Many are hoping that future technologies will be the key to eternal life. This tract shows that the only guaranteed eternal life is found in Jesus Christ. Targeted to transhumanists, but applicable for all.
Life Extension Technologies
We have seen many technological advancements in the past century, the likes of which past generations could not have imagined. TV, space shuttles, and the internet have been introduced. However, the technologies that will appear in the next 50 to 100 years may surprise us. Future technologies are anticipated that could extend the human lifespan. These emerging “life extension technologies” will enable us to live much longer, by 50, 100, even 200 years.
For example, a technology developed in the near future may provide a life extension of perhaps 20 years. This extension allows people to live long enough to receive technology that grants them another 50 years, which allows them to live to add another 100 years. Thus, future life extension technologies will enable us to live indefinitely, possibly even forever. Eternal life may finally be within our grasp. Think about the benefits. You will never again have to worry about dying, because you will never die.
Anticipated life extension technologies include cloning, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, virtual reality, mind uploading, and cryonics. Human cloning will allow you to grow replacement copies of your organs outside of your body. Since these are just clones your existing organs, there is little risk of rejection. When an organ wears out, you can simply clone a new one, and replace it. Unfortunately, this does not stop aging. But, in the future, you may be able to clone an entirely new body, and transplant your brain into it.
Genetic engineering could also be used to extend lives. Our human bodies could be genetically engineered to age slower, and resist disease, thus living longer. Genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, down syndrome, and hemophilia would be permanently reversed. The lives of those genetically dis-posed to early deaths will be lengthened.
In addition to genetic technologies, nanotechnology will also drastically increase the human lifespan. Nanotechnology involves building materials and machines at a very small scale, literally atom by atom. Nanorobots, when introduced to the human body, will fight aging, and help us live much longer. These robots will clean the plaque out of our arteries, repair cell damage, and reverse aging. When you get injured, these will speed to assist the body rapidly repair the damage. Even if you are badly mangled, the nanorobots will be able to knit you back together. If your heart stops, they will be able to restart it, and send a signal wirelessly to alert paramedics.
These are just some of the life extension technologies anticipated in the near future. With the perfection of these technologies, man will be able to live in-definitely. We may soon be able to live forever.
Some may question the ethics and morals of life extension. Is this technology morally acceptable? There is nothing in the Bible against living longer. In fact, the Bible even mentions people living to around 900 years old. (See Genesis Ch 5).
The Bible even speaks very highly of the quest for eternal life.
Unfortunately, these technologies cannot protect against all freak accidents. They do not completely remove immortality. So people may seek to avoid doing anything risky. Some will utilize brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality technology to live in a computer world, while their body is stored on a rack, protected from all outside risks. Some individuals may even attempt to upload their minds into the computer world, that they may live completely in the computer outside of their bodies. Thus, the technologies used to achieve eternal life may be considered extreme.
However, these technologies cannot guarantee eternal life. They are not guaranteed to work, or even be available. Or, when they become available, they may be very expensive. What happens when nanorobots malfunction, or the virtual computer world crashes? As mentioned above, they cannot completely eliminate mortality. Also, these technologies may not be available for months or years. Thus, some may turn to cryonics, having their corpses frozen in hope that some future technology will be able to revive them. Therefore, these technologies have promised eternal life, but they might not be able to deliver.
Yet, we have been promised eternal life. We were created to have eternal life.
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (Titus 1:2)
As mentioned previously, the Bible records individuals who lived to nearly 900 years old. This is not forever, but it is much longer than that of today. Why did they not live forever? The answer is sin: “For the wages of sin is death;” (Romans 6:23a). The penalty for sin is death, eternal death in Hell. We are all sinners. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23). Even with life extension technologies, sin is not eliminated. It will not prevent murder, rape, theft, and corruption. Would you really want to live forever in an imperfect world?
However, God has promised us eternal life in a perfect place called Heaven. Forget waiting decades for uncertain and expensive technology. Eternal life is available to you today. You can KNOW that you will live forever. “These things have I written unto you...that ye may know that ye have eternal life...” (1 John 5:13).
The punishment for sin is eternal death, but this eternal life is the free gift of God. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). God is holy, and we are sinful. Our sin separates us from God and His gift of eternal life. God sent His very Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take the punishment for your sins.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
He shed His blood to wash away your sins. He took your place on the cross, and offers you the free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Eternal life is freely offered by God.
Life extension technology cannot guarantee that you won't die. Technology will fail. If you die trusting life extension technology for eternal life, where would you go? Trusting in technology for eternal life is a sure way to eternal death.
ETERNAL LIFE, THROUGH:
Faith in Jesus Christ
Possibly available in the future
Eternal life in
Eternal life in imperfect world
Promised by God
What are you trusting for eternal life? Technology can't save you. Your good works can't save you. You can never do enough good to cover even ONE of your sins. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:8,9) Only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will save you from your sins and eternal death.
To obtain God's free gift of eternal life, you must REPENT of your sins and ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Saviour.