In this modern world of the internet and social media, I think it is important to remember that motivations vary from person to person based upon personal experiences and goals. I am constantly reminded of this fact by the many people with whom I interact online. It’s rare that two people react to something in an identical manner.
Just this week on Twitter I was presented with two web-links, which brought the diversity of thoughts and ideas that are out there right up to the surface. First, I saw a tweet by @ruthseely quoting from an article about nanotechnology written by an evangelist Christian.
“The problem is not technology. The problem is sin.”
The article and others on the website suggest that nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing will bring about the end of the world as we know it. We are in a race for nanotech superiority, and whichever country is able to grab the reins of molecular manufacturing will rule the earth.
It’s one of those websites that smacks of conspiracy theory jargon, but in this case there is no conspiracy. The reasons to fear nanotech are based in the bible.
The quote that @ruthseely took from the article doesn’t stop there. The entire thought is as follows:
“The problem is not technological development. The problem is sin. The power of technology serves to amplify that sin. And the solution is not a change in public attitude. The solution is the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.”
It is unfortunate that the author has to rely entirely on Jesus for salvation in this instance. While technology has the potential to amplify what are considered sins, it is the way in which people wield technology that makes the difference. I think that public attitude is an essential part of the solution to the problem of how best to use advancing technologies. Regardless, I find it interesting that the ideas of Ray Kurzweil are being used to support biblical prophecy.
I retweeted the link because I love to share interesing reading material, and the favor was returned by @pbrush:
“@drkiki what’s worse, that or those using recombinant dna to make a red heifer to fullfills biblical prophecy? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/readings/forcing.html“
In addition to being an enlightening read involving both fundamental Christian (Pentacostal) and Orthodox Jewish faiths, it contains this little gem right near the end of the article:
According to Lott, his efforts will ensure that “in the first one or two or three decades of the millennial reign Israel will be able to go into the tanks, pull out those frozen embryos, and place them in cows. And in one generation, whatever they lost in he tribulation, they will have the very best cows on the face of the earth….She will be able to get the rest of the world back on its feet again, agriculturally, from a livestock point of view.”
It’s amazing that otherwise fundamental faiths are, in this instance, using modern reproductive technologies for their religious needs. These same methods are scorned and shunned and protested when considered in relation to humans.
I’m not supporting any of these perspectives nor am I saying that they are wrong for any reason. In the end, both of these articles are, for me, reminders of the way that the human mind can rationalize any actions or ideas. It is one of the traits that does make us human. We need to remember this as we argue and debate against opposing perspectives. A little compassion for differences of opinion might do us all a little good.
I know it will for me.