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Artificial Intelligence and Biblical Wisdom
By Gary Kelly

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is indeed an astounding technical advancement. As much as we appreciate extraordinary achievements of man, neglecting the wisdom our Creator desires us to know is ill-fated. While AI inspires worldly wisdom, the Holy Spirit inspires Biblical wisdom (Job 32:8-10, 38:36, 1 Corinthians 2:10-16).

Worldly wisdom can lead to either good or evil (Galatians 5:14-17), whereas the wisdom of the Holy Spirit inspires that which is righteous and holy. (Galatians 5:18-26).  Worldly wisdom with free will allows us the freedom to oppose the moral boundaries established by our Creator. (Romans 1:18-32) This is evident by those who willingly violate “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” and is evident in delusional attempts to deny biology. Depraved “reprobate minds” also abuse our Creator’s foundational design of marriage between one man and one woman, as it is designed, and is the basis for wholesome families and subsequently a civil society.

As with all that is worldly, AI will also require discernment between good and evil in what is produced. The “father of lies” (John 8:44) continues to deceive as he did with Eve in challenging “what God had said,” (Genesis 3:1) appealing to our God-given free will of deciding to honor or abuse God’s design. (1 John 2:15-17). Satan also capitalizes on our envy, same as the envy he has with the Creator (Isaiah 14:12-15), and seeks to devour us (1 Peter 5:8) with sin, keeping us separated from our Creator (Isaiah 59:2).

Worldly wisdom naturally implores us to seek matters to improve our livelihood on earth, yet Jesus implores us to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God,” (Matthew 6:33) as the “Kingdom of God” is “hidden wisdom” (Matthew 11:25).  But what exactly is this “Kingdom of God?” The Apostle Paul provides the definition: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

Paul also challenges our wisdom: “For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’ [Isaiah 29:14] Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of this world foolish? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:19-25) 

In “Rediscovering the Kingdom,” Myles Munroe challenges with this thought: "Knowledge unenlightened by the truth of God is dark knowledge. We may have a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D., but without the Lord all we have is dark information. It may help navigate us in the world of darkness, but by itself will never lead us to the truth. Apart from the revelation of the Spirit of God, none of us could ever find our way into the light. Darkly educated people are like those whom Paul described to his young protégé', Timothy, as 'always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.'" (2 Timothy 3:7)

James however, leaves us in no doubt the wisdom we should desire and why: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without criticism, and it will be given to him. …Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show his works by his good life in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not boast and do not lie against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, and devilish.  For where there is envying and strife, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 1:5, 3:13-18; See also: 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 and Malachi 3:18)

As Jesus makes clear (Matthew 11:25) the wisdom from above is hidden from the “wise and prudent,” yet revealed by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:10-16, Matthew 16:17, John 16:12-13) While worldly wisdom, including AI, can be utilized for either good or evil, we are implored to “set your affection on things above, not on things on earth” (Colossians 3:1-4) and “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in nor steal, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

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