Those who know me understand I am not the conventional minister. I believe that the course of man in his relationship with God has been circular. As Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Man has since the beginning of human history tried to circumvent the curse God place on man for his disobedience. The curse resulted in the death penalty upon all mankind. Later, the LORD God limited man to 120 years and at the present 70 years and if by strength 80 years of age being the normal life span of mankind today.
The search for immortality has long been a desire of mankind. There are those who advocate that human immortality is achievable in the first few decades of the 21st century, while other advocates believe that life extension is a more achievable goal in the short term, with immortality awaiting further research breakthroughs into an indefinite future. Is it possible that man will accomplish through his own efforts what the LORD God has put as a limitation on the life expectancy of man?
Do not forget the very first lie was “ye shall be as gods”. After the curse was placed upon Adam the LORD God realized that “ . . .Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Genesis 3:22-24
Adam had within his grasp immortality but through disobedience chose death. Paul in writing to the Romans in chapter 5 explained the consequence of Adam’s disobedience—death.
1. First, death reigned from Adam to Moses
2. The offense of one death would be on all mankind
3. By one man's offense death reigned
4. By the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation;
5. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners.
Yet, immortality could be sneaking up faster than we can believe. The scientific advancements are happening at such a rate that hardly a month goes by without some new advancement in organ replacement. The use of stem cells has pushed the biological immortality within the reach of mankind. It is as though man has found the Tree of Life within his own body.
In America, and I have no knowledge of other countries, we, however, are obsessed with health. We worry about growing old, which actually converts to “I don’t want to die.” The health and wellness business in America is a trillion dollar industry. The underlying fear is that one day we will die.
This brings us to the subject of transhumanism. Many reading this blog may not be aware of transhumanism or H+ which is an enhanced human. In a simple definition transhumanism is the perspective that humans use technology to remake human nature. It is believed that through stem cell technology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology the possibility exists that this century we will enhance the healthy life span of mankind, increase intelligence, make ourselves happier—in short we will become as gods. Transhumanism presents a radical view of our future world with the merging of humanity with technology providing us the opportunity to become something more than human—gods.
This is not the first time in human history that man desired to become a god. In fact there were those who become known as “gods” and through their supernatural lives impacted the course of human history.
First, let me asked the question, what was so different about the wickedness of mankind during the life of Noah that it repented God that he made man and that he wished to destroy him? We read in Genesis chapter 6 about the first transhumanism taking place. The end result of this unholy union was the destruction of mankind. We defiantly see an enhanced human + in this experiment of combining humans with angels.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
I prefer taking my information from a primary source, someone who was there at the time. The patriarch Enoch was as well known to the ancients as he is obscure to modern Bible readers. Besides giving his age (365 years), the book of Genesis says of him only that he "walked with God," and afterward "he was not, because God had taken him" (Gen. 5:24)
Enoch lived before the Flood, during a time when the world was very different. In the Book of Enoch he gives a detailed account of what was happening at this time in the history of mankind. Human beings lived much longer, for one thing; Enoch's son Methuselah, for instance, attained the age of 969 years. Another difference was that angels and humans interacted freely -- so freely, in fact, that some of the angels fathered children with human females. This fact is recorded in Genesis (6:1-4), some view this episode as the source of the corruption that made the punishing flood necessary. It was Satan’s first attempt at changing the creation of God and circumventing the curse of death and the stopping the promise of redemption. If the bloodline of mankind could be mixed with that of the fallen angels then Jesus Christ would not be able to be the blood sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.
Think about this, Satan was almost able to stop the plan of salvation. He had corrupted the entire world save the eight souls of Noah family. God saw that Noah was perfect in his generation—pure bloodline and spared mankind from total destruction.
We have been warned that, “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” Luke 17:26 There may not be the sons of God and daughters of men uniting to have children, but there will be the mingling of the supernatural with mankind to bring about a race of people that will be as doomed as the Nephilims.
The transhumanism and H+ experiments are only Satan’s way of circumventing the plan of God in our day. Ask him how it worked the first time? It failed and it will fail again. We will becoming full circle as Satan again deceives man into thinking that he can avoid the curse of sin--death.
Man may one day become the enhanced creature he desires to be but it will be at the cost of his soul. Eternal life is only through Jesus Christ and then only when we are made a new creation in Him. Jesus Christ has conquered sin, death and hell to give us life eternal. The transformation comes when we confess our sins, accept the gift of eternal life, and live for Him. To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD. You will find not just long life but life eternal in Jesus Christ.