Cybernetic Resurrection

By Caleb Keith

This week I read a story about an ambitious medical/cybernetics company that says it will resurrect the dead by 2045. The company is named Humai and its resurrection plans, while mostly unclear, appear to be a two step process. First, extract the human brain before death and cryogenically freeze it. Second, implant the frozen brain into a robotic body. Just like that, the world will have access to everlasting life. Science beat God to the punch. Not too fast now, you see the news outlet BuzzFeed reached out to researchers from the Society for Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behavior to understand whether or not the science behind the idea pans out.

The answer was an overwhelming no. The researchers believed that transplanting a brain into a cybernetic host was certainly possible. However, they also believed this wouldn’t resurrect the host of that brain. One unnamed researcher said, “That entity that people are trying to preserve just wouldn’t be there. There is something that will never be captured no matter how sophisticated technology gets.” Other researchers went on to say that the brain alone does not encapsulate the conscience mind, but it is the entire body that makes up a person.

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One of the amazing nuggets hiding among this is that a group of Scientists plainly stated that there is an un-measurable, un-detectable essence to humanity that technology and science cannot touch. Additionally, this invisible essence of humanity is directly fused to the body and that together makes the person. This parallels how scripture describes humanity as dichotomous, being made up of both body and soul. Neither the body nor the soul is complete without the other. Scripture emphasizes this heavily when dealing with the resurrection of the dead. St. Paul states in Romans 8:10-11, “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who dwells in you.” The resurrection of Christ is not a brain transplant or a transferring of the soul but a resurrection of the body and the soul together as one.

Unlike technology and science, God can work in the un-quantifiable. Through his awesome power, humanity is made whole in the Blood of the Lamb. With Christ, our whole person is raised leaving nothing behind. All glory be to Jesus Christ who through his death and resurrection achieved for us what no scientist ever can.

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