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Together, We Will Replace God

Pride Listening Rebellion

Source: “Collective consciousness to replace God,” Reuters, By Douglas Busvine, Reuters, October 12, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-12

Scripture: Genesis 3:5 ; Proverbs 16:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Reuters reports;

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - 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 on Thursday.

Brown made the provocative remark at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he was promoting his new novel, Origin, … inspired by the question "Will God survive science?"

"... Are we naive 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.

... 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 our 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 our divine".

"Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us ... will diminish and eventually disappear."

APPLICATION

Who is really being naïve, those who place their faith in man or in God? It’s amazing how quick we are to place our faith in man despite the many lessons offered to us by history.  But we keep thinking, “This time we’ll get it right!”

But we don’t even need the aid of history to realize how ridiculous this proposal really is--just spend a little time in the comments section of a trending story.  The typical banter found in these comment forums should dispel the idea that a global human consciousness will replace the voice of God.  Man’s vitriol and collective ignorance is a poor substitute for the wisdom of God.

As individuals, we aren’t the men and women God says we should be.  Nevertheless, we are supposed to believe that collectively we will replace God. Really? As though all we need is more of a bad thing to equal a better thing. 

I hear echoes of the serpent in the Garden, who suggested that Adam and Eve really didn’t need to listen to God anymore.  The idea was that in their disobedience they would somehow “be like God.”  We see how that worked out.

"For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). 

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). 

Obedience Can Take You to the Moon

Obedience Dreams Rebellion

Source: STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP by Charles R. Swindoll, pp.242–243.

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Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-09-26

Scripture: Joshua 1:8

Author: Charles R. Swindoll / Chris Horton
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ILLUSTRATION

Swindoll retells the following story of his conversation with General Charles M. Duke and his experiences walking on the moon with the Apollo 16 mission:

I asked, “Once you were there, weren’t you free to make your own decisions and carry out some of your own experiments…you know, sort of do as you pleased – maybe stay a little longer if you liked?  He smiled back, “Sure, if we didn’t want to return to earth!”

He then described the intricate plan, the exact and precise instructions, the essential discipline, the instant obedience that was needed right down to the split second.  By the way, he said they had landed somewhat “heavy” when they touched down on the moon.  He was referring to their fuel supply.  They had plenty left.  Guess how much.  One minute.  They landed with sixty seconds of fuel remaining.  Talk about being exact!  I got the distinct impression that a rebel doesn’t fit inside a spacesuit.  Whoever represents the United States in the space program must have an unconditional respect for authority. 

APPLICATION

Some believe that obedience gets in the way of accomplishing their goals and dreams in life; that one must have a little rebellion to succeed.  In reality, our love for God and our desire to obey only Him is what will "take us to the moon and back!"

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:8).

 Chris Horton

Rebellion Race

Rebellion Object Lessons Children's Lesson

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-07-04

Scripture: Jonah 1:

Author: Barnett Gushin
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ILLUSTRATION

Object Lesson on Rebellion/Disobedience

Have kids line up on one side of a room. Explain the object is to be the first to get to the other side of the room after hearing a series of commands. BUT instead of obeying the commands, they are to do the exact opposite. 

For example, give a command to turn to their right (for young children you should point to the direction they are commanded to turn). Kids should then do the opposite and turn to their left. If you give a command to take three tiny steps forward, they should take three giant steps backward. If you command them to hop two hops backward on both feet, they should hop two hops forward on one foot. Etc., etc., etc.

As commander, your job is the give them hope of making forward progress, but then give them a "forward" command which will actually lead them backwards. As a result, they will never make it to the other side of the room.

APPLICATION

Lesson: When we are disobedient or rebellious to God's commands, we will never get to where we're supposed to go; we will never accomplish His will.

Give the example of Jonah. God commanded Him to go to Nineveh, but he was rebellious and went his own way. He ended up on the belly of a large fish until he repented and agreed to do as God commanded. Only then was he able to accomplish God's will.

A Rebel In A Spacesuit

Rebellion Humility Grace

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2013-10-29

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Scott Hathaway/Illustration Exchange
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Love Has A Temperature

Hardness of Heart Rebellion End Times

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-01-28

Scripture: Matthew 24:10

Author: Fred Gates
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Beware of Nuclear Meltdown

Wisdom Warnings Rebellion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-18

Scripture: Proverbs 13:14 ; Proverbs 14:6

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Line of Departure

Rebellion Sin Spiritual Warfare

Contributed By: Joseph Lively | Date Posted: 2012-08-25

Scripture: Psalms 2:1

Author: Joseph Lively
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Marilyn Manson a 'Born Villain'

Rebellion Apostasy Sin Nature

Contributed By: Slei Leigh | Date Posted: 2012-05-04

Scripture: Psalms 51:5 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: Slei Leigh
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Genius Has Its Limits

Rebellion Seeker Ignorance

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-02-21

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:7

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Misusing the Bible

Bible Word of God Obedience

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-04-15

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: Neal Pollard
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