A new summer blockbuster titled “Lucy”, starring megastar Scarlett Johansson is set to make a big haul at the box office. The movie, about a woman who is exposed to a drug that allows her to access the full use of her brain and attain superhuman powers, appears to be another example of the marketing of the transhumanism movement – which attempts to use technology to enhance humanity to the point of being immortals with godlike powers. All of this is the same deception Satan used on humanity in the Garden of Eden and draws people from believing in God into believing they can actually be god themselves.
The trailer for the film is below:
And here is the synopsis from the film website:
In a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan who is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman, due to accessing much more than the normal 10% of her brain capacity. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and chooses not to feel pain or other discomforts..An action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. (source).
In the trailer, Lucy’s ingestion of the futuristic drug into her bloodstream sends the use of her “brain capacity” (an idea based on the fictional notion that humans only use 10% of their brains) accelerating, giving her advanced intelligence on the way to superhuman abilities. As stated on the film’s official website, Lucy is able to learn languages in seconds, understand the most difficult scientific concepts and becomes so advanced that she literally absorbs information upon viewing it. As her brain races to “100% capacity usage” she can control the minds of others, shut off her resistance to pain and see the digital stream of information traveling on Wi-Fi networks. As the character states on the film’s website, Lucy is “the anomaly” and the “next step in evolution.” All the while she kills her captors with cold, emotionless precision.
In a very visually jarring interface on the film’s website, a message is displayed at very high speeds that is supposed to be a chat with the movie’s main character. In it she explains that as she approaches 100% brain capacity, she can “see everything” and “feel everything.” She can look into the past, present or future. She can stop time. She can travel out of her body and even go into space and then return Earth. She essentially becomes a god. And she states that once humanity understands evolution properly “we can all be come divinity.” (source).
These advanced abilities are precisely what those in the transhumanism movement are seeking to achieve in real life. The transhumanism movement, is a group of scientists, professors and like-minded thinkers who are focused on using science and technology to bring the next step of human evolution. Achieving “the Singularity” is a very key part of their goals. A transhumanist website writes:
“The Technological Singularity is the point in the predicted near future when technology allows the artificial increase of intelligence to a level far beyond that of current human intelligence. It is best described as an intelligence explosion; the event horizon which can not be predicted beyond.
The result of such an intelligence explosion would cause changes to life as we know it far beyond what is foreseeable at current human intelligence levels. On this site we liken it to the creation of a god, for it will quite literally immediately make anything possible beyond comprehension, and certainly everything listed in the above blue menu; it will likely enable us to understand our own existence, and gain abilities of what religions currently depict Gods have.” (source).
A second trailer for the film emphasizes this message:
As Lucy’s mental powers increases she develops a host of new abilities that essentially make her a god:
- The ability to see the digital stream of wiresless information from cell phones, computers, tablets and other devices:
- Feeling human energy
- Manipulating her cells to physically alter her appearance with thought
- Accessing the human mind
Ray Kurzweil, the Founder of the Singularity University, Director of Engineering at Google, is considered the modern “father” of the transhumanist/singularity movement. He is renowned for his prediction that by the year 2045, technology will have advanced to the point that humans can merge with machine and achieve immortality.
Google’s Director of Engineering and noted futurist Ray Kurzweil made some bold predictions at the Global Future 2045 World Congress this week. According to him, human immortality, the singularity of man and machine merging and the ability for people to upload our brains to computers will all be possible in the next 30 to 100 years or so. “We’re going to be increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important anymore.” (source).
In the simulated “chat” with Lucy on the film’s website, the main character compares the human body to a hermit crab and that it is just a shell that “needs to be shed.” Here is another quote from Kurzweil from his seminal book The Singularity Is Near:
“Evolution moves towards greater complexity, greater elegance, greater knowledge, greater intelligence, greater beauty, greater creativity, and greater levels of subtle attributes such as love. In every monotheistic tradition God is likewise described as all of these qualities, only without limitation: infinite knowledge, infinite intelligence, infinite beauty, infinite creativity, infinite love, and so on. Of course, even the accelerating growth of evolution never achieves an infinite level, but as it explodes exponentially it certainly moves rapidly in that direction. So evolution moves inexorably towards this conception of God, although never quite reaching this ideal. We can regard, therefore, the freeing of our thinking from the severe limitations of its biological form to be an essentially spiritual undertaking.” (source).
Beginning and End covered the Global Future 2045 World Congress meeting in our article: The Singularity – Science’s Quest For Immortality And Satan’s Deception. To fully understand the agenda of the Singularity movement to lead humanity’s evolution to a new being (often called homo superior), the conference produced the video below:
Lucy promotes these same ideas as it becomes apparent to Johansson’s character that as she becomes more godlike, she is going to shed her humanity. The film soon turns into a race for the her to understand her evolution beyond her physical body. Ultimately Lucy uses technology to download her ever-increasing knowledge and consciousness into a super-computer so she can live forever – the exact goal of the transhumanism movement.
Immortality and powers that make a person into a god are precisely what Satan offered Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. – Genesis 3:1-5.
Rather than receive immortal life and become gods, Adam and Eve were punished by God and banished from the Garden of Eden. And humanity, who was made in the image of the true God and Creator of the universe, was suddenly corrupted. Sin is what brought suffering, pain and death into the world: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”(Romans 5:12).
And the sinful corrupted nature of Adam was passed on to all of his descendants and all of the human race today. And thus all people have a natural inclination against God and toward sinful rebellion. And all people die. This is the sad legacy of man’s first attempt to achieve immortality without God.
Science and technology provide amazing benefits to society. And the pursuit of scientific advancement is not sinful in itself. It is only when people think they can deny and usurp God that they have crossed into rebellion. Romans chapter 1 outlines this descent into rejection of God:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, – Romans 1:18-22.
Despite God revealing and making Himself clear to those who can notice the obvious order and design of nature, many reject and deny God’s existence and instead promote themselves as “god” or some other foolish notion. And this is where many ideas in the transhumanist movement are headed.
Here is an excerpt from the article, “Transhumanism and The End of Religion”:
“Religions, arising before transhumanist ideas were conceivable, advised its followers to accept death and hope for the best, with no other options available. And religious beliefs provided comfort against natural evils before the advent of science and technology.
But must we relinquish religious beliefs now, before science gives us everything we want? Might we allow the comfort of religious beliefs to those who need them, to those who must tell their children something when someone dies? The most important reason to abandon religious belief is religion’s opposition to most forms of progress. From the elimination of slavery, the use of birth control, and women’s and civil rights, to stem cell research, genetic engineering, and science in general, organized religion often opposes progress. The comfort provided by archaic superstitions often impedes advancement and should be set aside.
…No doubt humans need a new scientifically based cosmic narrative to replace the older less plausible religious ones. Such narratives are beginning to emerge as our understanding of cosmic evolution and our proper role in it increases. But whatever shape those narratives take they will be informed by the belief that humans can evolve into something much more than they are now.” (source).
Another transhumanist article sets its sights squarely on the Christian faith, published on Christmas Eve, 2013:
“For a few billion people around the world, Christmas is the most important and relished holiday of the year….For many nations, no other day comes close to being as special. For this reason, it seems almost unimaginable that another day — especially an unknown one looming on the horizon — will soon unseat Christmas as the most important day in the world. Nonetheless, for humanity, the course is set. The birth of an artificial intelligence equal or greater than that of human intelligence is coming. It’s called AI Day. And once it arrives, it will rapidly usher in a new age…
Regardless what happens in the future, it’s safe to say AI will not be an entity speaking to us in hackneyed parables, or telling us to pluck out our eyes and cut off our hands if we sin. It probably also won’t threaten us with a hopeless fiery hell of eternal punishment for our lack of faith. It’s far more likely the greatest tool our species has ever created will tell us how to end world poverty with inventive technologies, how to best fix the Earth of the environmental degradation we’ve caused, and how to heal ourselves of all disease and live indefinitely via radical science. Sure, there will be risks in keeping AI our friend and ally, but there will be even greater rewards in harnessing it and using it to advance civilization.
One thing is for sure, to the human species, the birth of an advanced artificial intelligence will become far more important than the birth of Christ. Christmas, if it survives at all, will be relegated to just another commercial and cultural holiday that superstores and big business thrive on. Meanwhile, reasonable people will celebrate AI Day, the real moment in history the savior of civilization was born.” (source).
Notice the author is focused on Christianity and replacing Jesus Christ with Artificial Intelligence (“AI”). And the article blatantly mocks the Bible. This is where Satan’s influence comes in. What spirit is leading someone to write such an offensive article on Christmas Eve? The same spirit that is leading so many people today to seek immortality whether it’s through the New Age movement, the occult, or technology – and do it without God.
Luc Besson – No Stranger To Sinful Rebellion
Luc Besson, the writer and director of Lucy has explored the ideas of “achieving godhood” before. The Sci-fi thriller, The Fifth Element, was one of Besson’s early hits and broke the record for the highest grossing French film ever made.
The Fifth Element told the story of an alien race who come to Earth in 1914 to enter an Egyptian temple to obtain an ancient weapon capable of defeating an alien force called The Great Evil which appears every 5,000 years. The weapon consists of four stones, representing the four classical elements, and a sarcophagus that contains a Fifth Element in the form of a ‘perfect human’, who combines the power of the other four elements into a “Divine Light” that can defeat the evil. The Mondoshawans promise their contact, a priest, that they will return with the Elements in time to stop the Great Evil, which will occur in three centuries.
In 2263, the Great Evil appears in space in the form of a giant ball of black fire, and destroys an Earth spaceship that is attacking it. The current Mondoshawan contact, priest Vito Cornelius, informs the president of earth of the history of the Great Evil and the weapon that can stop it. As the Mondoshawans return to Earth, they are ambushed by Mangalores, a race hired by the industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, who was instructed by the Great Evil to acquire the stones.
The Mondoshawan’s spacecraft is destroyed; the only recoverable item is a hand of the Fifth Element. The scientists take the hand to a New York City laboratory, using it to re-construct a humanoid woman, known as “Leeloo”, which has been described as “perfect”. Terrified of her unfamiliar surroundings, she escapes confinement and jumps off a ledge to land in the flying taxicab of Korben Dallas, a divorcee and former major in the special forces. (source).
So an alien race clones the hand of this ancient being to create a god-like woman named “LeeLoo” who is the fifth element and key to activating this powerful weapon. All of these ideas are found in witchcraft. The Pentagram or pentacle symbol that is so popular in witchcraft and many occult practices, is a representation of the Five Elements – earth, air, fire, water and the fifth element, ether or spirit. As explained on a witchcraft website:
For modern-day Pagans, the Pentacle contains many wonderful layers of symbolism. The five points symbolize the four directions with the fifth point as the sanctity of Spirit, within and without. The circle around the star symbolizes unity and wholeness. It represents the quest for Divine Knowledge, a concept which is ancient in origin and universal in scope from the earliest written ritual texts in Babylonia, to the Celts, to the Native American traditions. Similar to other figures which are made of a single unbroken line, this symbol is used to mark off magical enclosures or ritual areas, especially when used for invocation of deities or spirit.
The pentagram is one of the most powerful and popular symbols used by many Neo-Pagans, including those involved in Wicca and Ceremonial Magic. In working magic, Pagans may draw the shape of the pentagram in the air with the athame, or sacred blade, sometimes in the four directions as part of the ritual. A physical pentacle in the form of a flat disc is often the a main feature of the altar and is a widely used ritual tool. The symbol is used to decorate magickal tools or items such as a chalice, cauldron, or the handle of the athame itself. For some it represents feminine energy relating to the Goddess and may be used to bind elemental spirits of the earth as well as to hold consecrated objects such as herbs, amulets and crystals. (source).
The occult concept is that by unifying the four elements of nature or the four cardinal directions (north, south, east and west) an occultist can access the spiritual realm through the fifth element of spirit, also known as ether or quintessence. And it the fifth element is a means of transformation to divinity.
In the film, LeeLoo is called “perfect” by the scientists who remove her from the sarcophagus. She has superhuman ability and also possesses the power to release the “Divine Light” that can save the planet. In Lucy, the main character achieves divinity that she wants to share with the human race.
Interestingly, Lucy means “light” and is the feminine root of the name Lucifer (“light bearer”), Satan’s original name before his fall into sinful rebellion. And Scripture says of Satan’s ability to change his form in order to deceive people:
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14.
Lucifer deceived the first two humans created by offering knowledge and immortality – precisely what Lucy offers humanity in the film. The book of Isaiah details Satan’s original wicked aspirations that led to his fall:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. – Isaiah 14:12-15.
Lucifer’s desire was and continues to be to replace God. And his message of rebellion tries to lure mankind into the same foolish notion. In the film, Lucy attempts to show humanity the next step to knowledge, evolution and godhood. All without any concern for sin. In the film, Lucy coldly kills dozens (f not hundreds of people), many innocent bystanders, with no regret, remorse or empathy. Those who do not comply with her requests are shot and killed on the spot. When she is driving away from her enemies, cars carrying innocent people are hurled out of her way without a second thought. Her attitude sums up the evolutionary concept of “survival of the fittest.” As the superior “evolved” being, she does not need to worry about hurting inferiors. In her path to “godhood” Lucy sheds the remaining part of her conscience and values. Sin means nothing to her and nor does the Word of God. This is precisely where Satan wants to lead humanity. Do not be deceived.
The True Way To Immortality
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:53-57.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” – Jesus Christ, John 6:47.
There is a way to eternal life. And that way is Jesus Christ. Jesus emphasized He being the exclusive way to Heaven by saying “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me,” (John 14:6). Sin is what brought mortality to the human race. And no amount of knowledge or technology can remove it or cure it. For all of our advances, society is just as depraved, violent, full of hatred, greed and lust as it was two thousand years ago. Technology cannot correct the sin nature or our guilt before God. But Jesus Christ can provide forgiveness because even though He is God, He chose to lower Himself and become a man, giving His life on the cross, as a perfect, sinless sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world.
And this is how a person receives eternal life – by putting their faith and trust in Christ. And at the time of the rapture (referred to as “the resurrection” in the Bible), all those who believe in Jesus Christ, dead or alive, will be resurrected into new Divine bodies, that no longer have that sin nature. And those bodies are created to live forever. This is what the passage above from 1 Corinthians 15 means when it says: “for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”Jesus defeated death on the cross and a sinful person receives the gift of forgiveness by putting their faith and trust in Him, not themselves.
Lucy will no doubt be a summer blockbuster. And while millions of people go to watch it all over the world, Christians should pray that they will not fall victim to the false gospel of the Singularity and transhumanism. Hollywood continues to promote message that move people away from the Bible and much closer to Lucifer. And that road leads to damnation and hell. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to make people remember their sin, turn back to God for forgiveness and truly be immortal.