Why Transhumanism Won't Work
Transhumanism; what is it? The term transhumanism was coined by the English biologist and philosopher Julian Huxley in his 1957 essay of the same name. Although humanity had naturally evolved, Huxley believed it was now possible to refine and improve the species. This line of thinking is based on the premise that God's creation of humanity is flawed, and that's why Transhumanism won't work. God doesn't make mistakes and will only allow His creation to play the role of Himself for so long before He doesn't. The first commandment God gave Moses is just as relevant today as back then: "You shall have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:3). Having no other gods includes ourselves.
Why does man try to play the role of God? Could it be because something is lacking? In St. Augustine's Confessions, he wrote, "Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart cannot be quieted till it may find repose in Thee." In other words, God created us with a God-shaped hole in our hearts, and the only thing that can fill that void is God.
Why Did God Create Anything at All?
God created the universe to show His glory, but He didn't need to make it. We shouldn't think that God required more recognition than He had within the Trinity for all eternity or that He was somehow incomplete without the glory that He would receive from the created universe. This line of thinking would deny God's independence and imply that God needed the universe to be fully God. When, in fact, the creation of the universe was a free act of God. It was not a necessary act but something that God chose to do. "Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created" (Rev. 4:11). God desired to create the universe to demonstrate His excellence. The creation shows His great wisdom and power, and ultimately it shows all of His other attributes. Therefore, God created the universe to take delight in His creation.
Why Are Humans Different?
The Bible teaches that God created Adam and Eve in a unique, personal way: "then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature." (Gen. 2:7). After that, God created Eve from Adam's body: "So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man He made into a woman and brought her to the man." (Gen. 2:21–22).
God created His people for His glory because He speaks of His sons and daughters as those "whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made" (Isa. 43:7).
What Is Our Purpose in Life as Humans?
The primary purpose of humans is to fulfill the reason that God created us: to glorify Him. However, when we think of our interests, we make the happy discovery that we're to enjoy God and take delight in Him and our relationship with Him. Jesus says, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). David tells God, "in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Ps. 16:11).
We find the fullness of joy in knowing God and delighting in the excellence of His character. To be in His presence, to enjoy fellowship with Him, is a more tremendous blessing than anything we can imagine. "How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere" (Ps. 84:1–2, 10).
Scripture tells us that God rejoices in us as we glorify and enjoy Him. We read, "as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you" (Isa. 62:5). This understanding of the creation of humans has practical results. When we realize that God created us to glorify Him, and when we start to act in ways that fulfill that purpose, we experience an intensity of joy in the Lord that we have never before known. When we add to the realization that God Himself is rejoicing in our fellowship with Him, our joy becomes "inexpressible and filled with glory" (1 Peter 1:8).
Why Is It Dangerous for Humans to Play God?
Someone might object that it is wrong for God to seek glory for Himself in creating man. Indeed, it is terrible for human beings to seek recognition for themselves, as we see in the dramatic example of the death of Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:20-23). Herod died because he robbed God of the glory that God deserved, and he did not.
But when God takes glory for Himself, from whom is He robbing glory? Is there anyone who deserves praise more than He does? Certainly not! He is the Creator; He made all things and deserves all credit. Therefore, He is worthy of receiving glory. Humans may not seek glory for themselves, but what is wrong for humans is right for God because He is the Creator.
Earlier, I stated that God would only allow His creation to play the role of God for so long before He doesn't. Looking back at history, we see many examples of people failing when attempting to play God. Some may have gone further than others, but nobody in the history of humanity has ever successfully taken God's place. There have been many who tried and maybe, in their mind, succeeded, but in reality, they failed. And that's what's going to happen with Transhumanism. God may let an attempt at Transhumanism go forward, but ultimately it will not be successful; this is why Transhumanism won't work.
Until next time, live sensible, be healthy.