When I heard about this story, my jaw dropped into my lap.
To sum it up, a scientist who has made many predictions about technology that have later come true has predicted that within 20 years, we will have developed the technology to become immortal.
This quote especially leaped out at me: “Mr Kurzweil said: ‘I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever.’ ”
This kind of thinking is the result of taking the theory of evolution to its ultimate conclusion. We’re supposedly evolving, becoming better and smarter with each generation. We’re going to get better and better until we have eliminated all of the problems of mankind.
The Bible doesn’t tell the story this way. The Bible tells us how God created Adam and Eve. Were Adam and Eve and their children “stone age” people? No, I don’t believe they were. Cain built a city. Tubal-Cain, 5 generations later, forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron, and his half-brother, Jubal, was the father of a group of musicians and instrument makers. After the Flood, 2 generations later, people were building boats to travel and spread out into their territories. They built great cities within a few generations of Noah. These “primitive people” built great structures we still marvel at today.
But we also see how quickly men will fall into sin. There was great sin in Noah’s day, and even after such an enormous judgment by God, the generations that came after quickly fell into sin again.
I don’t believe we can use technology to become immortal. As my son said when I told him about this, we haven’t even managed to create a computer that doesn’t crash. But God would have to stop us if we really tried to become immortal, because then we would have to live forever in our sinful state. What a scary thought.