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Transhumanism is the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology. This is a big idea. The evolution of man. At face value, H+, or Human plus, appears to have many benefits that can help humanity. It has the potential to fight against age and decay, to make our lives easier, and to better equip us to keep up with an ever-changing world. Transhumanism also poses numerous obvious moral and ethical issues that must be addressed before entering this covenant. But the question remains: How would the world ever accept the ideology of transhumanism? With all the unknowns that exist, how could mankind reach a point of accepting a union to merge with monsters and machines? A scheme that is currently in place to achieve this goal is predictive programming.
Predictive programming uses media to subtly influence the viewer into the acceptance of an idea over time. It is the underlying message of a given means of communication. On the surface is a visual montage, or arrangement of images in a sequence that is used to convey a particular message, and underneath lies an indirect suggestion with the intent of eventual implementation in society.
We are living in a time when marketing geniuses, script writers, and producers deserve the applause of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels. Society is constantly inundated by carefully crafted advertisements specifically targeting their audiences. Data mining is at the top of its game, and Google and Facebook are topics we will save for another day. Television shows, or regularly scheduled programming, glue viewers to their screens for an allotted time period and deliver direct and underlying messages to the audience, only to be briefly interrupted by a short break of telling viewers what they need to buy before returning to the conditioning process. In dramas or narratives, viewers relate to a protagonist or antagonist, whatever the case may be, and the content providers can string them along to digest a given ideology almost undetected because of their connection. In reality shows, the viewers are conditioned to accept a standard due to their celebrity worship or their admiration of a particular host. Sports programming plays a similar card—and, as we have seen in days of late, political views and patriotism (or better yet a lack thereof) have crept into a previously unknown arena. The list goes on, but needless to say, television communication plays a huge role in how we view and process the world. The same can be said of the movie industry. With this in mind, here is an example of predictive programming. Insert your favorite suggestion here.
At the beginning of the process, the suggestion might be placed in a fictional narrative or even science-fiction format in a movie. By doing this, the viewers can be taken farther down the path because the idea isn’t presented in the realm of reality or as actually ever occurring in society. Then the idea reappears in a few different television shows—the more episodes the better. To further embed the suggestion, more movies are made to present the topic in a positive and negative light; this way, the topic opens up for discussion and the desired outcome is publicized. This is followed by disbursing the theme into both print and digital media advertisements. Wash, rinse, and repeat. During each cycle, a higher frequency of the suggestion is added, and more reality is incorporated to keep up with current trends. The familiar analogy of the frog in the pot of water comes to mind: If you drop a frog in a boiling pot of water, it will immediately remove itself from said pot, but if you slowly turn up the temperature, the frog will remain in the pot because the change in temperature is seemingly undetectable. The downside is that regardless of the rate of escalation, boiling water is an unfortunate ending for the targeted frog, as is transhumanism for the world. Predictive programming slowly desensitizes and conditions the public, numbing it into submission and acceptance. Before I go too far in this direction, let me tie this back to my personal life and the idea of transhumanism.
I am a child of the late ’70s and ’80s. Among my favorite cartoons growing up were DC Comics- and Marvel-based programming, namely, the Super Friends and Spiderman. Close seconds were the Fantastic Four and Captain America. I spent many a day watching the Justice League battle the Legion of Doom, as well as seeing Spiderman swing in to come and save the day. I clearly remember the desire to have superpowers I could use to battle evil and fight injustice in the world. A closer look today shows that my childhood heroes were actually the products of transhumanism. Peter Parker’s DNA was altered from a bite by a radioactive spider. He became Spiderman when he gained the abilities of superhuman strength, Spidey sense, agility, superb acrobatic skills, spider web glands, and the capacity to stick to most surfaces.[i] Barry Allen’s DNA was altered when a lightning bolt struck his lab and rendered him The Flash. The metahuman speed he received from his electrocution provided him with the means to defy gravity, run up walls and over water, and move faster than time itself.[ii] The Fantastic Four DNA alteration was a result of their being accosted by cosmic rays while they were on a trip into outer space. After the change, Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) could stretch his physique and skeletal structure beyond the measure of human understanding. Susan Storm (Invisible Girl) gained the ability to cloak herself with invisibility by bending light around her flesh. Johnny Storm (Human Torch) gained flight and fire. Benjamin Grimm (the Thing) received superhuman power and rocklike stability from the blast; regrettably, it also caused him to suffer becoming very unpleasant to look upon.[iii] Steve Rogers participated in Project: Rebirth, a secretive governmental project led by a pre-DARPA organization if you would, that cured his polio, gave him superhuman strength, and brought Captain America to the world.[iv] I went on journeys with these heroes for years, and appreciated how they used their special powers for the good of humanity. All of these characters began as mere mortals, but became as gods. They also seemed to share a good upbringing, hold the same morals and values, and use their newfound abilities for the good of mankind. How could anything be wrong with becoming a transgenic superhuman?
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On the demigod side of the coin, my favorites were Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. These beings were born this way. Superman (Clark Kent), or Kal-El (Voice of God) was born on the planet Krypton, and was endowed with an arsenal of superpowers. He could fly, and he had heat vision, freezing breath, and superhuman strength and speed. He used these abilities to protect those who dwell on the earth.[v] Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) was born on the island of Themyscira and was the offspring of Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons and Zeus. Her extraordinary agility, strength, endurance, heightened senses, combat skills, and the ability to quickly heal during battle were all genetically upgraded gifts from the Greek gods.[vi] Similarly, Aquaman (Arthur Curry) was the product of a love affair between Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis, and a lighthouse keeper from Maine named Tom Curry. He was another who had superhuman strength and resilience, along with the abilities to telepathically control sea life, swim really fast, and breathe underwater.[vii] All of these were born with posthuman abilities they used to keep humanity safe. They, too, seemed to have been raised by parents with high moral standards that were successfully passed down to them and that they continued to display in their everyday lives. Could being born with advancements or even manipulating the human genome to achieve this heightened level of existence ever have negative repercussions?
Enter the Legion of Doom. Assembled and led by the mastermind of Lex Luthor, this transhuman group of supervillains is a prime example proving that evil exists and surpasses all levels of technology, science, and societal progression. Evil is an issue of the heart. Of the extraterrestrial supervillains, Bizarro was from the planet htraE, which is “earth” spelled backwards, and he was a well-known archenemy of Superman. He had all of the same superhuman abilities as Superman, yet he chose to use them to hinder those who fought for truth and justice.[viii] Brainiac is another being from a different galaxy who was on a mission to attain the knowledge of the universe. He is known to have taken civilizations captive and bottle them as trophies from his quest, while leaving their planets in ruin.[ix] Sinestro from the planet Korugar is a great example of the moral question. He was one of the greatest Green Lanterns and excelled at keeping his jurisdiction of the planet at peace, but pride and power caused him to defect from the corps and take his tyrannical mission of “peacekeeping” to the universe at all costs.[x] There were also members of the gang who were born mortals and became supervillains. Giganta, for example, was transformed due to magical dust stolen from Apache Chief, and it caused her to grow. Since the nature of her heart was evil, she not only grew in strength and stature, but also in iniquity. She was in like company with the Legion of Doom and used her ability to thwart the efforts of the Super Friends.[xi] Cyrus Gold was born in Gotham City and lived a nefarious life. After his death in Slaughter Swamp, he was resurrected with immortality, superhuman strength, and a quality of being nearly impervious, becoming Solomon Grundy.[xii] Just because someone is born posthuman, or even if he or she becomes Human 2.0, we cannot presume that the person will automatically possess perfected behavioral qualities.
Even though these are children’s cartoons, this analysis should help solidify how predictive programming works. The underlying messages delivered by the medium of these cartoons were all steeped in suggestion of the idea of transhumanism. These fantastic fictional stories—cartoons, mind you—all planted a posthuman, superhuman desire in my innocent mind. I wasn’t much of a comic book reader when I was young, but that was yet another medium of delivery. These stories were also communicated in various television live-action programs as well. Fast forward to today and we find a revamping or new cycle of the same. The new cartoon presentations of these characters and others have continued to entertain the next generation, and their live-action television shows are doing well. Currently, the CW Network broadcasts the Green Arrow, The Flash, the Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Fox keeps up with the competition via Gotham, Legion, and its new addition, The Gifted. Netflix productions include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher—all of which feature either protagonist and/or antagonist transhumans. Comic-book stories predate my birth by decades, and I don’t know them well enough to give a comparison and contrast of their content versus their transformation into animation, television shows, and films, but I do know that, today, the final product as far as production value is truly amazing! Hence, the current revival of DC and Marvel on the big screen. Box-office smashes that deserve naming include The Avengers, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, and X-Men. The delivery of these epic tales in 4K high definition easily trumps that of the black-and-white days of Superman on TV, The Flash of the ’80s, or even Christopher Reeve flying in front of a green screen. The modern-day viewer can now voluntarily be thrown into the presentation via 3D and 4D IMAX experiences and witness the battles firsthand, plugging themselves into the hardwired conditioning. As the desire grows for superpowers and human evolution from the updated theater experience and television series to boot, video games accompany the effect with first-person controls. Salt that with today’s propaganda on accepting the homosexual agenda, political stabs, and the divide-and-conquer mentality on all fronts, and it’s obvious that we are being attacked by the best programmers money can buy.
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On a different but similar note is the topic of getting the Church to accept transhumanism. The Church is supposed to be “in the world but not of it.” Unfortunately, it is harder to decipher between the two today than it used to be. Regardless, the Church is in the world, so we, too, are affected by the aforementioned programming techniques in media. Outside of this dilemma, we also have to be on our toes in regard to doctrine being taught from within. To the true Body of Christ, the Church, His Bride, the Bible is our map for existence. It is our basis of truth. It is the Truth. It is the written Word of God. From it we find that Scripture tells us to “test every spirit.” The Word is “God-breathed” and used for “doctrine, reproof, and correction to establish us for every perfect work.” This standard is what we test everything by in order to know what is truth, because there are some who will pervert it. We find many observations in the Bible that directly apply to transhumanism or becoming posthuman.
We read in Philippians 3:20–21 that:
Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
And Paul, speaking further in 1 Corinthians 15:42–54 of the human body and the resurrection of the dead, says:
It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body…. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
John hits the same topic when he tells us in his first epistle:
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
There is a lot of information to process, so let me summarize the passages addressing believers in Christ. Jesus Christ will return from heaven and change our vile bodies into glorified bodies and subdue all things to Himself. The current fallen flesh we occupy is sown in corruption, dishonor, and weakness, and will be raised in incorruption, glory, and power. The natural earthly body can’t inherit the kingdom of God, and it will be converted into a spiritual body in order to do so. The mortal must put on immortality when it is changed and death will be swallowed up in victory. The biggest thing not to miss here is that our miraculous changing into immortality, becoming completed in Christ, or posthuman, is achieved through none other than Jesus, the Christ. It happens when we see Him as He is, when He “himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17).
All these verses confirm the same idea. As human beings, each of us is a soul with a body and not a body with a soul. The soul is our being, the inner man, and currently it exists housed within a flesh shell. This allows us to operate in this realm on earth and live our lives. Because of sin entering the world through man, causing us to be separated from God, these flesh-clothed bodies have been given an expiration date; they have been slowly dying since we began our habitation of them. If sin didn’t enter the world through man, then mankind would still be in a physical and spiritual, face-to-face existence with God; we would be immortal; and there wouldn’t have been a need to prepare another path to regain access to the Tree of Life. The Garden of Eden would still be open for business, and we wouldn’t have to deal with sickness, disease, and death. Thus, is the Fall of Man. This is the reason we are all in need of a Savior. That is why the redemptive work of Jesus Christ at the cross is necessary and the only qualification that we have. This is the hope we have in Christ. He is sovereign, He is faithful, and He does what He says He is going to do. Count on it! The transformation that Scripture tells us will happen specifically revolves around and is completely dependent upon Jesus the Messiah. Only because of what He did and the mission He accomplished on earth allow us to one day be fully completed in Him. Transhumanism is man’s effort of subverting the cross and an attempt to physically and spiritually achieve immortality without Christ. There are resurrection bodies that the elect will put on when we are changed and see Him as He truly is, but Jesus the Messiah will be the author and finisher of that transaction. He is the only one with the authority and the ability to do so. Humanity won’t prevent this event, and transhumanism won’t be the culprit. What if someone told you the Bible says you can achieve this prior to His return?
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