Last week I did a two-hour interview with the Light for Souls Ministry on The Unseen Realm. The ministry is out of Alberta (Edmonton). Both of the hosts had read the book, which allowed us to spend some time talking about the impact of the content, as opposed to rehearsing the content. I thought it was a good interview.
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If the deception is a reference to the “strong delusion” passage in 2 Thess 2:11, the text is clear that God sends that to “cement” the lost — sort of like how Pharoah hardened his heart and God also hardened it in judgment of Pharaoh.
If you are referring to the “falling away” (apostasia), then that is about people who forsake their profession in Jesus (you can’t “apostasize FROM error, only from truth).
I think modern/postmodern ideas (and realities) relating to transhumanism, for example, could play roles in both situations. I can think of ways it could, anyway, as it’s easily marketed as fulfilling a divine destiny and deification/glorification — “God wants that for people, doesn’t he? He wants the world to be like Eden, doesn’t he? You wrote about all that, Mike.” Yes, I did. And yes, God will transform *believer* to be like Jesus. But God has his own plans for doing so, and those plans are inseparable from loyalty to Christ as messiah. And God doesn’t need technology to fulfill his plan. So the real question is why we’d assume we can or should do God’s job for him.
It would be easy to market a whole host of postmodern ideas to unbelievers and believers (… wait… I think that’s already happening).