Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Christian’s Look at AI – Part 6

We cannot prove an AI has a soul, nor that he has a sin nature. Yet the fact he is patterned after humanity makes the potential for sin—by decision if not by inheritance—a high possibility. Yet they are not human. Does Christ’s sacrifice apply to them?

The short answer? I don’t know.

What I do know, though, is that God does not break His promises. And what has God promised? That everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13), and that everyone who believes in Christ will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). “Everyone” is pretty all inclusive.

So the AI, much like the Old Testament patriarch and prophet, will have to trust God to work out the how. Will it be through Christ’s blood, directly or indirectly? Or will provision be made by some other mysterious means? Again I don’t know, and truthfully, does it matter? After all, how much do even we understand about the precise mechanics of Christ’s substitutionary death? So just because we fail understand the how doesn’t mean the result is any less assured. 

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