilization to control everything and leave earth if necessary, but feels a slight twinge of guilt: “who accepts the responsibility of the fate of those…who are left behind?”  Bill Joy’s dilemma may sound a little far-fetched and hypothetical to most of us work-a-day plebs, but both Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are currently building and launching ships for the purpose of Mars colonization.

They Seem to Have Faith

By quoting extremely well-rounded, genius-level experts like Carl Sagan, Oppenheimer, Ray Kurzweil and Arthur C. Clarke, Joy shows that the apple which tempts scientists to become gods has already been bitten (just like the Apple icon).  Relating the rush of power he felt from creating a nuke, Freeman Dyson says “I have felt it myself.  The glitter of nuclear weapons.  It is irresistible if you come to them as a scientist…to release this energy that fuels the stars, to let it do your biddingTo perform these miracles, to lift a million tons of rock into the sky.”   This writer cannot help but be reminded of Revelation 13:13 “And [the beast] works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men.”

In his article, Joy draws from books by the new “scientist gods” like Engines of Creation, The Age of Spiritual Machines, Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, Darwin Among the Machines and Ethics for a New Millennium to explain another aspect of apotheosis, man creating beings in his own image… whatever the cost may be!  Joy cites “Moore’s Law” that states computer technology increases exponentially over time, and predicts that “By 2030, we are likely to be able to build machines, in quantity, a million times as powerful as the personal computers of today—sufficient to implement the dreams or Kurzweil.”  Those dreams (for an elite group, at least) are to “gradually replace ourselves with our robotic technology, achieving near immortality by downloading our consciousness.

As distinctly a role of God, creating a being in our image is imperative for the Satanists who are bent on usurping the heavenly throne.  Billed as a marvel of the new age, this is yet another occult deception practiced by the ever-present idol-pushers.  Centuries prior to Shelley’s Frankenstein, secret masters of Cabbalism claimed they could create a “golem.”  Akin to disembodying a part of your life force to fashion an “egregore,” it continues today in black magic, genetic engineering, and of course computer coding.

The point at which the code (DNA or written computer program) becomes life has come to be known as the “logos” in the scientific circles which obsess over artificial intelligence.  As Franklin Foer writes in his 2017 book World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, “The mathematicians and engineers may have disavowed the existence of God, but they placed themselves in a celestial role of giving life to a pile of inorganic material.”  Foer uses Alan Turing as an example of how math, philosophy and theology fuse.  Turing, a brilliant mathematician known for code work in WWII, “believed that the computer wasn’t just a machine, it was also a child, a being capable of learning.”

Back when computers were merely a 1/2 ton calculator, he had faith enough to say, “We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual fields.”  Turing’s prediction materialized when IBM’s Watson beat all challengers on the quiz show Jeopardy.  Turing imagined that someday (2020?) people would not be able to tell whether they were communicating with a human or a robot (while blogging?). The “Frankenstein” quality of his research was subsequently “upgraded” in the 60’s and 70’s with cybernetic research (studying how the brain can be manipulated like a machine).  This involved the Macy Conference, MK Ultra, and a whole host of operations where the foundations and the CIA teamed up to play god, dissecting the secrets of the brain using drugs, abuse and scalpels.

Once again, it is “the power of some men to make other men what they please.”  Foer observes that artificial intelligence, laid bare, is just more elitism: “The problem is that when we outsource thinking to the machines, we are really outsourcing thinking to the organizations that run the machines” (World Without Mind).  In 2020, these organizations are popularizing transhumanism with publishers like Wall Street Journal and Newsweek writing articles entitled “Looking Forward to the End of Humanity” and “Cyborgs Will Replace Humans and Remake the World.”

The quest for apotheosis is a replacement faith based on the hijacking of the truth from the garden of Eden.  In another section we will show that the idol-pushers are spiritual, and they do have a vision, even though it appears that they are “logical,” “realists” with “mechanistic” and “sensory” scientific views.  We will find that they have a vision (for themselves) that they keep to themselves.  The religion they sell to their subjects, however, is much different.  “You came from nothing, you are going nowhere, and life has no meaning.  So, eat, drink, and be merry and play with gadgets and watch a story!”  As we will see, their religion is one of evolution, supercharged with genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.  With faith in technology, they will be a breakaway civilization of “ubermenchen,” or supermen, trans-humans, guardian lords uploaded into eternity!

The sad irony of this “religion” of course is that this alchemical transformation they scheme to create is already available in God’s promises to anyone who will accept!  The whole theme of the New Testament is death of the old, rising to new life.  “Be metamorphosed” Paul exhorts in Romans 12:2.   Ironically, the ancient occult teachings that the elite subscribe to, in which you take gradual steps to gain knowledge, are all available without years of subservience and initiation into a secret society!  God wants to freely give believers a “new heart” (Eze. 36:26) and “Put on the new nature.”  “He who began a good work will bring it to completion” we are told in Philippians 1:6 regarding the transformation available.  As far as growing in power, Paul talks about tapping directly into the source: “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”  “We shall be changed” as “This mortal nature must put on immortality.”  How could anyone ever hope to “evolve” any higher than that?

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