In his letters to the people of Corinth, written in the 50s AD, the apostle Paul asked: “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 1 Corinthians 15:35
His questions kickstarted a ferocious, ongoing debate about the resurrection of the human body and its ability to morph into light.
This debate took a wrong turn on December 20, 2020 when Microsoft was granted a patent for a resurrection body, well, for a process to create a digital version of humans, anyway. We will explore the horrific implications of this patent momentarily, but first let’s put some light on the question of resurrection and the human light body.
Every time someone dies, we are reminded of the possibility of resurrection in an afterlife. Can the human body be converted, transformed or transmuted into a lighter, finer, state of being? Bahai, Tibetan, Christian, Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian eschatology says it can.
Philippians 3:20-21 teaches us that Christ’s resurrection body is the pattern of our resurrection body: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory.”
The body of His glory is portrayed in Christian art as one surrounded by a rainbow…a Rainbow Light Body.
We know that Christ was raised in a material body because he appeared to his followers at least ten times, beginning with his appearance to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning. The disciples ate with him after the resurrection (Acts 10:41) and touched him (Matthew 28:9).
If the human body cannot be resurrected, and Christ was not Born Again…into the rainbow resurrection body, then, Paul warned, faith is futile (1 Corinthians 15:16).
Paul answered his resurrection question saying that our physical body is perishable, but is raised imperishable, it is sown in dishonor, 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 (42-44). And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man (49).
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (1 Corinthians 15:50)
What Paul is saying is that within us is a new being, a heavenly being that is superior to our earthly, flesh and blood body. This ascended being is cloaked in our flesh and blood body. Awaiting unveiling, this new, resurrected, body is the one in which we will ascend to higher realms. It will boldly go where our flesh and blood body cannot.
Paul promises a time when a ‘trump’ will sound and we will be changed into this new, ‘light’ body.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Paul was telling the Corinthians that our soul is eternal and to look to the eternal in our daily lives.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day … [W]e look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4.16, 18)
The Hindu Bhagavad Gita, written one hundred years after Paul was writing to the Corinthians, says exactly the same thing.
For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does the soul ever cease to be. The soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. The soul is not slain when the body is slain. (Bhagavad Gita 2:20)
Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul. (Bhagavad Gita 2:17)
The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Krishna, Vishnu’s Avatar, who came to earth 5,000 years ago, and Arjuna set in a chariot at the start of the Mahabharata war.
Krishna came to earth in his spiritual body to remind us that every living being is a divine spark originating in the Vaikuntha planets, the celestial abode of Vishnu. We are all like “aliens” visiting a strange land. Each of us is to have a body the same as Krishna’s (described as glowing sky-blueish) and to return to Vaikuntha. According to the Bhagavata Purana, the holy residents of Vaikuntha do not have flesh and blood bodies, they have ‘pure form’ bodies like Krishna’s. They travel in flying vehicles made of jewels, emeralds and god.
The Truth, whether it comes from Christ or Krishna, is the same in both traditions.
When Paul posed these questions nearly 2,000 years ago he could not have anticipated transhumanism and the “new creatures” and “new bodies” it is engendering. Today’s spiritual people find themselves in a battle over the human soul and his words mean more now than ever.
Two things used to be guaranteed in this life. One day you will be born. One day you will die.
Today, thanks to genetic engineering, humans can be ‘made’, not born.
Today, thanks to transhuman technology, the concept of death is being revisited in radical new ways.
What happens after we die, precisely, is unknown.
Science has an opinion. So does religion. If you want personal anecdotes just ask a person who has had a Near Death Experience or NDE.
No matter one’s belief, preparing for what comes after our mortal existence should be the focus of our daily existence.
On the day all this ends for you where do you plan to go from here? Vaikuntha? The Celestial Sion? How will you get there?
As I often say, people have family plans, health plans, tax plans, vacation plans.
What is your resurrection and ascension plan? How will you attain, or ascend, into the heavenly body Paul referenced?
If you think the word ‘ascension’ is too nebulous or overused/abused, let’s try the question this way:
What is your post human plan or your ‘after earth this is what I am going to next’ project?
THE MICROSOFT WAY
If you are seeking inspiration, or perhaps options, while contemplating this question, Microsoft has an answer for you.
How about resurrecting or reincarnating yourself as an AI chatbot, a program or simulated version of yourself that exists on the internet?
If this sounds like a rip off from Paul, the Bhagavad Gita (or even Black Mirror) think again. Microsoft means business.
The Big Tech Swinger is causing spiritual people’s minds to explode the world over with its filing of a patent that would allow the company to make a chatbot using the personal information of deceased people.
“The specific person [who the chat bot represents] may correspond to a past or present entity (or a version thereof), such as a friend, a relative, an acquaintance, a celebrity, a fictional character, a historical figure, a random entity etc”, it goes on to say.
“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” Microsoft also describes – implying that living users could train a digital replacement in the event of their death.
Users will be able to choose iterations of that person, versions from the age of 10, 20, 40 or 60 years or derivatives of it.
If this isn’t scary enough, things take a giant leap toward Creepy Valley, when, as the patent states: The application could also don the likeness of your dead loved one in a “2D or 3D model,” and utilize their voice while talking to you.
Imagine, an avatar of any, and every, good, bad, person who walked this planet. Technically, they can recreate anyone in the digital sphere given enough data.
This is a dangerous idea.
Even though Microsoft has yet to unveil this technology for the public, it is just one more example of how the woke Big Tech Swingers are endangering humanity and how little they think of the human soul.
Will this resurrection bot, one day, recite the Microsoft Creed?
“I believe in Microsoft, Bill Gates, the Father Almighty, Creator of my Avatar body, who conceived me of 1s and 0s, born of the algorithm…”
Perhaps I’ve got it wrong. Maybe Microsoft is doing this so no one else will.
Can you imagine another money-grubbing, power hungry Harvard maniac with an ego the size of the planet coming along and convincing children that they have no soul and the way to live forever is to annihilate their physical being and trade it for life online or as a clone?
The problem is that Microsoft created another chatbot in 2016, one called Tay, which took messages from people via Twitter and quickly became racist and abusive. “Tay”, an acronym for “Thinking About You”, was designed to mimic the language patterns of a 19-year old American girl, and to learn from ‘her’ interactions with users of Twitter. After “trolls” “attacked” the bot, and she started spitting racist, genocidal and inflammatory tweets, Microsoft had to shut Tay down only 16 hours after its launch.
What do we do if the dark side of the deceased we have resurrected is rendered by those bots?
Twitter profile pic of Tay.
THE SOUL IS A PATTERN?
What really gets me running wild down the street and screaming with my hair on fire is the philosophy behind this patent. It is another example of the Big Tech Swinger’s mocking or mimicking of spirituality, especially the human soul.
The word ‘pattern’ is bandied about by transhumanists in reference to the soul. They operate from the principle that your soul is a form encoded in your DNA and in neural networks.
Google’s big-brain, Ray Kurzweil, says your soul is a body-pattern. “The pattern is far more important than the material stuff that constitutes it.”
He’s right about the soul being more important than the material stuff.
For physicist Frank Tipler, “the human ‘soul’ is nothing but a specific program being run on a computing machine called the brain.”
Elon Musk believes that we are a brain in a vat. Everything we experience in our (un)real world is simulation and a neural spike. That’s it. Period.
In essence, your ‘soul’ is just the software that runs the hardware of your body. It is not limited to your current carbon body. Pop this software in other types of hardware (like genetically engineered super cyborg bodies, robotic bodies, and energetic bodies made of 1s and 0s) and it will run just fine, even better, say transhumanists.
No matter what they say, even if I could digitally clone myself, or my “pattern”, it would still not be me. This ‘second’ , soul less, me would be doomed to suffering in the knowledge that it is fake. I would live knowing that 100-150 years from now I could still be talking about the same things as I do today.
Microsoft’s patent is based on the idea that you, and your ‘soul’, are nothing more than data. It is an update of the philosophy of René Descartes, who in 1650, argued that the human body was a machine. The Frenchman joined a contemporary Englishman, Thomas Hobbes, author of the 1651 book, Leviathan, as the original mouthpieces for scientific materialism, the religion of the Big Tech Swingers.
Hobbes argued against the existence of such things as the human soul. He was one of the first to describe humans as machines and machine-like.
Religion, especially Christianity, says the last thing you want to do is to lose your soul due to temptation or sin. Hobbes countered this saying you don’t have one to begin with. So, screw Christianity.
More, he denied human dignity by proposing that we are simply just another animal and are equal to all other animals on this planet (contrary to the Old Testament proposition that we are on top of the hierarchy of beings on this planet). Hobbes believed the idea of a hierarchy of beings, as proposed by the Bible, is what led to religious wars over whose religion is superior. Humans, and the planet, would be in a far better state if we just accepted that we are nothing special at all.
Today’s materialists are the Big Tech Swingers who work in Silicon Valley and Beijing where free speech, free expression and individual rights are trampled upon on a daily basis. Oh, and souls do not exist.
What is happening is that, thanks to the Big Tech Swingers, a new, patentable, model of human is walking our planet. This being is animated by the belief that their life, who they are, is just information. With every keystroke and every game they play, they are programming or self-constructing themselves. Their life is an artifact in this reality.
This new ‘resurrect able’ human is your child or grandchild.
Who they are is not confined to a biological human body. They also have a digital self that lives online. Called an Avatar, it is unlimited in its abilities.
This means there are two of them. The online them and the biological them.
Actually, you may not realize this, there are two of you, too.
Have you thought about that?
The online version of themselves, and you, will long outlast the biological version.
In fact, the biological body is viewed as in the way of their true greatness that can be achieved online as digital, rather than biological beings.
As just information or data, we can be cut, pasted and copied into any number of different bodies. Today, there is a growing range of options. Robots, virtual beings are common not just as companions, but now as a possibility for continuing life.
Microsoft is now treating them to the potential of digital immortality.
What’s wrong with this?
For me, it completely denies or ignores the human soul or the divinity of the human image.
Microsoft seems to believe you have no soul. There is nothing divine going on within you. Further, your divine image sucks. Its part of the problem on this planet. It is time to fix it.
They are not alone.
PHYSICS AND THE SOUL
If you wish to watch a textbook arrogant explanation for why we are just matter (and don’t really matter at all), or a really good scientific take on why you have no soul (silly you), please listen to that British light bulb, Brian Cox’s, discussion with Joe Rogan about whether or not we have souls.
Cox, who beams an ever present smile, claims there is no observable force – the soul – that interacts with the human body at the subatomic level.
If such a force existed within us, it would strongly react with the particles our bodies are made of. What particles is that soul made of? What forces are holding it together? How does it interact with ordinary matter?
Everything we know about quantum field theory says that there aren’t any ‘real’ answers to these questions. Of course, everything we know about quantum field theory could be wrong.
In other words, if the soul exists Cox would have found it. That, or we need a new physics.
I’m not sure what he thinks the ‘he’ is that is smiling back at us. However, Cox is espousing his truth, his science, which is rooted in materialism.
Physicists have so far only observed four fundamental forces governing this world – gravity, the weak and strong nuclear force, and electromagnetism.
None of these forces could explain the concept of a soul trapped inside the body, says science.
Cox, who teaches at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester, said: “So, here is my arm. It is made of electrons and protons and neutrons.
“If I have a soul in there, something we don’t understand but it’s a different kind of energy or whatever it is we don’t have in physics at the moment.
“It interacts with matter because I’m moving my hand around.
“So whatever it is, it is something that interacts very strongly with matter.” Cox went on to say scientists have made ultra-high precision measurements looking for a fifth force of nature, but have not found one.
Consequently, the human soul can be ruled out on the most fundamental level imaginable.
The physicist added: “If you want to suggest there’s something else that interacts with matter strongly, then I would say that it’s ruled out.
“I would go as far as to say it is ruled out by experiments.
“Or at least it is extremely subtle and you would have to jump through a lot of hoops to come up with a theory of some stuff that we wouldn’t have seen when we’ve observed how matter interacts.”
Cox cannot tell you how the universe began. But, he can make you think you don’t have soul.
I don’t care if he shoots his beliefs with a smile or not. His world is an awfully lonely place.
Cox lacks what spiritual people would call common sense. Everyone knows the soul is not the body. There is more to us than meets the eye or the electron microscope. When Cox is dead his soul will live on whether he believes it or not.
Who knows? Maybe when he dies he will discover that our soul is greater than anything a physicist can conceive and that, in fact, thy were created at the very same time as universe and are interwoven with it.
Clearly, to understand the soul we need more than just advanced knowledge of physics. We need awe, reverence, and faith as we come face to face with the unknowable and unknown universe and God’s ability to perform miracles that science cannot duplicate or explain.
We are both neurochemical bodies and energetic beings, souls. The neurochemical bodies are subject to the laws of physics. The soul is subject only to God. Microsoft may be able to ‘cheat the ferryman’ and create a fake new body that will fool some of the people some of the time, but it will never be able to resurrect the soul.
Needless to say, I won’t be taking Microsoft up on their ascension plan.