Blurring the Lines between Science and Magic

“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

[2 Thessalonians 2:9-10]

It has been said that seeing is believing, but is that really true? Obviously God has given us senses to test and touch and taste and observe reality for ourselves. But it has been proven time and time again that even our basic senses can mislead us.

We can’t always trust that what we “see” is real. Illusionists and magicians have proven this for centuries, using deception and distraction to play tricks on the human mind. What the illusionist does with his magic is not far from the scientist is doing today with his technology — blurring the lines of reality and fantasy.

C.S. Lewis understood this, writing in Abolition of Man.

“The serious magical endeavor and the serious scientific endeavor are twins: one was sickly and died, the other strong and throve. But they were twins. They were born of the same impulse … For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.”

[C.S. Lewis – Abolition of Men, pg. 87-88]

The same concern that Lewis observed in the pursuit of science is now being realized in our generation. Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are posing new challenges to what we understand to be reality. The sophistication of artificial intelligence has reached a point that pushes the boundaries of human perception. Images and human voices produced by AI are no longer discernible from real images. The lines between the virtual and the real have been dissolved.

Just watch the 45 second clip below to see how AI is able to create images that cannot be distinguished from reality.

https://youtu.be/8siezzLXbNo

This begs the question… If the human eye and mind can be deceived with artificial images and voices, then how do we know we aren’t already being deceived? Who is in control of this technology and the dissemination of information? The potential applications of this technology, frankly, are terrifying. Sabotage. Blackmail. False Accusations. Witch Hunts. Criminal Framing. Political Corruption.

Just because we “see” an image on the screen doesn’t mean that it is real anymore. The church must wake up and realize that our only hope of surviving the mass deception coming in these last days is to be filled with the Holy Spirit and grounded in the word of God.

Even the devil himself masquerades as an angel of light. Even the Antichrist is coming with all kinds of lying wonders and miraculous signs that will deceive the whole world. These powerful, fantastical wonders could very possibly be connected to Artificial Intelligence and its ability to create images undiscerning to the human eye.

Only the word of God is true. Believers must be grounded in the Scriptures so as not to be deceived. If we are not firmly rooted in the Word of God in these last days, we will be in danger in being swept away and deceived by the satanic black magic of the evil one, who is using the power of technology to play a deadly trick on the whole world.

I leave you with the words of Jesus Christ, who reminds all of His disciples to remain grounded in the Word of God so that we can endure through the times of difficulty and deception coming on the whole world.

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth18As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

[John 17:14-19]

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