New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 54

n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 The Lord isn’t telling us that if we just program a will and understanding into a robot that we’ll have a human. He’s telling us that all of these things have to be in place and connected back to Him in order to receive life. Beneath them are civic, moral, and earthly concerns, which in human beings receive all their life from the spiritual qualities that reside above. Because the life from the Lord flows in at the highest level and because our life consists of the power to freely think and will, and therefore speak and act, it follows that our free choice in politics and earthly matters comes exclusively from our spiritual freedom. Our sense of what is good and true and what is just and upright in civic matters comes from that spiritual freedom; and this sense is the very essence of true intellect.” (True Christianity 482) The Lord isn’t telling us that if we just program a will and understanding into a robot that we’ll have a human. He’s telling us that all of these things have to be in place and connected back to Him in order to receive life. We need that “door” for the Lord to enter into our soul and mind. Silicon chips just don’t receive the Lord’s life the way a human does. People were created in God’s image and likeness, not an assembly of plastic, silicon and electronic gadgetry. As a result, I just don’t see how robots can pass on God’s blessing, His Word, or His Love in the same way that a person can. These things are to flow through us to others. A robot just can’t do that. The robots are coming, there’s no doubt. They’ll be driving us around, diagnosing our illnesses, and flipping our burgers, but I’m quite happy to see that the world hasn’t gone so mad as to hire Pepper to perform funerals. The Rev. Todd J. Beiswenger is pastor of the Hurstville New Churc [\[K]][\]\[XK[B\ؘ[H]\و]\[XH ]\[]\[XJKH[\YK[ ܙ[ۊK]H]Z\ۈX[[\ ]][\]\[XK۝XZ\[\]