Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
Today’s guest feature “I Blockchain, Therefor I Am” by Paige Donner for American Thinker is an excellent primer for anyone interested in the potential for computer technology called blockchain to become (or to continue to be) a vehicle to spread propaganda, re-write history, and lie.
Talk about the ghost in the machine!
To my topic today, here’s the takeaway:
“It’s not difficult to understand what’s going on here: “History is written by the victors.” It’s just that, now, in our digital age, those who would control the cryptographic keys and the blockchain platforms are claiming exclusive access not just to history and victory, but to Truth itself.”
Here’s a lead-in to the rest of Donner’s article:
“If you’re starting to feel like you’re in some kind of a live punk’d version of The Sting (the classic Robert Redford, Paul Newman film for our younger readers) then you are not alone. Put another way, those of you who are beginning to feel that we’re not only living in an “upside-down world,” as some conservative pundits are wont to say, but are living in a world that has fully become one big con job, divorced from truth, then join the crowd.
One of the active ingredients in this false construct of today’s fabricated reality is the notion that if it’s truthful it must be verified on the blockchain. For the uninitiated,
A blockchain is a growing list of records called blocks which are interconnected by utilizing cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a time stamp, and exchange information. Utilizing blockchain we can safely store information over the shared system, where everybody can see but can’t do any alteration. Blockchain will track all information trade called ledger and it uses a distributed system to verify every exchange.
In other words, blockchain consists of fixed bits of information that cannot be altered, that are connected to each other, and that can be verified by everyone. This verification leads to the concept that whether something is truthful can be measured by whether it is ‘verified’ on the blockchain. This of course begs two questions: Whether blockchain verifies the truth of those bits of information or merely their existence? And whether something that is not verified on the blockchain can still be verifiably truthful?” continue reading…
From my post of 2018 On “God’s Blockchain”: Getting to #Truth I offer commentary on the spiritual parallel: how God’s program is “encrypted,” you might say, in the biblical text.*
Talk about the Holy Spirit in the machine!
Here is the takeaway:
I have often heard it said by Bible scholars that if one had only a single page of Scripture, Old or New Testament, this or that version, small or large print, one could find at least one marker of God’s redemption plan there. A bit of His DNA, you might say, imprinted on each page of the narratives, poetry, and teachings. His cryptographic hash validation of the entirety, so to speak.
Of course this requires a serious–and lifelong–study of the text, as with any other field of education.
But for beginners, intermediates–or anybody searching for comprehension–there is an immediate way to discern.
From my lit teacher’s perch I encourage the seeker to read whatever scrap of Scripture one comes across in its unique context. Read it as a “link” to the rest of the text within which it is embedded.
In a previous post, I discussed how plucking a fragment of a Scripture and tweaking it for one’s own use can lead one into dangerous territory. But by reading the words in their context, especially by accessing the original languages (the Interlinear Bible is a great tool for this) important nuance is noted. As Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) once said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
I am also reminded of the following Scripture (cited from the Interlinear text):
For three there are bearing testimony in heaven the Father the Word and the Holy Spirit and these three one are” (1 John 5:7).
In this reminder, I view another validating concept when we are bombarded with this or that false christ, heretic, religious system, or what have you trying to veer us off course of truth, or just presenting confusion. It is this: Which “Jesus” is being presented? Does this “Jesus” match the same as revealed in the rest of the Scriptures? Is this “Jesus” the One validated by God, that day, at Jesus’ baptism by John: “And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7, ESV)? A little later at that same event, it is also recorded, “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him” (Matthew 3:16).*
Or is it some other?
This is a good research question with which to start.
No, it is the question.
Particularly if these are, indeed, those days where “At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.…” (Matthew 24:10-11, BSB).
Which reminds me of the strongest “#Truth validation” of all, aka the greatest commandment of all: love.
Of course, some find controversy in this concept, too.
But once a researcher starts following the verification path, nuance is revealed, artifacts of God’s love are deciphered, and a brand new (spiritual) blockchain of events can begin.
For the curious researcher, here is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 Interlinear version).
See what you might discover embedded there.
Post Script: the standard of Truth applied to any investigation helps discern the GIGO in all.
*To expand the analogy even further, God’ Word is also He Who came in the flesh, as in The Word Made Flesh. Here is extended commentary on that “encryption“.