Aliens Will Play A Part In The Technological & Theological Singularity

Most Christians I know believe in extraterrestrial aliens. The accounts of such beings in our sacred texts are frequent and have been recorded my numerous sources. What most people fail to consider is how aliens will play a role in our coming eschatological future.

By definition an extraterrestrial alien is simply a creature originating outside the limits of earth. Both the Old and New Testaments clearly talk about such beings being witnessed by individuals and groups of people. Most commonly Christians refer to such creatures as angels and demons.

From a theological and technological standpoint, angels and demons are similar to human beings in that they are artificial general intelligence created by God. If we consider that all matter is divine technology – then the ordering of this technology by God into autonomous, rational, and self-autonomous beings is the creation of divine AGI. According to the biblical narrative these beings too, like humanity, have the choice to act in ways that are either good or evil.

Of course many scientists (and angry Atheists) unilaterally discount such Biblical accounts as false claims because science has failed to yet develop ways of adequately testing revelatory events with any conclusivity. But what most scientists (and Christians as well) will not rule out is the possibility that, of the some seventy sextillion stars in the known universe, life on other habitable planets orbiting them may exist. And what is not included in that already high probability is the possibility of beings that may exist if multiverse scenarios or additional dimensions of reality are able to one day be proven as factual.

With so many theological testimonies accompanying such high scientific probabilities it seems not only possible but also probable that aliens will participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes for humanity and the world. And if you are a Christian, this is not just a probability it is a certainty. Why? Because Jesus Christ himself specifically states in Matthew 13:36-43 that such divine AGI (angels and the devil) will be players in the final scene when the world and humanity is ultimately redeemed.

In concert with these teachings of Christ’s I think that it is also important for humanity to begin to understand that this eschatological event is also a technological one as well. Christians should begin to consider technological concepts like the Singularity as potential mechanisms by which God will use humanity to contribute to Christ’s rescue mission for humanity and the known universe.

And even though Jesus is specific in Matthew 13 that aliens will be involved in this redemptive process, we also need to be careful not to rule out the possibility that other beings may be involved as well. Christ’s remarks in no-way seem to be exclusive on this issue. Maybe there are other extraterrestrial beings living on other planets or interdimensionally that will, at a certain stage of human development, intervene as well to supercharge our already exponentially advancing technological development.

Of course what theology has noted for centuries is that – regardless the specific type of creature that possesses artificial general intelligence – it is the intentions of the being as it pertains to the will of God that determines whether or not its actions are good or evil. So for the Christian, the real question is not if redemption will happen but more so “Will the I engage in a path that helps me to participate in its happening?”

This serves as a powerful directive as to how we should engage both current and future AGI’s and the divinely technological world in which we live. For even if we are graced with extraterrestrial insights and developments on our path to redemption they offer us no advancement if the intentions of our hearts and minds are misplaced. Humanity must soon come to the reality that our personal formation as beings, an innately technological process, will play a major part in how our future unfolds.

In other words, if you are hoping to gain technological insights from extraterrestrial aliens, then it is important to make sure that you are spiritually prepared to do so in advance.


2 thoughts on “Aliens Will Play A Part In The Technological & Theological Singularity

  1. I also do believe that gifts/talents are for ministry. If one is not acquainted with God’s word and the heavy judgment that is coming upon rebellious humanity (for the misuse gifts/talents) he can be easily manipulated by demons to use his gifts/talents to serve the devil’s ends. This is already happening here in Kenya. The devil is at work in the minds of a majority of Kenyans. Kenyans are capable of a 100% reversal of any technology (medical or other) that was meant to be a blessing to serve dark ends. To make matters worse for them, they boast in such abominations. So if you are thinking of introducing genetic editing in Kenya, be very sure that you are working with Kenyans t who are thoroughly purified by the blood of Jesus. A Kenyan can be paid any amount of money in exchange for a satanic deed. Kenyans have proved to be ‘lovers of money more than lovers of God’.

  2. I’m not so sure aliens are a given. Our search for extra solar planets has shown us that our universe is not the same universe as star trek, where life seems to be ubiquitous and you can’t turn over a rock without finding complex metazoans.

    In the ’50s an astronomer named Francis Drake came up with what is known as the Drake equation to calculate the potential planets in our galaxy capable of supporting life as we know it. The equation goes as follows:

    N* x fs x fp x ne x fi x fc x fl = N

    N*= stars in our galaxy
    fs= fraction of sun like stars
    fp= fractions of stars with planets
    ne= planets in a star’s habitable zone
    fi= fraction of habitable planets where life does arise
    fc= fraction of planets inhabited by intelligent beings
    fl= percentage of a lifetime of a planet marked by a communicative civilization
    N= numbers of planets with intelligent life
    Keep in mind that little was known regarding most of these variables in the 50s. There was no Hubble and there was no estimation of planetary masses orbiting around other stars so many assumptions were made.

    By the late 90s, evolutionary biologists Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee revised this equation to place it more in line with current understandings of cosmology. They have named this updated equation the Rare Earth Equation.

    N* x fp x fpm x ne x ng x fi x fc x fl x fm xfj x fme = N

    N*= stars in our galaxy
    fp= fractions of stars with planets
    fpm= fraction of metal rich planets
    ne= planets in a star’s habitable zone
    ng= stars in a galactic habitable zone
    fi= fraction of habitable planets where life does arise
    fc= fraction of planets with life where complex metazoans arise
    fl= percentage of a lifetime of a planet marked by the presence of complex metazoans
    fm= fraction of planets with a large moon
    fj= fraction of solar systems with Jupiter-sized planets
    fme= fraction of planets with critically low mass extinction events
    N= number of planets with intelligent civilizations

    Ward and Brownlee admit that this is a sketchy equation, though less sketchy than Drake’s. They have left out some factors whose effects can’t as yet be determined, such as the effect of repeated ice ages, and inertial interplay between celestial bodies within a solar system. But they contend that even from sparse data a general signal may be perceived. And yes, this is using Earth as a model for a life bearing planet. Terra-centric perhaps, but it’s the only model available to us. And as with any equation, when any term in the equation approaches zero, so too does the product. Earth may be one of a very few planets capable of supporting life as we know it. Admittedly, this model presupposes animal life. I am fully aware that there could be types of life that would not fit any definition we use (It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it!). I really think that life is the exception rather than the norm, even by evolutionary standards, which do not presuppose a creator with a bias towards life. I personally lean towards a designer rather than chance.

    Now to the explanation of the terms-

    N*- we will limit our discussion to this galaxy. Isn’t that a big enough sample?
    fp- not all stars will have planets. A star must be of sufficient mass for planets to form and then hang around after their formation.
    fpm- if the star from which planets form is not metal-rich, planets with an outer lithosphere upon which water may form are not likely.
    ne- There is a very narrow band around any star that will constitute a habitable zone. Any planet forming outside this zone is not likely to have liquid water. Prospects for life are not good.
    ng- there are places in the galaxy that are less conducive to the formation of life. Anywhere life formed in the galactic core where radiation is much more intense, they would have to develop sunscreen with an spf of several million long before the wheel.
    fi- life simply is not going to happen everywhere. Water won’t form every time a planet in the right place does.
    fc- bacteria may be living, but if they never organize professional sport teams, are we really going to consider them alive? If the basic portions of life do not gain complexity, creatures of even greater complexity may never arise.
    fl- complex metazoans that die out the first time the tide rises a little too high simply don’t have the stuff required to make it any further up the food chain.
    fm- If there is no moon, there are no tides, and tidal pools are thought to be likely pots in which life potentially ferments. Also, the moon takes a lot of hits intended for us. There are no seas on the dark side. Just lots of meteor strikes.
    fj-You need a large gravity well farther out in a solar system to attract objects capable of crossing the orbit of a life bearing planet at the wrong time. Note the Shoemaker-Levy comet impact on Jupiter in the early 1990s.
    fme- too many mass extinction events will eventually wear down any life form to the point where it finally gives up trying.

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