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Navigating AI Tools in the Christian Faith

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It’s no surprise that artificial intelligence tools and systems are slowly taking over the world as we know it. With the rise of messenger bots like ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot, Google bard, etc also comes a new wave of challenges that we must be mindful of. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) presents both unprecedented opportunities and formidable challenges.

As followers of Christ, we are at a turning point that will impact our future down the road. Should we embrace the power of this new technology? Or stay away from the temptations and pitfalls that it may pose?

Dear child, before giving in to feelings of despair and doubt, know that it is your vocation as a child of God to discern not only the capabilities of these tools, but also their implications for our spiritual journey. How do we, as God’s people, navigate the complex landscape of AI in a way that honors our faith and values?

The Perils of Artificial Intelligence

If you’ve used any of the big AI chatbots out there, you’ll likely realize what a marvel of human ingenuity it is. Yet this great innovation of our time also carries certain dangers that we must be vigilant against. As Scripture warns us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8)

In the context of AI, one key point of vigilance that we should always guard against is the awareness of the potential for false news, misinformation, and scams—all tools that the adversary may use to sow confusion and discord.

These digital deceptions can subtly shift our perceptions of reality, leading us down paths that diverge from the truth of the Gospel. As stewards of God’s wisdom, we are called to educate ourselves and our communities about these risks, ensuring that our engagement with technology remains grounded in truth and integrity.

Do not be too quick to believe everything that you see on your newsfeed and always confirm their sources. It can be really easy to fake images nowadays with the help of AI, and as such we must stay vigilant.

Should Christians Use Artificial Intelligence?

Is artificial intelligence inherently good or evil? This question echoes the broader theological discourse on the nature of things created by man. Like fire that can set a home warm or consumes it whole, AI is a tool whose moral value is determined by the intentions and actions of its users.

If the intention is to deceive, mislead and create false information in order to manipulate others for a particular agenda, then any tool that person uses will also yield a sinful result.

Paul’s words to the Romans resonate deeply here: “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it can be unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean” (Romans 14:14). Similarly the technology behind artificial intelligence systems in itself is not evil; its righteousness or sinfulness is imparted by human use. It is a testament to human creativity—a gift from God, which we are meant to use wisely and ethically.

How then should we as Christians engage with AI in our work, leisure, and service to the church community? The key lies in moderation and intentionality. AI can significantly enhance our abilities to perform tasks, solve complex problems and connect with others. However, it should not replace our reliance on God’s guidance or our commitment to personal relationships and community.

As we navigate this new wave of artificial intelligence, let us not do so with fear and distrust, but rather be empowered by the guiding grace of the Lord to embrace new opportunities with our faith.

We must always remain watchful and wary of the potential dangers that it can bring to our lives and the community. We trust that God’s plan for our lives is unfolding exactly as intended, not despite the complexities of technology, but through them. As we engage with new technology, let us do so with prayerful vigilance, ethical intent and a steadfast commitment to our spiritual growth.

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