Christmas day, the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Only, what of those who believe otherwise? What of those who do not believe in Christ or God or heaven, no afterlife?
Atheists are on the wrong side of history.
Belief in magic, religion, in spirituality and God will spread — and deepen — because of, not despite of the rise of big data, machines, robotics, electronics, computing and artificial intelligences. We become what our machines cannot. We do what can’t be outsourced. Faith is our future. Magic is our delight. God our path.
And yet….let’s posit the atheists are right. At least in a sense. Imagine there’s no hell below us, above us only sky.
John, chapter 17, verse 3 states: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Not a place, heaven, but simply knowing. That’s the eternal blessing.
What if we all cross to the other side, but it’s still Earth?
What would that be like?
Might energy be plentiful and clean and free?
“Between 2008 and 2013, China’s fledgling solar-electric panel industry dropped world prices by 80 percent, a stunning achievement in a fiercely competitive high-tech market.”
Maybe in such a glorious, God-knowing world, we could even travel into space, each of us, not necessarily very far, but space.
“Google’s $30 million Lunar X-Prize seeks to spur private companies to develop technologies for crawling around on, studying, and perhaps even strip-mining Earth’s nearest neighbor.”
Maybe in this new age, same world, we don’t conquer death but we do optimize health. We live for 111 years, nearly every moment of it in excellent mental and physical condition. Plus, we effectively tack more than 30 years on to that by constructing a means — likely a pill — that lets us need sleep for only 3 hours a day.
And we only need to poop once a week.
And food replicators offer us the meals we like, exactly as we like them, when we want them, with almost zero effort.
These all seem plausible.
Within a generation! Two at most.
Could we also stop fearing, hating, envying, killing?
There’s a restaurant in China, KFC, “which employs facial recognition to make recommendations about what customers might order, based on factors like their age, gender and facial expression.” Okay, you think it could be creepy but what if it’s not? What if they figure this out, us humans alive 35 years from now? What if it recommends a completely different meal to the young black man than it did to the elderly Italian lady but nobody howled because each got what they wanted?
We are so close to all of this!
Look: “An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic has been shown to provide protection against the lethal disease.”
It gets better.
We have that power.
God bless and Merry Christmas.