Did he just say that?
Occasionally, you might find yourself in a conversation where you wonder, “Wait, what are they actually saying?” For example, you’re in a Bible study discussing a book that you feel is incredibly heretical, one that no Christian would ever agree with its claims or general premise. However, the study leader says, “I think the author makes a lot of great points.” That’s when you say (or at least think), “Wait a minute, are you saying you like that book? You agree with the author?”
Actually, the study leader didn’t claim to agree with the author, even though their response could easily be interpreted to give that impression. Perhaps, overall, they are in strong disagreement with the author; however, they are simply recognizing that a number of claims made in the book truly do make some very important points that even Christians would agree with. The leader’s communication could have been clearer.
On other occasions, you don’t have to wonder at all about what the other person thinks. You might ask, “What did you think about the movie we saw last night?” They reply, “I thought it was the worst movie I’ve ever seen, maybe the worst ever made. I can’t believe I wasted two hours of my life watching it. I would rather have a root canal without any anesthetic than to watch that again!” That’s when you humorously ask, “So how do you REALLY feel about it?”
Time is short, so I need to get to my point. Have you ever heard of Klaus Schwab or the World Economic Forum? If not, you might want to start your research sooner than later!
What are the goals of Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum? When you browse their website, you see lots of “word salad." Here is a portion of their goals (from their web article entitled “8 predictions for the world in 2030”):
[By 2030] all products will have become services. “I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.” Shopping is a distant memory in the city of 2030, whose inhabitants have cracked clean energy and borrow what they need on demand. It sounds utopian, until she mentions that her every move is tracked and outside the city live swathes of discontents, the ultimate depiction of a society split in two.
He believes our intelligence finally allows us to rid ourselves of naïve beliefs in the supernatural, which we relied on for years:
“But what we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods. Now we are saying we do not need God just technology…”
He also believes we can control people and what they think and believe, not based on some level of respect for, or fear of, God, but through technology (and those who regulate it):
“What you try to do a thousand years ago with the priest preaching from the pulpit you will be able to do in a far more invasive way in 10 or 15 years with all kinds of brain-computer interfaces and direct biological interventions.”
As technology outperforms human capabilities, the question arises of the actual need for humanity, which Harari comments on:
“So what will be the use of humans in such a world [Where computers outperform humans physically and cognitively]? What will we do with billions of economically useless humans? We don’t have any economic model for such a situation. This may well be the greatest economic and political question of the 21st century.
In another interview, where the host asked a question regarding what we will do with all these useless humans, Harari’s response was:
“At present, the best guess we have is to keep them happy with drugs and computer games.”
Hmmm… seems like we have a good jump on that one already! I would add to the list, millions of videos of cute animals doing funny things, which coincidentally was mentioned by Harari in another interview.
I will undoubtedly need to expand on this subject in a future resource (video and/or written), because this is just the tip of the iceberg. It certainly reminds me of statements from another individual, quite a while back, that I’m sure you’re familiar with:
For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:13–14)
This was Satan’s downfall, thinking he could be like God. Shortly after, he convinced Eve to believe a similar lie, and his plan hasn’t changed a bit. (Why mess with something that works so well?)
The good news, as always, is that none of this should come as a surprise (knowing what the Bible says about the end times) and since God isn’t panicking about any of this, neither should we!
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)