I’ve been wondering about this for a while. I’m curious about the point where God says, “this far, and no farther.” What does that point look like? How close are we? I think that part of it has something to do with the capacity for evil and the capacity to live forever – and even the capacity to become god-like.
God has a history of cutting civilizations down when they reach a certain ‘point of evil’. Unfortunately, when you sit within a society, it’s hard to know when that ‘point of evil’ is reached. Every generation advances beyond what their parents have created, and every generation decries the evil of the generations that follow. We get used to the evil of our parents and think nothing of adding our own bit to it. And, we cease to understand how truly evil we have become.
Think of poor Lot. He got used to the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah and didn’t see when it had past the point where it must be destroyed.
I suspect that we are at the same point and likewise unable to see where we are.
But, like I said, it’s hard to know that point, so maybe I shouldn’t try.
But, immortality? Becoming something like a god?
Believe it or not, that’s a lot easier.
One of the best trend forecasters in information technology is Ray Kurzweil. The man is phenomenal and has a near perfect track record. He has plotted the course of technology and innovation and believes that humanity will reach a singularity point in 2045 where the distinction between human and machine will cease to exist. At that point, we will become (in my words) like gods.
Similarly, he claims (and I believe that he’s probably right) that we will reach functional immortality by 2029. In less than 20 years we will begin the process of living forever. We will have conquered death and done something that God promised to never let us do.
So, if you want to know where I think the limit is… I think that we hit the limit at 2029 – in 19 years. Of course, I don’t think that God will let us even get close to that.
Here are a couple videos that got me to thinking about this recently:
Interesting times ahead. In fact, they’re pretty much already here.