Who Do You Trust?
Whether you are aware of it or not there is a war on for your trust. Who do you find trustworthy? Trust me is one of the most untrustworthy and abused statements one can make. Would you trust someone simply because they ask or tell you to trust them? Trust must be earned.
Technology developers are setting up an infrastructure of trust, outside of God, using physical design, natural language processing, and voice communication.
There is a clarion cry in opinion polls how society doesn’t trust disruptive technologies like robots coming for our jobs and driverless cars. We just do not trust this technological integration. This poses a barrier and great threat to those implementation of autonomous systems (AI).
Laws of Nature
In the Laws of Nature that God set up the natural world of animals have instinctive trust. The Laws of Nature operate within that balance of trust. Only man, with his or her ability for free-will, has the option to trust or not to trust.
It is comforting to know the sun will rise and night will come; the seasons will pass; birds will sing; flowers will bloom; normal variations will come with a few surprises. This predictability fosters trust.
In an ironic twist we are being conditioned to place our trust in those who have violated and hurt us. Many of us are blindly trust our government, medicine, technology and other institutions while at the same time we are being herded like goats to distance ourselves from real trusting relationships with our God, parents, children, and even friends. Trust is being exploited as you shall soon see.
In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman writes of the idea of “In Screen We Trust” and the vulnerabilities this trust builds into our interaction with our automation. This is highlighted in recent Iranian cyber-attack where experts believed or trusting their screens against mounting evidence that something else might be contributing to a systems failure. This one incident reveals how vulnerable we really are when it comes to trustworthiness.
What is Trust?
The word trust is used commonly, but what does it mean? Is there a spiritual dimension of trust?
Trust is the single most important ingredient in any true communication; it creates the fertile ground for all relationships. That doesn’t mean that the people we trust are perfect. What it means is that they are accountable. Trust is based not on perfection but on accountability.
Trust Takes Work
Trust is tool, a resource, an asset, a faculty of the soul. But it needs our work to uncover its power. Obviously, trust needs to be earned (and we can’t be naive and trust anyone that comes our way). But we also have to not be afraid to trust others (even if we have been hurt and our trust was violated in the past) and must make an effort and discover the power of trust in our souls. And when we find trust in our lives — when we learn to trust others and we when others can trust us — our lives are immeasurably improved, and trust can change the course of our destinies.
Beyond Positive Thinking
Trust is not just being at peace with any given situation because you believe in a Higher Power and His plan. Trust is actually the certainty that you can change destiny. When God created all of creation He declared that it was good or very good. Being created in the Image of God we need to emulate Him and not just “think good,” not merely use positive thinking. But that by thinking good “it will be good.”
Trust is the absolute conviction that goodness will prevail. This conviction comes from the innermost recesses of our souls.
Trust and Faith
The English word trust is an abstract that cannot be sensed by the five senses, but Hebrew is a concrete oriented language where each word is associated with something that can be sensed by one or more of the five senses. The word trust is used 134 times in the King James Version of the Bible. The word trust is found most often in the Book of Psalm and Book of Isaiah.
Chasah, .חסה means to lean upon.
The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust. Psalm 18:2
This word has the meaning of to lean on someone or something. I can attest that when my husband was killed, I was very thankful that I had God to lean upon during those early tough days. We can hope that we can lean on our friends and family for support as well, but as we enter darker days you may discover that they have become untrustworthy.
Additionally, people learn to trust their peers and subordinates once they have worked with them for a period of time. You learn what someone’s strengths and weaknesses are, what they can handle, and under what conditions they will struggle. This human dynamic does not translate to human-machine interaction.
Pea tendrils seeking something to cling to for support
Betach בטח means to cling.
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Psalm 56:4
Sometimes our problems appear to be overwhelming so too is a pumpkin growing upon a seemingly small vine. This pumpkin is nourished from the vine we may see (or perhaps not) that God is strengthening. Another visual are peas with tendrils that seek out and cling to support.
Yachal יחלל means to know, not hope, the salvation of the Lord and all of His promises, goodness and protection for us.
My righteousness [is] near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Isaiah 51:5
Trust implies the image of God's strong arm of support. You can know with absolute certainty that God's strength can save you.
Aman אמן is to be firm, no marshmallows or waffles allowed.
Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation Psalm 78:22
When a storm blows in, will your tent stakes firmly hold your tent as the tempest rages? At Farmers Market a few years back, I had just stepped away from my booth momentarily and witnessed an incredible faith lesson. A strong wind blew out of seemingly nowhere. One vendors tent (not firmly planted) went up into the air and cartwheeled over two vendor tents destroying them. The protective hand of the Lord sent the tent back into the air completely going over my tent with no harm, then landing on two more tents-destroying them before falling to the grass in a pile, utterly demolished. Thankfully nobody was hurt. This whole incident occurred in maybe one minute.
This word is the verb form of the word amen. When we say amen, we are literally saying I stand firm on this prayer.
Trusting the Gut
Image Mad Scientist Blog
Paul Scharre in his book Army of None describes an event that nearly led to a nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States.
On September 26, 1983, LTC Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet Officer serving in a bunker outside Moscow was alerted to a U.S. missile launch by a recently deployed space-based warning system. The Soviet Officer trusted his gut or experientially informed intuition, concluding that this was a false alarm.
His gut was right and the world was saved from an inadvertent nuclear exchange because this officer did not over trust the system. But is this the rule or an exception to how humans interact with technology?
Can We Over Trust?
The Army is exploring the possibility that soldiers and Leaders could over trust AI and robotic systems. Over trust of these systems could blunt human expertise, judgment, and intuitive thought critical battles in complex operational environments. Over trust might lead to vulnerabilities such as deception.
In 2016 a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed the results of a study entitled Overtrust of Robots in Emergency Evacuation Scenarios. The team put 42 test participants into a fire emergency with a robot responsible for escorting them to an emergency exit. As the robot passed obvious exits and got lost, 37 participants continued to follow the robot and an additional 2 stood with the robot and didn’t move towards either exit. Rather than establishing an appropriate level of trust with your robot teammates but provide for yourself and your loved ones a healthy spiritual distancing to keep yourself from becoming ensnared in eternal damnation.
Trouble with Trust?
Are you a person who says, "Everyone is guilty until proven innocent?" You have been wounded or hurt at some time in your life.
When you are having trust issues there are things that you can do to facilitate trust back into your lifestyle. You can overcome with the help of Jesus.
Go to the Bible which offers you guidance on relationships. It provides many examples of trustworthy situations and mistakes in trust.
Have a frank prayer with Jesus about your struggles with trust. Be honest. If you need to repent, do it. These are not the days to not be wishy-washy. Go to the person and try to repent and reconcile. If they refuse, give grace to them and to yourself, for you can only change yourself, not another person.
Go back in your mind to a time in your childhood before life kicked you in the teeth. Children trust naturally, it is only when they are taught not to trust that issue can become a problem.
Create a secure environment in your life to foster trust by making healthy choices for you in alignment with Scripture.
There is wisdom not to trust in hostile situations.
We do need to practice trust in our lives even when we are hurt and wounded. God provides the tools in His Word to begin to trust again. It begins with a relationship with Jesus and knowing that we all sin. Since we all sin we can have compassion, grace and mercy with the sins that others commit against us.
Our culture is building an appropriate level of trust to be integrated into leadership development and training. Mere expertise in a field does not prevent over trust when interacting with our robotic teammates.
The clouds of spiritual warfare are boiling up into the heavens. The technological experts want you to place your trust for the coming battles on their technology.
Because aerosolized nano particulates are degrading our mental cognition (ability to think) both long term and short-term we are going to be increasingly offered an earwig, and soon after, an embedded device as our AI Assistant, also known as an AI Angel.
We increasingly depend upon our screens and, in the future, our heads-up displays to translate the world around us. This translation is becoming more demanding on the future battlefield as the war against God machinates at lightning speed.
Secularists think of faith as a strategy for people who can’t think for themselves. "The fool believes everything," Solomon writes, "the wise man understands." However faith is an innate conviction, a perception of truth that transcends, rather than evades, reason. Wisdom, understanding and knowledge can further enhance true faith. But faith is not based upon reason.
Reason can help you better understand what you see, but it will have a hard time convincing you that you never saw it. So too, faith endures even when reason can't catch up.
Faith is thus concerned in the first place not with specific truths or with promises for the future, nor even with insights into the existence of a transcendent God. It begins by “going towards” the person of Jesus, and this “going” is often motivated by a thirst. Something is already secretly at work in the heart. It is already attracted to.
Test of Faith
When a person has a profound faith in any truth, he feels this truth to be part and parcel of his very own essence and being.
The litmus test would be a case of martyrdom. A person with sub-rational faith may or may not decide to give his life for his faith. A person with super-rational faith sees no choice—to deny his faith is to deny the quintessence of his being.
How to Secure Faith
Faith is innate within each us, yet it may be enhanced through study, experience and reason. Our faith does need nurture or it may not translate in our attitudes and actions. We need to study and contemplate the Word of God which will bring us to faith.
If you are curious about the nuances of faith check the famous Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11.
The word “trust” is used commonly, but what does it mean? Is there a spiritual dimension of trust?
Link & Unlink
Each letter, each word, each sentence, and each concept within Scripture conveys powerful messages to us. Unlike modern words that are changing their definitions in as little as every six weeks, biblical definitions do not change. They are indelibly written in stone, paper and within our heart. The Holy Spirit advised me to take note of the words link and unlink, back in 1975, at the time of the Asilomar 1 conference to genetically modify all life on earth.
As you can see from the powerpoint slide above from Asilomar II, the conference to accelerate geo-engineering the word unlink played a prominent role. Those warring against God wanted awe linked to technology. Their idea of a nightmare would be for us not to be awestruck at their great signs and wonders.
Fast forward to June 2018 and the theme of linking and unlinking came up again:
- Unlink human muscles and put onto machines (autonomous systems).
- Now, with AI, we are unlinking the intellect and putting it into AI.
Whether it is a muscle or your brain or your soul, anything that is not used atrophies. That means it withers and disappears. The Industrial Revolution was about getting us to buy into convenience and an easy life. People are loosing their jobs in droves and whether it is gaming, Netflix, or Virtual Reality those driving the war against God and Post Human Era are making a last minute attempt to seize your brain and your soul.
This morning I looked up how link and unlink are defined and Scripture. There was nothing, which caused me to pause for a moment or two. Then in typical Hebraic fashion I thought of concept-like words and a chain came to mind. That did not yield much, but it did lead me to the word fasten and unfasten. That yielded much good fruit!
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:9
We are God's Bride and He has joined with us, and we with Him. Satan through his tool technology is attempting to defile our marriage.
Now here is where it gets really interesting!
In the Hebrew, the concept of fasten is found in the following, and notice it can be positive or negative ( a dual purpose concept) and provides us with a model for what we should cling to and that we should shut our eyes to some things:
chazaq -- to be or grow firm or strong, strengthen
and the many forms of encouragement
taqa -- to thrust, clap, give a blow, blast
tsanach -- to descend
to cause light from above
taba -- to sink, sink down
drown or sink
kun -- to be firm
certainty, confirm, direct, faithfulness, fashion, fasten, firm, be fitted
nathan -- to give, put, set
... 1), enabled (1), entrust* (1), entrusted (2), entrusted* (1), establish (1), established (1), exchange (1), execute (1), executes
Now catch this! The word nathar means asunder, like in the old marriage vows. According to Brown-Driver-Briggs:
In the Pi'el Infinitive לְנַתֵּר בָּהֵן עַלהָֿאָרֶץ Leviticus 11:21 (P), to leap with them (i.e. its legs) upon the earth (of locust).
In the Hiph'el imperfect: וַיַּתֵּר גּוֺיִם Habakkuk 3:6 he (׳י) looked, and made nations start up. This technology is being driven by start up companies as the economy is shifted to the beast system.
achaz -- to grasp, take hold, take possession
... be affrighted, bar, catch, lay, take hold back, come upon, fasten, handle
tsamad -- to bind, join
... fasten, frame, join self. A primitive root; to link, ie Gird; figuratively, to serve
atsah -- to shut
To close (the eyes) -- shut.
- dabaq -- to cling, cleave, keep close
The Greek harmonizes the same concepts:
prospegnumi -- to fasten to (spec. to a cross)
to fasten to
hapto -- to fasten to, lay hold of
... to fasten to, lay hold, kindle, light ...
kathapto -- to lay hold of
... to lay hold of.
atenizo -- to look fixedly, gaze
... intently (2), looking intently (2). stare, fasten eyes, look steadfastly.
artemon -- something hung up or fastened, ie a foresail
Definition something hung up or fastened
seira -- chain.
... chain. a chain (as binding or drawing) -- chain.
epirapto -- to sew upon
... sew onto. to stitch upon, i.e. Fasten with the needle
deo -- to tie, bind
... to tie, bind. impel, compel; ...
proseloo -- to nail to
... to nail to.
pegnumi -- to make fast
... to make fast. pitch a tent
This is very much the same language as to trust including the allusion of Jesus sacrifice for us. If you look very closely you will see the romantic interplay of marriage between God, the Bridegroom, and His Bride, His child, spanning from the Beginning until the end of the whole counsel of God with trust as as one of the foundations for this relationship.
These are some dots which will appear random momentarily but will then make sense in a moment. Over a decade ago I was given the passage of Ezekiel 13 for many reasons, some of which I understood at the time, and others are making sense as this unfolds. One of the verses was perplexing:
And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? Ezekiel 13:18
God was very clear that He wanted clean seed, each unto its own kind. Tainted seed caused the world to be destroyed by the flood. I discovered that several of my biblical reference books on seeds were missing, and so I reordered them, because the issue of the seed will become more critical as the days proceed. Studying ancient belief systems can be challenging. So what do seeds and sewing have to do with one another? What I was about to embark to study was Kilayim or forbidden mixtures.
Imagine two pieces of different fabrics. If a seamstress sews a single through and through with a single through stitch the distinct fabrics remain well defined. With seeds we look at two seeds and if an insect bores through and through the two seeds remain distinct.
However, if you imagine two pieces of cloth and a seamstress unites the two pieces of fabric with a binding thread, the two fabrics act and move as one. For a seed, if the DNA of both seeds is commingled, then they become one. That was the concept of the original fusion centers, a single location that contained massive data.
When a seamstress sews the sleeves to the bodice of a garment there are typical three pieces she is working with, as the binds them into a garment, two side of the sleeve and one edge of the bodice.
King Solomon says in the Book of Ecclesiastes:
And though one may be overpowered, two can resist. Moreover, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
My prayer for you is that your third cord be the Lord God Almighty and not some demonic entity.
We are seeing this now as human and robot (autonomous system, AI) merge. Futurists want families to be machine made. It is now possible that robots and humans be able to have offspring. Scientists already have spermbots but have not been able to recreate the ova or egg of a woman, yet.
Military strategists are looking at intuition and judgment as a critical component of human-machine teaming for operating on the future battlefield. Speed accelerates to challenge humans so that they become the weak link.
But how does one earn trust? Trust is the single most important ingredient in any true communication; it creates the fertile ground for all relationships. What ingredients are necessary for trust to flourish? How do we gain trust? Can one love without trust? And how does one regain trust after it has been betrayed?
We need to dust off our Bibles and pray for wisdom on these matters before the Days of Trouble arrive. Many of us are already sustaining damages due to the technological societal upheaval. Be not dismayed. The Lord hears your cries, and He sees your tears, which He collects in His tear-bottle. He knows your pains. He will answer. Think of yourself as His precious gem that is being cut and polished for God's glory! Your faith and trust will help you to finish the race.
Trust will certainly NOT be found or fostered in the Trustworthiness Matrix that SMART cities are developing.
Trusting the Strategic Advantage
When it comes to are everyone wants to have the strategic advantage. The adversary will muster his formations with human-machine teaming, robotics, super-empowered entities, slaughter-bots and more.
We will come to the battle humbly, with a simple trust and faith in Jesus. His blood of salvation has the power to protect us in the Days of Trouble. And that my friends, is the ultimate strategic advantage. __________________________________________________
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