So-called "technological futurists" like Peter Cochrane, Ray Kurzweil, and Kevin Warwick are talking about a time when human beings will be able to upload and unify our consciousnesses into a single, borg-like cosmic entity. The goal, of course, is immortality. "Living" in the network will mean an end to death, since our thoughts and consciousness will be stored in digital form and accessible forever. That means we can dump these annoying bodies that break down (and get cancer), and have endless fun in a permanent video game instead. Or so the story goes.

The catch is you will have to "die," i.e., give up your body, to get there. And of course, the real catch is that you will also have to give up your soul, as described in Revelation 13:16-18.

When you hand over your consciousness (and your soul) to the network for eternal "safekeeping," to whom will you be handing it? It is my belief that you will be handing it to Satan. And that "immortal network" that Cochrane and others are so excited about? I believe it's what humans have always referred to as Hell. A continual, horrible, inescapable immortality -- controlled by someone else. And not a nice someone else, either.

The Bible tells of a miserable outcome for those who worship the Beast (and accept his counterfeit offer of immortality?). They will be consigned to eternal torment in hell. Wherever and whatever this is, I want no part of it:

If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

There is a dark spirit behind the idea of decoupling your soul/consciousness from your body and giving it to a computer for "safekeeping," and it seems to be prowling for converts. It's no coincidence that everyone from Hollywood film makers to Russian cosmonauts to entire Wikipedia entries are echoing the same idea.

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