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A Kingdom of Robots

Servanthood Kingdom of God Free Will

Source: “Theme park's 'robot kingdom' seeks to upend Japan's service industry” OH NIINUMA, Nikkei staff writer, April 22, 2016.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

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TOKYO -- An amusement park has unveiled plans to open a "robot kingdom" featuring over 200 automatons on the premises. 

 [All] part of a long-term strategy to revolutionize Japan's anemic service sector.

... The androids will include a chef that can cook okonomiyaki (a Japanese pancake), a bartender that can mix no fewer than 10 cocktails and a wait staff ready to serve and clean up after visitors.

... The kingdom will expand on a "smart hotel" that opened last summer at the Nagasaki Prefecture theme park. Automatons check in customers, provide information and carry luggage. The facility started with about 30 flesh-and-blood staffers, but robots have taken over many duties, cutting the human headcount by more than half.

APPLICATION

Imagine it, a kingdom of robots programed to serve the needs of people. Perhaps God’s purposes would have been better served had He established a kingdom of robots. Instead, He has called believers to serve others of their own free-will.

While man dreams of a utopia where he is served by an army of robots, God dreams of a kingdom where “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

In the Kingdom of God, you won’t need robots. Everyone there will be your servant.

Where Was God In The Paris Attacks?

Apologetics God's Will Free Will

Source: "Paris attacks made me 'doubt' presence of God, admits Archbishop of Canterbury," By Agency, 12:01AM GMT 22 Nov 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-14

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12 ; Romans 2:5

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According to THE TELEGRAPH:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the terror attacks in Paris made him "doubt" the presence of God.

Justin Welby said he was left asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need. He said he reacted with "profound sadness" at the events, particularly because he and his wife had lived in Paris.

Asked if these attacks had caused him to doubt where God is, he said: "Oh gosh, yes," and admitted it put a "chink in his armour."

He told the BBC: "Yes. Saturday morning - I was out and as I was walking I was praying and saying: 'God why - why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'"

APPLICATION

Have you ever had cause to question the presence of God due to a personal encounter with overpowering evil? Whether you’ve had such an experience or not, the world abounds with such tragedy. So much so that we all have the opportunity to grapple with the questions posed by evil, long before these questions are forced upon us.

What about 911? What about the Holocaust? Should any of us, particularly those who serve as shepherds and guides, be caught off guard when something like this happens? Especially when we know from the pages of Scripture that God has granted mankind the free will to choose between good and evil. And not only that, the Bible warns us that those who choose evil are “storing up judgment for the day of judgment.”

Think about the implications of this statement. If judgment is being “stored up,” than it is not being doled out now!  And since you can't have divine justice without divine judgment, we shouldn't be surprised that we have to wait to see God's justice for the terrible things that some people choose to do.

The postponement of judgment requires the postponement of justice. The fact that man is given free will, combined with the fact that judgment has been postponed until the "day of judgment," means that we have no biblical basis for asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need.

Don't wait for evil to strike before you ask, “What the heck is going on in the world?" And don't allow the presence of evil to cause you to question the presence or the purpose of God. Expect God to allow what God has revealed He will allow, rather than what you think He should.

"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you" (1 Peter 4:12).

"But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up judgment against yourself for the day of God's judgment, when his righteous judgment will be revealed" (Romans 2:5).

In the Cross Jesus Embraces Our Pain

Cross Suffering Free Will

Source: THE CROSS OF CHRIST by John Stott, pp. 326-327

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Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2015-03-23

Scripture: Hebrews 4:15

Author: John Stott / Illustration Exchange
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Christian apologist and author Lee Strobel, in doing research for his book THE CASE FOR FAITH, once asked Barna researchers and pollsters to conduct a survey to determine the one question most people would want to ask God if given the opportunity.

"By far, the number one question that people wanted to ask God is 'Why He allows pain and suffering in this world?'"

APPLICATION

In offering the world a theological answer to this question, it's important not only to explain the involvement of free-will and the consequences of the fall of man, but to also move the conversation to include the suffering of God. For although the world suffers as a consequence of disobedience, God has also suffered as a consequence of His love for us. He does not leave us here alone to suffer, but has come down and fully embraced our suffering, making it His own. 

As John Stott has so eloquently articulated:

I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the one Nietzsche ridiculed as “God on the Cross.” In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples and stood respectfully before the statue of Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away. And in imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in Godforsaken darkness. That is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

[John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.]

Tech Giant Suggests Artificial Intelligence Is Grave Danger

Free Will Fellowship Devotion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-04

Scripture: 1 John 1:3

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Fatal Freedom

Free Will Hearing God's Voice Worldliness

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2014-06-21

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1 ; Hebrews 3:15

Author: Fred Gates
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Good Parents Who Plant Bad Seeds

Parenting Sin Nature Free Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-16

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

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Heaven Has Already Gotten To Us

Good Works Motivation Free Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-03

Scripture: Romans 1:17 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Peter Kreeft, Contributor, Catholic Educator's Res
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Cleaning Fairy Arrested for Unsolicited Housework

Free Will Grace Co-Dependency

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-04

Scripture: Revelation 3:20

Author: Kim Palmer, Reuters
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Bondservants of Christ

Servanthood Free Will Free Will

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-01-26

Scripture: Matthew 20:25 ; Mark 9:35

Author: David McClelland, Pshycologist
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Power's Limitation

Power Love (Divine) Free Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-15

Scripture: John 13:35

Author: Philip Yancey
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