Bible “Code” and the “IF/THEN” principle:, Programmers Life

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My colleague and I are coders (we write software programs). Lately, our efforts have been focused on artificial intelligence. AI programming has proved to be a fascinating journey. Studying how human intelligence works, exploring human behaviour and then mimicking cognitive processes in code is fascinating.
A key observation, at its core, is the basic unit of intelligence is the connection between any two things. In fact, the connection or nature of the relationship has much more influence than what we are actually joining. Human nature examines and draws information from these relationships.
We observe, examine and understand what is similar and what is distinct. We even create observations about our observations recognising how infinite things connect over time and patterns naturally emerge. By examining the relative strength of these connections we identify strongly versus weak and use them to determine rules versus options. Across a lifetime of experiences we create our model of the world, it gives us our internal voice, our unique take on the world around us.
Every branch in our connection web creates “IF/THEN” relationships, ‘if’ this ’then’ that scenarios creates data which then acts as a code. This pattern defines the cognitive process which occurs as cause and effect. The process repeats constantly and gets played out in every choice, decision or action we make.
Over a lifetime these patterns form our character, in fact, those patterns compound, build upon themselves and get knit together into becoming who we are, our identity. The “IF/THEN” process has a powerful influence on us. Recently, Pastor Randy Lee spoke about this in a sermon, more specifically the “IF/THEN” relationship in 2 Chronicles 7:14:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Whether or not someone believes what the Bible asserts there are clearly defined principles to be found in it’s pages regardless of belief. I myself am a believer and I write a lot of computer software. The practice of both makes for fascinating observations and discoveries. My current work in artificial intelligenceI requires a discipline for identifying patterns across a web of infinite relationships, then “learn” from those patterns and ultimately “take actions” on what is learned. The accuracy of actions taken is rooted and derived from the “IF/THEN” relationships formed from these connections, essentially becoming data that acts as a code.
This is how AI computers are able to self-improve, create new code and thus program themselves, constantly becoming more and more capable, accurate and useful over time. I am working on one program that allows a smart phone to take a picture of a spot on your skin and identify potential skin cancer. At first the results were very poor but overtime has “learned” to become as much as 95% accurate. The whole program is a recursive loop of “IF/THEN” process of connections that build over time of millions of pictures of skin spots. Experience is the teacher and we learn from each scenario we put into it. The accuracy of the results is only as good as the data, namely the if/then routines, we put into it.
The bible excerpt from 2 Chronicles touches on important “IF/THEN” principles any person will benefit from regardless of faith. Looking at it another way…“IF” we cast off arrogance and humble ourselves, commit ourselves to devoted, thoughtful consideration of our available options, seek out wise counsel and turn away from corrupt behavior and foolish choices, “THEN” God, as well as any others, will hear us, forgive us and experience restoration.
The “IF/THEN” scenario provided by 2 Chronicles will only provide in excellent results. The Bible is full of great “IF/THEN” principles. In fact, we can choose to be intentional about programming ourselves with good “code.” In turn we can achieve consistently excellent results.
John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Christians must study the bible daily, it is the “code” to achieve abundant life. Yes, we have free will but where are our choices leading us to? God’s word provides good “code,” essentially it is the way to program ourselves to achieve abundant life. Obedience to God is not a burden but rather offers freedom. Obedience is the simple choice to follow His way, a better way. It’s the remedy for what ails us. Disciplined Bible study is the way by which we intentionally program ourselves with good “code.” Daily programming of God’s “IF/THEN” connections charts our lives on a course of abundance, brings intimacy with Him and builds us stronger as a community. Sin is the opposite, it destroys and charts a perilous path, causes distance from Him and separates us from each other. To bear good fruit we must be connected to a good source.
John 15:4-5
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
God calls us to be lawless! Don’t be confused, we must not be lawless by the worlds standards, namely ignoring or breaking the law, but rather to operate in those things which are above any law. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit and bearing the fruits of that connection. “IF” you devote yourself to fruits of the Holy Spirit “THEN” your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. (ISA 58:8)
Tom Powell a.k.a Tigger
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