February 12, 2018: SOAP #2993:  Leviticus 18-19; Psalm 13; Acts 19 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 19:24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. 25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income […]

February 12, 2018: SOAP #2993:  Leviticus 18-19; Psalm 13; Acts 19

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 19:24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. 25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.

Observation:    The silversmith, Demetrius, had a good business going.   But his sales were off since Paul had been in town for over two years.   Demetrius accused Paul of saying that gods made by the hands of a man was really no gods at all.

I am concerned that we may soon need an army of people like Paul saying the same thing today.   No computer assembled by man, with all its memory, with all its artificial intelligence, and whatever else it may have is a god, or can take the place of God!

Application:    In Exodus (11), people tried to make a tower that would reach the heavens.   God confused their languages, so they could not communicate.   Today, man is building 'smarter' and 'more intelligent' computers.   Soon all we know, and everything known about us will be contained in computers.   Soon computers, with no moral compass, will have enough capability to determine the direction of our lives.   A computer may be able to determine innocence and guilt, right and wrong based on the input of facts, but it will have no personal sense of mercy or compassion.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, in your wisdom, your fore knowledge, mercy, and compassion, keep us from the control of the amoral logic contained in computers.   You alone are God!   There can be no other!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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