Having faith in a modern future
Soon mankind will seemingly be sufficient for himself. Is there room for God in a modern future?
I sit here reading about the future. It is fascinating. Today, I am reading about nanotechnology, which will likely be a reality in the future. A researcher says that nanotechnology opens unimagined possibilities for mankind. In the future, tiny nanorobots will circulate in our bodies. Like ravenous bloodhounds, they will efficiently search out and destroy diseased cells, harmful bacteria, and other impurities.
Will God soon be “out of date”?
I read on. Another scientist writes enthusiastically about the human brain. He believes that it won’t be many decades before we will develop interfaces that allow the brain to communicate directly with computers. That would be amazing! Maybe you are not smart enough? Plug in a new processor, and voilà, you become a living combination of Einstein and Rain Man. Do you struggle with a poor memory? Just get a backup! Is this far-fetched? Perhaps. Is it just fantasy? Not according to today’s visionary scientists.
With this, the great question arises. Can mankind take the final step and become independent of God? Can we remove the need for putting our trust and confidence in a Creator?
Something doesn’t add up
There is one thing that doesn’t quite add up in this picture. Although science has made great strides in many areas, I don’t think the nanorobots will be able to remove each person’s inherent egotism, selfishness, and greed. Neither do I believe that genetic engineering can make a person more patient or caring. What would we have, then, in 50 years? A world full of healthy, youthful people with brilliant minds—who are self-centered, greedy, and impatient. A world where human beings are full of themselves. This is not paradise. This is hell!
Faith is the only firm anchor
Is not the deepest longing of each human soul a desire for peace and harmony with the Creator? Is not the fulfillment of this longing itself the key to genuine happiness and joy? In this context, we could quote Jesus’ own words, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:27.
A rich and meaningful life
Let me conclude by sharing my personal thoughts about the future—the way it will be if the God whom I believe in allows me to live. In 50 years, my faith in Him will be stronger and more valuable than ever before. It will have given me a uniquely rich and meaningful life to look back on and an even richer life to look forward to. It will have made me a better person; I will be more caring, more thoughtful, and much less self-centered and egotistic than I am now. I will have a great number of good friends all over the world, whom I love to be with. In my heart, I will have a deep thankfulness for each day I have been allowed to live, and I will have great expectations for the future here on earth and for eternity. This is what I believe.
What do you believe?
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