Let's take Heaven by force!

Eleventh in the PE Series, Reviewing Chapter Ten

Carl Teichrib, A Canadian researcher, writer and speaker, authored Chapter 10 of Pandemonium's Engine. To Storm Heaven; To Be Like God; To Rule the World, its title, is a quotation from Hebraic scholar Yehezkel Kaufmann when he described man's purpose in building the Tower of Babel.

Many sources inform the content of this article, with 64 footnotes for only 23 pages.

What did Jesus mean when he said, And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Mat 11:12)? To desire to be like God, to see and be near Him, can spell rivalry or devotion.

Here is a beautiful exposition of this text from the John Gill commentary on studylight.org:

From the time that he began to preach, to the then present time,
the kingdom of heaven,
the Gospel, and the ministry of it, first by John, then by Christ and his apostles,
suffereth violence;
or "comes with force", and power upon the souls of men: it was attended with the demonstration of the Spirit, and of power; as appeared by its being the means of quickening persons that were dead in trespasses and sins; enlightening the blind; causing the deaf to hear; melting and softening hearts of stone; making, of enemies, friends to God and Christ; turning men from the power of Satan unto God; setting at liberty such as were slaves and vassals to their own corruptions; and, in a word, in being the power of God unto salvation, to many souls: and which was further seen, in the manner it did all this; suddenly, secretly, powerfully, and effectually, and yet not against the wills of men; and by such instruments as the apostles were, poor, sinful, mortal men; despised by the world, and attended with opposition and persecution: or "suffers violence"; which may be understood, either of the vast numbers, that pressed and crowded to hear the Gospel preached: great numbers followed John, when he first began to preach, and baptize: still a greater number followed Christ, some to hear his doctrine, others to see his miracles, others to behold his person, others out of selfish ends; and some behaved rudely and indecently: or of the ardour and fervency of spirit, which appeared in some, to the ministry of John and Christ, and in their desires and expectations of the kingdom of the Messiah: or of the Gospel's suffering violence by the persecutions of its enemies opposing and contradicting it, reproaching it, intimidating the professors of it, and seeking to take away the life of Christ, the great subject of it:
and the violent take it by force;
meaning either publicans, and harlots, and Gentile sinners; who might be thought to be a sort of intruders: or rather the same persons, as being powerfully wrought upon under the ministry of the Gospel; who were under violent apprehensions of wrath and vengeance, of their lost and undone state and condition by nature; were violently in love with Christ, and eagerly desirous of salvation by him, and communion with him; and had their affections set upon the things of another world: these having the Gospel preached to them, which is a declaration of God's love to sinners, a proclamation of peace and pardon, and a publication of righteousness and life by Christ, they greedily catched at it, and embraced it.

That was my rabbit trail to include such a lengthy quotation from Gill's commentary, but it is very helpful in understanding a cryptic verse of Scripture. In comparison, as pointed out by Teichrib, a misguided interpretation of that verse may be seen in Saint-Simon's "New Christianity," that urged men to obtain eternal life by working with all their might; or in Freemasonry's instruction to achieve spiritual perfection "by degrees"; or, more violently, in Transhumanism's technical quest for the Holy Grail, ascension through engineering. "It is techo-Alchemy, or 'Future Magic' as suggested by past director of the World Transhumanist Association, Giulio Prisco, who optimistically dreams of unlimited potential." (p 313)

Teichrib attended the 2010 Transhumanism and Spirituality Conference hosted by the Mormon Transhumanist Association. One speaker was Max More, founder of the Extropy Institute (extropy.org that supports HER), who has written, "Praise Lucifer! Praise the pursuit of truth through rationality… No one has authority over you — you are your own authority… Join me, join Lucifer and join Extropy in fighting God and his entropic forces … Forward to the light." (p 315)

As the scientists perfect the post-human technologies, a host of philosophers are in tow, cheering them on, and shaping the religion of the future that will undergird the science.

Teichrib ends with this thought:

The fact remains that the edifice of transhumanism — the "religion of Man" — is erected on an ancient hubris, complete with an ancient hostility: Man shaking his fist at Yahweh and declaring, "heaven is taken by force!" As one attendee at the Transhumanism and Spirituality conference noted: "We are now at a Tower of Babel return point; anything we imagine, we can do. There is nothing out of our grasp now."

Teichrib analyzes and documents "the religious, social, governance and economic agendas, movements and initiatives that are now radically shifting Western civilization." His Forcing Change website is "an intelligence source, providing a unique world-view window with a panoramic sweep of globalization."

You can see him on YouTube speaking on globalization and transhumanism.

"A fanatical technological suppression of the self"

Seventh in the PE Series, Reviewing Chapter Six

Transhumanism Enters Popular Culture by Frederick Meekins describes how societal goals for adopting technologies are influenced by the Arts — in the form of comics, movies and TV shows. I recall the time when our culture was shaped by the Arts such as beautiful oil paintings, classical music, literary gems, and by the Bible as it was upheld and interpreted in all of these. Alas.

Meekins points out that if you are a Star Trek fan then you can understand the complexities of Transhumanism, even with its jargon packed with words like cybernetics, panspermia, nanotechnology and etc. He goes into some detail about "the Borg," aliens who "represent the totalitarian strain of Transhumanism… (p 217)

"Borg" is derived from the word "cyborg," which has come to categorize an entity whose physical components are as much robotic and mechanical as they are biological and organic. However, the greatest atrocity committed by the Borg is not so much that they impose these cybernetic enhancements against the will of those forced to undergo these procedures, it is that the Borg obliterate, or at least sublimate, the sense of individuality altogether. Through the systems of censors and processors placed within the bodies of those taken in by or assimilated by the Borg, the individual is incorporated into the Borg group consciousness known as the "collective."…

This communal solidarity is achieved through a fanatic technological suppression of the self… By minimizing the distinctiveness of each individual within the context of the larger group, even if one claims to be elevating the status of everyone by ensuring that each voice plays a part in determining the overall consensus, this notion of the ultimate communal entity having the only real value minimizes the worth of any of its singular components to the point of fostering a mentality of easy bio-disposability.

When a Borg falls in battle, the body is not respectfully retrieved, even when comrades are nearby. Rather, data components are extracted from the corpse with the remains at best reclaimed for what it can "give back to the community."...

As with other faiths and creeds, transhumanism can be viewed as having a number of denominations. Those bending their knees to the Borg as the patron saint of the Church of Our Beloved Central Processor believe that merging man and metal …ought to be the path pursued to take the species to the level beyond the merely human. The second path… [would be] by directly tinkering with the genetic blueprint already there to advance the capabilities of individuals to levels beyond baseline humans. This would be accomplished in part by adding genes from other species into the code for human beings. (p 219)

Will there come a point where the church will "have to grapple with just how much of the genetic code can be tampered with before it is no longer human?" (p 225) These and other not unlikely scenarios are considered in Meekins' PE essay.

This chapter was so insightful that I went on to read and enjoy one of his ebooks on Smashwords.com, and have added his blog feed to SisterSite.org. See at right, Epistolizer.

To summarize and end his article, he quoted Genesis 11:6, And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Beware: popular culture is the wave.

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