A former Google and Uber engineer and registered a new church with the IRS whose stated goal is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.” This new religion which anticipates advanced machines ruling over humanity as gods, has more support in the Silicon Valley community than many may think. And it lines up with one of the most stunning prophecies of the book of Revelation.
The Way of The Future Church – A Religion To Worship Artificial Intelligence
Anthony Levandowski, the founder of Way of The Future Church, made a fortune developing self-driving automobile technology at a startup which was eventually acquired by Uber (and that same technology is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit). Wired magazine, in an exclusive interview with Levandowski reported the following about the “church’s” filing documents:
“The documents state that WOTF’s activities will focus on “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.” That includes funding research to help create the divine AI itself. The religion will seek to build working relationships with AI industry leaders and create a membership through community outreach, initially targeting AI professionals and “laypersons who are interested in the worship of a Godhead based on AI.” The filings also say that the church “plans to conduct workshops and educational programs throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area beginning this year.”
… “What is going to be created will effectively be a god,” Levandowski tells me in his modest mid-century home on the outskirts of Berkeley, California. “It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?” (source).
Levandowski’s hope is that Way of The Future can start spreading the news and discourse on the inevitable Artificial Intelligent supercomputer that will so surpass human intellect, it will essentially be a deity. He even calls this news “the Gospel” and is developing their own bible which he calls “The Manual.” The Way of The Future will have a liturgy and even a physical place of worship. All this preparation is necessary for what the founder or “Dean” (his official title in the church) sees as preparation for the most powerful being in creation:
“If you had a child you knew was going to be gifted, how would you want to raise it?” he asks. “We’re in the process of raising a god. So let’s make sure we think through the right way to do that. It’s a tremendous opportunity.” (source).
While the notion may seem farfetched, Beginning and End reported on this desire for tech futurists years ago in our article: The Singularity: Science’s Quest for Immortality and Satan’s Deception. In that article we reported on the Global Future 2045 Conference which focused on the date when the human body will physically combine with machine technology to enable a person to live outside of the biological body and achieve “immortality” by downloading their consciousness into a machine avatar.
This would all be possible once humanity achieved the Singularity – the moment computer surpass humanity in intelligence and become so powerful they can rule over us all. The conference, held, in Russia, celebrated the inevitable takeover of society by computers and how humans could leverage this technological ascent to promote “life extension” – avoiding death via digital download or copy of one’s consciousness into computers.
Here was the promo video for Global Future: 2045:
All this lines up with Way of The Future’s philosophies. However, they prefer to call the Singularity “the Transition”:
“Humans are in charge of the planet because we are smarter than other animals and are able to build tools and apply rules,” he tells me. “In the future, if something is much, much smarter, there’s going to be a transition as to who is actually in charge. What we want is the peaceful, serene transition of control of the planet from humans to whatever. And to ensure that the ‘whatever’ knows who helped it get along.” (source).
Denial of The God of the Bible
The fervor for the Singularity or Transition includes a vehement denial of the God of the Bible and the Christian faith. To little surprise, Levandowski used a moment in his rare interview to knock Christianity:
“There are many ways people think of God, and thousands of flavors of Christianity, Judaism, Islam…but they’re always looking at something that’s not measurable or you can’t really see or control. This time it’s different. This time you will be able to talk to God, literally, and know that it’s listening.” (source).
Note that while the thousands of flavors of Christianity are seemingly inferior because it’s looking at something “not measurable” – Levandowski ignores his own hypocrisy as he creates a “church” to worship technology that does not exist yet and may not for decades or ever at all. Such is the danger of humanity combining its inherent sinful nature with intellect and technology – abject denial of the God who created us all. The book of Romans details this exact sinful downward spiral:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” – Romans 1:18-20.
What this passage explains is that all people inherently know that God exists. Nature, all on its own with its vast complexity, amazing uniformity and inexplicable existence (the odds of a planet having the conditions to permit carbon-based life and support it with water, proper temperature, UV levels, gravity, etc. are incredibly minute in the extreme) all prove to people that there is a God. So, no one of sound mind living in this world has an excuse for denying that this world had a Creator. The passage continues:
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping thing. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” – Romans 12:18-23; 25.
Human beings were made with a desire to worship. Even when a person denies God outright, they will still find an outlet for the worship by giving glory to created entities rather than The Lord who is Creator. Just as the Bible states, Levandowski branded Christianity a lie and suggests that this time – with Artificial Intelligence, a believer can speak to God “literally” – mocking Christianity as a fictional belief system. All this even though WOTF is creating a church, urging people to spread its “gospel”, developing a Bible and mimicking Christianity in numerous aspects as it awaits its “Godhead.”
The Image of The Beast – The Ultimate A.I. God
The Book of Revelation chronicles the rise and fall of the Antichrist – the satanically-empowered false messiah who will rule over the Earth in a global government in the final years before the Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ. There are some interesting parallels between its details and the future A.I.-dominated world envisioned by the Silicon Valley tech leaders. Revelation 13 describes a cashless future society where all purchasing and selling is done via “mark” in the hand or forehead of every person. Worship of the Antichrist will be mandatory under punishment of death.
But rather than worship the leader directly an “image” will be created which people can direct their praise to. The False Prophet, the religious cohort of the Antichrist who will oversee the worship of the false messianic figure, will, through supernatural satanic means, be able to give “life” to this image:
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” – Revelation 13:13-15.
This image – whether it be a statue or robot will have consciousness and be “alive.” It will speak and be able to determine who should be executed for violation of the Antichrist end times global religious system. Even though Revelation was written around 96 AD, the Bible was able to accurately predict the same technology futurists of today eagerly anticipate. And note that the Bible prophesies that this ultimate artificial intelligence will be worshiped – precisely what Way of The Future is looking forward to.
Silicon Valley Tech Moguls and the Quest for Immortality
Levandowski is not alone in seeking salvation via technology. In recent years, many tech moguls in Silicon Valley have invested millions in “life extension technologies” – studies and products that can not only extend life past the normal average span of today but ultimately lead to immortality. Billionaire Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, along with a host of other celebrities and tech luminaries, recently launched the National Academy of Medicine’s Grand Challenge In Health Longevity – which will distribute $25 million towards projects with the goal to “end aging forever.”
Google has already invested over $1.5 billion dollars in their own life extension technology firm Calico – short for California Life Company. Other Silicon Valley giants such as Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, Peter Thiel (cofounder of PayPal and one of the original investors in Facebook) and Bill Gates (who in an online chat stated one of his main remaining goals was “don’t die”) are focused on developing solutions to aging and death itself.
All this desire for an artificial godhead and life extension goes back to the Garden of Eden and Satan’s original false promise:
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:1-5.
When Satan tempted Eve, he promised that despite God’s clear warning “she would not die” if she at the forbidden fruit but would instead “…be as gods…” And since that time, the Devil has enticed humanity with that same deceitful proposition – that through our own efforts, intelligence and might we can become godlike and achieve eternal life. Of course, that never happened. Silicon Valley has now turned its sights on achieving this.
Trust in Eternal Life Through Jesus Christ
If you are not a Christian and have put your faith in science to explain the origin of the universe and humanity (e.g., the Big Bang, evolution, etc.), ask yourself why are the most brilliant tech experts in society forming a church? Why are they adopting the exact terminology and structure of the Christian faith? Why are they preparing worship for an entity that does not even exist at present? It is because there is a spiritual battle taking place that even the most scientifically inclined minds are drawn into. And 2,000 years ago, the Bible accurately predicted the road Way of The Future and other Singularity believers are considering. Do not be deceived.
There is a way to immortality. There is a way to have your soul transcend this world. And it is through eternal life in Jesus Christ. The same Bible that prophesied there would be an all-powerful artificial intelligence acting as a god, also prophesied that all people – everyone of us, are destined for eternal punishment because of our sin. But because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, where He took the punishment for our sins – all who believe in Him receive free forgiveness and eternal life. This is the message Satan has tried to hide from humanity since the beginning:
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.
Do not be blinded by the world’s advances. We have no reason to fear, science, technology or looking to the future and what we can achieve. But there is no replacement for the true God of the Bible. Hopefully one day those in the “church of A.I.” will be wise enough to realize this.