As I understand it, here are the key themes from these comments.
- God generally respects our agency and allows us to learn for ourselves.
- God uses natural law to accomplish His purposes, including creation, resurrection and other miracles--and the scriptures don't explain how he did this--just that He did it.
- This use and understanding of natural law--ancient or modern--could be called "technology"
- God wants us to do things--to use our talents and abilities to become like Him, not wait around for Him to do it for us.
I actually agree with all of these ideas. Lincoln Cannon also responded with a new post that was insightful and helpful.
I believe in a God who has tremendous respect for our agency. Just as a parent or a soccer coach cannot help a child learn something by doing it for them, perhaps God wants us to learn how to figure things out, including resurrection, on our own?
I support that basic concept. In fact one of my frustrations with working with parents of youth is that they try to do too many things for their youth and that stunts their children's growth.
I believe that God uses and fully understands natural law and uses it to make things happen. I certainly won't claim an understanding of the methods or "technologies" he used to accomplish the resurrection or other miracles.
I actually love and embrace the development of new technologies and find it "miraculous" that we can now quite easily restore sight to many people, eradicate certain diseases, communicate instantaneously, and many other things. I also believe we can learn much about accomplishing the things God does through diligent research and experimentation.
My primary worry about transhumanism as a means to resurrection is that a belief that we can figure it out on our own tends to take Christ out of the picture.
If we can figure it out ourselves using only the scientific method, why do we need Christ? Where is the need for faith? What about grace? How about an order and type of resurrected body based on God-like righteousness and moral action?
The scientific method doesn't require Christ, faith, grace, or righteous and moral action. It makes no distinction among the moral values of the experimenter. Pure scientific experimentation allows Kim Jung Il to develop a nuclear weapon, just as easily as it does the U.S. It allows Saddam Hussein to develop the same biological weapons that we can develop.
Yet, the scriptures are clear that the resurrection will be ordered based on the moral behavior of the people being resurrected. Yes, everyone will be resurrected--but not all in the same order, and not to the same level of perfection.
How does a process based entirely on the scientific method ensure that kind of order? Who or what ensures that order is based on moral judgements?
I fully support agency, technology, and the use of natural law to accomplish God's purposes. However, I worry that suggesting we can resurrect ourselves tends to decrease our faith in Christ as the one who broke the bands of death, and who will do it in the future. I also feel more comfortable with Him being the judge as to who gets resurrected first and to what degree of perfection, and not some scientific committee of peers.