Unveiling the AI Apocalypse with Perry Stone

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May 1, 2024 10:00:00 AM

Q: What inspired you to write “Artificial Intelligence Verses God: The Final battle for Humanity?”
I began reading of the sudden advancement of AI and the many dangers it could present, including eventually replacing up to 60% of jobs. I knew this was a place the entire world was heading towards and I wanted to have an in-depth word for the people of God on the subject. The book is well researched, with documentation and quotes, along with major biblical insights. It actually reveals five ways God will eventually destroy the technology of mankind during the Great Tribulation.

Q: Many Christians are curious about how technology, especially AI fits into biblical End-Time scenarios. Can you elaborate on this?
It can be compared to the clash between the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is about man’s creative ability to enhance knowledge on a level never before seen. It is all about fast speed advanced knowledge, and Satan’s original comment to Eve, “You shall be as God.” It also is linked with the ancient Tower of Babel syndrome, where the people thought, “There is nothing restraining us that we cannot do…” (Gen. 11), except now the “towers” are computer main frames.

Q: Do you believe AI is trying to challenge or even replace the role of God in human affairs?
A: It may not have been originally planned this for this purpose, but it has advanced to this level. A suggested AI religion will include a humanoid-like robot that will answer the most complicated religious questions, and some have suggested it will become a new god forming a new religion. This is just one suggested aspect of replacing the old religion for a new one.

Q: From your perspective, what are some potential dangers or ethical considerations Christians should be aware of regarding the rise of Artificial Intelligence.
A: According to my sources (that will remain unnamed) two threats are already inexistence. One is the ability of deep fakes, which are incredibly realistic photos or videos that are not real, to place a person in a compromising position in order to harm their reputation – yet the entire video or image is created by AI. The second is AI being able to place pictures on someone’s phone without their knowledge, and “set a person up,” while the individual had nothing to do with the videos or pictures that were actually AI generated and placed by professional hackers. There is also the danger of AI voice recording, through which a person allegedly said something but it was never said. I have been told by individuals on the Federal level that this is the highest and most dangerous risk. In the future you will have to be discerning and careful of believing almost anything you see or hear on social media, especially of it is designed to attack someone.

Q: How can Christians maintain their faith and biblical perspective in a world increasingly driven by technological advancements, including AI?
A: Daniel 12:4 teaches that in the time of the end, “Many will run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased.” We must acknowledge that we are living in the time of the end – and all of these discoveries, inventions, and progressions in advanced knowledge will emerge as part of the plan of prophecy. Eventually, nations will go cashless and purchasing will be with a mark, name, or a number (Rev. 13:16-18). We must learn to navigate and accept what is good, but strongly reject those things that are morally or spiritually dangerous. The internet is an example. It can be used for good or evil, for spreading the Gospel or for criminal activity. Money is amoral – neither good or bad – as it depends upon how it is used, for illegal drugs or for groceries. The same is true with advanced knowledge and AI.

Q: In your opinion, does AI pose a significant threat to human spirituality or the essence of what it means to be human? If so, how?
A: There are AI specialists who advance a theory that eventually, AI knowledge will advance to the level of giving a human the possibility of eternal life. They theorize that new cell transplants, new types of organs, and other advancements will bring mankind to a utopian society and cause us to live for hundreds of years. Of course this sounds great, but God said, “It is appointed unto men once to die” (Heb. 9:27), and only a redemptive covenant through Christ can bring eternal life and a future glorified body. This is the type of clash between traditional Christianity and the new system that will emerge with the False Prophet of Revelation 13.

Q: Are there any biblical passages or prophecies that you believe directly relate to the emergence of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on humanity?
The clearest reference is in Revelation 13, where men will create the “image of the beast,” causing it to “speak and live.” This speaking, talking image will be worshiped and those refusing will experience death by beheading (Rev. 13:11-18). The Greek word here for image is the word for icon, which is a religious image venerated in some religions. I have a chapter in the book in which I tackle the question of whether this image “created by men” is a possible advanced human-type robot that has full intellect and operational abilities as a human would. There are several possible interpretations to what this is and how it will work, including the object being a satanic-inspired false miracle that deceived the world (Rev. 13:14).

Q: As Christians, how can we engage with AI and technological innovations in a way that aligns with our faith and values?
A: When television first came out, some Christians refused to have it as they considered it evil. The internet was once considered a system of the Antichrist and some rejected all use of it. As with any technology, I always ask myself, “How can I use these systems to advance the printed, visual, or recorded Word of God to reach the masses?” Some AI technology can be an assistance to writing books, articles, editing, and doing work faster than we have ever known. I would say this is the view we should take. Use the good and reject the side that is dangerous or could cause harm. The fact is, the Bible is still the anointed Word of God and will change lives in whatever method is it is used to reach the world.

Q: What role do you see Christians playing in shaping the ethical development and regulation of AI technologies?
A: First, with the danger of deep fakes I believe there needs to be serious regulation on certain aspects of AI. Anyone who would attempt to destroy another person’s integrity or reputation through the use of false information should be criminally charged or penalized, as you do not play with a person’s life or family in the name of advanced knowledge. Christians should get behind any laws that would prevent false recording, videos, or fake pictures in the strongest terms. Often people do not get involved unless it impacts them personally. But we have never seen what is coming and must be alerted to the positives and negatives in advance.

Q: What message or encouragement would you offer to Christians who may feel overwhelmed or uncertain about the implications of AI on their faith and the future of humanity?
A: I would suggest to remember that we now have the greatest opportunity to reach more people, in their language, with the Gospel than ever before. For several years, I have conducted large evangelistic meetings in a foreign nation with as many as 70,000 people, as I preach from my studio in Cleveland, Tennessee, and they show me live on a big screen halfway around the world. We have seen over 120,000 souls won in four years! This is because of technology. The Gospel must be preached in all nations and then the end comes! We are in the time of the end and our focus must be on souls, souls, souls! God will use this technology to advance the Kingdom and Satan will use parts for his advantage. Just be mindful and discerning. In the end, God will defeat AI, including five different methods, that I discuss in my new book. God will always win in the end!



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