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May 20, 2011Posted by on
ANYONE SEEN THE ANYBOT?
Imagine walking into your local coffee shop to get your morning coffee when you notice a peculiar machine enter the store. It’s a robot which is an avatar of someone sitting in an office somewhere far away. You watch the robot as he orders a scone, pays, leaves a nice tip, and then rolls out the door. Well that’s exactly what happened in Mountain View California some three months ago.
Introducing the Anybot. The Anybot moves on two wheels, has a long stem for a body and a head at the top where interaction occurs. This mobile avatar robot has its gliches and problems, and it is still uncertain if the technology will take off in the business world where it is promoted, but it’s clear that the release of products like this is another step in the march towards a transhumanistic society.
The public has been immersed in the indoctrination of this technological movement for some time now. It’s amazing to think that just 15 years ago, people had pagers instead of cell phones, wrote letters instead of emails, and actually had to walk down to the coffee shop to buy a scone. The various ingredients are beginning to settle into their place to perform their given role in the ushering in of a One World Government and technology is certainly one of them. We see how social media has laid the ground works for a panoptic society. The outright occult symbolism in entertainment. The care-free narcissistic nature of our social philosophy and the propaganda spoon fed to the masses through the use of media. All of these things have become more easily accessible to the public through technology. And in this time of tremendous change, we find ourselves entrenched in an age of history deeply characterized by deceit. Introduce new forms of technological and biological enhancement to promote a quickening of natural evolution and what do we get? The extinction of man, and the birth of the post-human; transhumanism.
TRANSHUMANISM AND THE ANTI-CHRIST
The picture here is of a superhero called Metalder. This was a television show from the late 1980’s in Japan where a man who was almost killed in an automobile accident became a crime fighter, half man, half robot. Sounds like a familiar plot line doesn’t it? I watched VHS tapes of this show sent to me from my relatives in Japan back when I was a child which might explain my odd fascination and passion with this topic. I’ve listened to and read lots of Tom Horn of Raiders News Network and author of the book Apollyon Rising 2012 and Forbidden Gates, regarding this issue, who I believe is the front runner speaking out to expose the dangers of this movement. He has a lot to say on transhumanism and is a great source for extensive information and research. It seems the Christian community is extremely uninformed of what is quietly unfolding in the world of science in labs around the world. Thus, I feel called to make my second film for youtube on this topic and how it ties into the New World Order agenda to provide another medium where people can be informed and ultimately saved. I also believe that there are deep spiritual implications to what the transhumanists want in the goal of singularity, which is the creation of super-intelligence which would combine the best attributes of man, and the speed to process information of the machine, resulting in a complete blur in what it means to be human. We’ve seen the movies with artificial intelligence and the hypothetical moral dilemmas that may arise from these scenarios. But is it possible to consider that these advancements in genetics, bio-chemistry, nanotechnology, and more will usher in the Anti-Christ himself?
I’m going to get really speculative here and just present some food for thought. I am not a bible scholar, or a theologian but I do have a passionate desire to learn and grow in my faith from the Word of God and a personal relationship with Jesus. So that being said, let me dive into this ultra speculation of which I am sure I will make some terrible assumptions and generalizations that will have theological contradictions all over the place. Just a warning and again, these are just ideas, not truths or new doctrine since we can never really know the exact details for the fulfillment of prophecy until it happens.
“Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.” -REVELATION 13:11-17
In verse 14, it is mentioned that the second beast “ordered them to set up and image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword yet lived.” Now I believe that the beast who was wounded by the sword yet lived is a counterfeit ressurection scenario. But is it simply going to be supernatural in the same way God resurrected Jesus? Or, because it’s counterfeit, could it be possible that this beast who dies, lives no longer in flesh but is “brought back to life” in the main frame of a computer hard drive? The reason why I propose this thought is because of one of the goals for transhumanists is the advent of uploading our consciousness into a computer. People like Ray Kurzweil have promoted the idea and many like minded folks firmly believe that this is where we are headed; a breakdown of that it means to be human, until we are no longer biological beings but a free flowing consciousness existing in the aether of the main frame information network. This is synonymous with another idea stemming from the singularity movement to charge the particles of all creation so that it becomes “self aware,” in other words, wi-fi across the universe. Getting back to the beast, lets say that humanity achieves this great transition between biological life form as we see today to a life form encased in the computer network with the event of the “resurrection” of the beast. Well this naturally calls for creating an avatar for the beast to be able to interact with the world at a physical level. Thus, “He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” Revelations 13:14 NIV. Then subsequently in the next verse, “He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” Revelation 13:15 NIV. I may be crazy, but I can totally see how this entity living in the aether of the internet who is a conscious spiritual being could use this machine or avatar to cause great destruction around the world, physically killing and enslaving those who didn’t bow to him. And to go even further, the next two verses state, “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Revelations 13:16,17 NIV. Again, as a conscious being living in the internet, he would have the capability to usher in a new form of commerce to any and all who are linked up to the internet by means of a global, digital version of social security numbers or personal identification. Now my projection is that using the internet in a world where singularity is accomplished would not be sitting in front of your PC for a couple hours a day to read the news. In fact, as some predict the smart phone to be the device that the majority of the nation will be on the internet through within the next couple of years, it is also fact that within the next decade, our cell phones will be used to buy, sell trade etc. The technology is already here, but as we move along, these new integrated systems of technology will become more and more advocated, promoted, and encouraged just as we see iPhone and iPads being promoted today. This movement is well funded by us, with particular focus being on the military industrial complex to create super soldiers and other advanced weaponry. In the same way fire arms revolutionized the methods to which land was conquored, so will be the transhuman army be used to carry out the agenda of the enemy.
Now I understand these are wild thoughts. Perhaps I should go ahead and make a science fiction story out of it. I totally would if it hadn’t been done in one way or another several times already. The point is, Christians, and even non-believers alike, must begin to ask some serious questions about transhumanism, and where it’s all heading. Along with physical problems that may arise, there are certainly spiritual issues, but even more, ethical and moral issues that will require a new system of law to be practiced. I believe it’s very important and we would be foolish not to discuss these things. It’s all there in plain sight. This new technological revolution may be the groundworks for all of these prophecies written about the end days to manifest.
THE CORPORATE WORLD
My beloved wife just attended a conference for her job. She is the manager of service desk in the IT(Information Technology) department of a major corporation here in southern California. This conference had cutting edge companies and people in the realm of information technology, communication, and strategy on the corporate platform. As my wife sat through the first keynote speaker, the mentality of the people at this conference became clear. This is where my wife told me about the Anybot. This gentlemen who is the CEO of a major IT organization said things like, “You ARE the data!” and “I’ll be the first in line to get chipped.” These quotes and the overall worldview of this guy is interesting for a couple reasons. One, the corporate IT field is basically testing grounds for any new forms of technology or communication tools in the corporate environment, hence inventions like the Anybot. This will undoubtedly lead to the quickening of the integration between man and machine by means of practical application. Second, the attitude that “we are the data” and the comment about getting chipped is a reflection of the philosophy for these corporate environments. Driven ultimately by money, the men and women in this field of work are willing to get chipped in order to sustain their job, keep up with the technology, and the belief that the world is somehow going to be a better place because he or she can now exchange thoughts and ideas using their highly integrated bio-technical brain rather than the slow and limited old way of typing emails.
I know I was kind of all over the place with this post, but my hope is that we can start discussions, fellowship, and ultimately reconnect and strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ. I mentioned earlier that I am working on a film for youtube on this topic and so if you have any feedback or input, please feel free to contact me. I believe not enough people, especially Christians are talking about this issue and I also believe it is a great topic to witness Christ and evangelize to the world since the phenomenon is very real and tangible. And as a final note, I just want to say that if you’re still reading this, I thank you for putting up with the sporadic and probably a very un-scholastic look at those verses in Revelation.
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” -LUKE 21:28
April 18, 2011Posted by on
When I was growing up, the original Nintendo game console was the big hype. Everyone wanted the console that came with Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, and Track Meet. The console came with a controller, a gun for duck hunt, and a running pad for the track meet game. It was awesome. I had friends over and it was the beginning of the video game industry that would explode in the coming years. As innocent as shooting fireballs at King Koopa or hunting for slow predictable mechanical ducks on screen was, I do remember the quick succession of games that came out that became more and more violent.
By the time I got to college, it was the XBOX and Halo became the huge hype while over the internet the game Counterfeit was so popular that entire shops were opened where you could pay money to sit at a computer and play Counterfeit. Both of these game were first person shooters which meant the screen was from a first person point of view with a gun in front of you. I had many late nights of playing Halo with my roommates, connecting two or three XBOX consoles to create teams. We would scream and yell and even get angry when things went wrong. I also had a roommate in college that was so into Counterfeit that he had a head set with a microphones screaming “Bridge! Blue 5! Counter! Counter! Counter!” late into the night.
Really the topic of violence and video games is not new. In fact it’s something that has been discussed for a while and like movie rating, video games have ratings that determine how violent or how appropriate the game is for certain age brackets. But I believe the level of violence in video games is again, the continuing of desensitizing the youth of America.
I believe there is a spiritual component to all we see and hear especially in the main stream media. The elite who have control over the content that we consume as a mass populous must have some sort of agenda. A good question we always must as ourselves is, “who benefits?” This question is not strictly in a financial sense, but also in a social, emotional, and even spiritual sense. It is my belief that it all has to do with the break down of any sort of moral or ethical belief systems, mainly Christianity.
Jesus once said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” -Matthew 5:43, 44. Love your enemies was and still is a revolutionary concept. Video games, especially the violent ones, do the exact opposite. The goal for many of these games is to identify the enemy and destroy them. I am not suggesting that everyone who plays violent video games are going to walk out and become violent people, but consider my personal experience.
There was a game called Grand Theft Auto that got really popular a few years back. It is an RPG (Role Playing Game) where you walk around a town, steal cars, rob banks, make deals with the mafia etc. There really is no point to the game, but the bottom line is that part of attraction of the game was the ability to hijack cars by literally kicking people out and taking over a vehicle and drive around crashing into people, buildings, trees, or whatever is in the way without any consequence. Now I am guilty of playing this game a few years back and after playing for several hours, I had an interesting experience. The next time I got in a car, my mind was in Grand Theft Auto mode and although I would never act out on it, I was ready to run over people walking on the street, crash into other cars, run red lights etc. Now again, I would never act out on it but the fact is, my mind was somehow in some sort of hypnotic state where all I could do while driving was imagine myself doing the things that I did in the game.
There are several other games currently that kids are into that promote violence. The most popular right now is perhaps Call of Duty. But at the end of the day, we just have to be careful and keep our children and ourselves aware that in this video game saturated society, what’s really important is not found on a PS3 or XBOX or Wii or iPhone or whatever. In the near future, I would like to talk about occult symbolism found in video games today. It’s a whole different topic but it does tie into the degrading of our society through the use of electronic entertainment.
April 14, 2011Posted by on
Our culture is saturated by media. In particular, death, pain, suffering and other destructive behavior are being glorified in media as being no big deal. There seems to be one particular genre in which this ideology has become extremely prominent; humor. We all have a different sense of humor. But I believe that main stream media through movies, television programs, and other facets have shaped our perception of what is funny. There are literally thousands of examples but the first one I want to show is the now iconic scene from Indiana Jones: The Lost Ark.
To be honest, I thought this scene was pretty funny the first time I saw it. But stepping back, I wondered if anyone prior to the 20th century would have found humor in that scene in the way we do today.
But as innocent as Indiana Jones shooting a swordsman is on the silver screen, we have to remember that this was some 25 years ago. Humor has evolved. What many people in America today find funny is in the suffering and torturing of others. The mentality of “it’s funny as long it’s not me” is very true in our society. Today, we literally live in what I consider, a Jackass nation. I am not going to post any clips of this show or the movies here, but to those who do not know about Jackass, let me enlighten you. Jackass is basically a bunch of guys running around pulling pranks and putting themselves in dangerous and disgusting situations on purpose to provoke laughter. Without going into detail of some of the grueling and disturbing pranks and stunts performed, I will use a couple examples from the DVD that launched the Jackass crew to MTV stardom called CKY2 K which I recall watching a year or so prior to the show airing on MTV.
One of the fellows, whose name is Bam, set up a handful of fireworks in his fathers van. His father who had to leave for work at 5 in the morning got in his van and to his surprise, was treated to a firework show. He panicked and quickly got out of the car to escape the life threatening situation to find his son Bam and his friends not only filming the whole thing, but laughing hysterically. Another prank that was done to Bam’s father was when Bam and his friends stormed into the restroom where Bams father was taking care of business. They slapped him, hit him, ran around like lunatics yelling, screaming and laughing hysterically. I will say that these pranks were relatively innocent compared to what was to come. The pranks became more and more devious and disturbing, while their stunts became more life threatening and dangerous. America at this point was already on a downward spiral of morality and ethics, especially when it came to humor, but I believe the advent of shows like Jackass was an acceleration of that process.
In 2002, the Jackass series moved to the silver screen and their first major motion picture was produced. I am sure from the Hollywood perspective, this was a great idea because it was relatively inexpensive to make, yet it was tremendously popular to the impressionable youth of America. I remember as a freshman in college going to see the movie the day it came out with all of my roommates and buddies on the swim team, which was basically a college fraternity. The theaters were packed and as I looked around, I remember seeing a majority of the audience being teenagers to mid twenties. As the movie began, there were several pranks that were the typical Jackass style. But since each stunk or prank lasts no more than a couple minutes, the movie which ran nearly two hours was packed full of content that continued to push the envelope.
I recall being somewhat “into it” at the beginning of the film to see what kinds of crazy stunts they had done for the movie. But as the film progressed, I became increasingly uncomfortable and annoyed. Keep in mind that I was a freshman in college, and not yet a believer in Christ. I was as rebellious as the fellows on the screen, but some of the stunts were too much for even me to bare. The most disturbing part of the entire experience that haunts me to this day, is not any prank or stunt pulled in the movie. It was the forced laughter of hysterical proportions that the audience continued to spew out as the scenes got worse and worse.
This was no innocent chuckle. It was down right sinister. I remember seeing my roommate forcing his laughter so hard, that his veins were popping out of his neck and forehead. The laughter was fake, forced, loud and disturbing. It was almost as if they were purposely laughing simply to deal with the disgusting content. I recall missing a good portion of the movie because my attention was on the reaction of the people rather than the movie itself. There were some who had negative reactions. I remember seeing a couple of girls covering their eyes, and remember this is not a horror film in the traditional sense. I had a roommate vomit. I saw others just get up and walk out. Yet, the majority of the audience was in hysterical laughter of a sinister and evil nature.
Again, there is no need to post any footage of this movie or the shows because of its disturbing nature. But I believe movies and shows such as these are responsible for the continuing down turn of our culture on a moral, ethical, and social level. Flip through the television and you will see 90% of the content being what I consider un-Godly and sinful. Walk into a Blockbuster and you will find that 90% of the movies on the shelves promote immorality, death, lust, or some other outright sinful act. The problem is more than simply depicting the sin, it is the reveling of it. It is not being depicted to show its problems, but rather, it is glorified making it “normal” or “cool” for the masses. The ideology that stems from this kind of content is that this behavior is the norm and something is wrong with you if you don’t revel in sin like the rest of them.
Another example that glorifies death with the use of humor is the Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards is a website that has been around for some years now. The header caption on the website says this, “A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring Those Who Improve the Species…by accidentally removing themselves from it.” The basic idea of the website is to hand out awards every year to the funniest accidental deaths. This is another example of how we are being indoctrinated to think death is funny in some way. I am sure that the family and friends of those who passed away and are glorified on this website do not think its funny. Yet, every year, the website gets over 65 million hits and has over 150,000 newsletter subscribers. This is a deliberate degrading of the importance and sacredness of life. It is reducing life to something that is insignificant and unimportant and it makes me sad to see so many people supporting and following this website.
I was recently having a conversation with a co-worker who was talking about some of the issues she was having with her children and how they thought that she was “falling behind the times.” I believe this is an illusion. The concept that people are “moving forward” to me is a deception. This is particularly true in the human rights movement supporting the Gay and Lesbian community. Now that’s a whole different topic that I won’t get into here, but the fact is what our children perceive as “progress” is nothing more than the continuing of the break down of moral, ethical and social standards of humanity. At the end of the day, what is being promoted through main stream entertainment is that there is no God, that we are all free to make our own decisions, and that we are perfect the way we are. In other words, we are our own gods. I think I’ve heard this one before:
““For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”-GENESIS 1:3
Humor has been used as a tool or veil to corrupt our minds. There is nothing inherently wrong with humor. But like anything, used in the wrong context and the results are disastrous. I am not against progress in technology, in culture, in society. But I am against progress just for the sake of progress without a purpose. What I see and hear in the world around me is the perception of progress for good, but I believe we all need to take a step back and really look at what we are indoctrinating the minds of ourselves and our children with. Compare it to the teachings of Jesus Christ and look at the pros and cons and then move forward with the best suitable action. Come Lord Jesus.
“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”