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AI should give prayers and preach sermons in churches



Artificial intelligence is welcomed in the churches with open arms. ChatGPT is to hold opening prayers and sermons in church services in the future. A vision that numerous so-called theologians can really get excited about.

Speech machines in the church

Some amusement parks, fairytale forests and zoos offer their visitors an “information machine” in front of a sight, which has to tell some details about the respective attraction at the push of a button. You listen to the message of the voice, think you’ve got the information, and move on. A device that does not have to be bad per se.

AI to hold “church services”.

Such a speech machine is now also to be a facility at the coming “Kirchentag” (A kind of “Theological Mass”) in Nuremberg, Germany. Worshipers are no longer delighted by the words of a preacher, but by the secretions of a so-called artificial intelligence (AI). If the plans of the Viennese “theologian” Jonas Simmerlein work out, then everything that is told in the service will come “from the neural networks of ChatGPI”, so katholisch.de from the sources of the Evangelical Press Service (epd).

ChatGPT says the opening prayer

In addition to the “sermons” performed by ChatGPI, one of these “intelligence machines” should also compose the appropriate church music itself. Existing hymns serve as a template, which should inspire the AI ​​to create a new composition. The “AI Sermons” will be introduced by an “Opening Prayer” created by ChatGPI. This prayer has already been completed. Although this opening prayer caused irritation at times, Simmerlein saw no reason to change anything in the prayer. He is happy with that. “One notices that the program does not understand exactly what it is doing,” says the “theologian”.

“AI in church a step forward”

Artificial intelligence is supposed to proclaim ‘God’s Word’

The use of artificial intelligence in the Protestant churches takes place within this institution greater popularity. According to Anna Puzio, there is great potential in AI. Theologian and anthropologist of technology from the University of Twente, Netherlands. You will be present at such an “AI service”. For them, this technology offers sick people, among other things, the opportunity to take part in the service. Based on technical advances, “authentic access is granted”.
Nevertheless, AI must be used with caution. The AI ​​program uses data from all over the world and it is not clear where it comes from. In addition, this data is not necessarily based on ethical criteria.

Looking to the future, Simmerlein advocates an assisting role for AI. ChatGPT can act as an assistant during the sermon. The AI ​​could be particularly useful for expanding one’s own theological knowledge. Lay preachers in particular benefited from this


AI can create prayers for Pious

For believers, AI can offer support for individual piety, according to the Viennese “theologian”. This enables people to formulate a prayer on a specific topic. “It may well be that in the future we will move more and more in a world in which AI and robots will become part of our world,” says Simmerlein. However, the “worship service” held by ChatGPT should not be understood as a joke. This will be a real church service.

A declaration of bankruptcy

Even without any AI, the attentive Bible reader has long known that the evangelical church will one day fall. But one is always amazed at the depth and wonders how far down it can actually go. These machinations, which are still referred to as worship, prove the enormous distance this church has meanwhile been taken from the gospel. These church representatives pretend to be theologians (Theos = God – Logos = Word) and, with full knowledge of the fallibility of this artificial intelligence, let propably gossip on mankind and also describe this as a valuable achievement of technology. The attempts to explain the supposed advantages of “AI in church services” may sound intellectually and educationally valuable, but for this guild they are pure declarations of bankruptcy. One wonders which “god” these people actually serve.

Fallen, fallen

It has become pitch black around the structureless church

With such developments within these churches, one verse springs to mind:
“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
Revelation 14:8 gives mankind a warning that “Babylon” has finally fallen. The Babylon referred to in Revelation is a “team of three” and is thus “the dragon,” “the beast,” and “the false prophet.” The catholic internet portal as a representative of the “beast” reports without any criticism about the completely absurd developments in the protestant church, the “false prophet”. This, however, without surprise. The “false prophet” is in the process to set up the image of the “beast” as described in Revelation 13. Revelation 13:2 gives an answer to the question of which “god” these actors actually serve:
“…and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Bible verses from King James Version

AI should give prayers and preach sermons in churches
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