WORLD - Collective Consciousness to Replace God, Says Dan Brown

Arno Froese

Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, U.S. author Dan Brown said.

“Origin” was inspired by the question “Will God survive science?,” said Brown, adding that this had never happened in the history of humanity.

“Are we naïve today to believe that the gods of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?” Brown, 53, told a packed news conference.

Brown, who has sold 200 million books in 56 languages, admitted to not having read a novel in five years. But he investigated deeply and spent a lot of time talking to futurists to come up with the storyline for “Origin.”

He recognized that his views may not be welcomed by clerics, but called for greater harmony between the world’s great religions and those who profess no faith.

“Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it’s important that we all realize that,” he said. “Our religions are much more similar than they are different.”

Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.

“We will start to find out spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes divine.”

-www.reuters.com, 12 October 2017

Arno's commentary

Year after year, hundreds of millions of new inventions are registered; some so successful that, without them, any society would virtually cease to function.

Take the Internet: it’s so integrated with communication, transportation, and the economy, that without it, all progressive societies would cease to function.

Without communications, no plane could take off or land; without communications, no orders for products could be placed; and without modern communications, the world would come to a standstill.

Mr. Brown correctly states: “Artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.” That is no longer based on fiction or a novel, but is actually happening today.

What about Christians? We too depend on modern technology. We are in the world but not of the world. The epitome of technology has not been reached yet; however, it’s now moving faster than ever before. The often praised “artificial intelligence” will definitely become a deciding factor in the future.

Yet Mr. Brown is wrong with his question, “Will God survive science?” The truth is that science will not survive God. We know this, for example, from the Tower of Babel scientists, who thought they had it all figured out: reaching heaven using simple, available building technology and materials. But they never thought of not being able to communicate. We read in Genesis 11:7: “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Religions will not all become one; rather, in the end there will be none except the Lord.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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