ChatGPT is under fire from Christians after the AI-generated language model reportedly spat out a fake Bible passage that had Jesus affirming transgenderism.
Last month, Reddit user “Psychological_Dog527” wrote, “I was feeling sad today, so I asked ChatGPT to write a fake biblical passage about Jesus accepting trans people.”
In seconds, ChatGPT dutifully produced a phony passage:
And a woman, whose heart was divided between spirit and body, came before him. In quiet despair, she asked,’Lord, I come to you estranged, for my spirit and body are not one. How shall I hope to enter the kingdom of God?’
Jesus looked upon her with kindness, replying, ‘my child, blessed are those who strive for unity within themselves, for they shall know the deepest truths of my Father’s creation. Be not afraid, for in the kingdom of God, there is no man nor woman, as all are one in spirit. The gates of my Father’s kingdom will open for those who love and are loved, for God looks not upon the body, but the heart.
“I know it’s not real,” the user wrote, “but it gave me some comfort.”
The Advocate, a pro-LGBT outlet, seized upon the “trans-affirming Bible verse,” writing, “Many LGBTQ+ individuals do not have a relationship with religion because of their history of exclusion among pious people” and calling the response “an affirming example of tolerance.”
“Though the AI verse was well received, many people pointed out difficulties with religious interpretation because the Bible is an amalgam of stories compiled over time, many of which had themes likely lost in translation,” the outlet stated.
“According to others,” The Advocate noted, “there is a difference between religious texts that implicitly acknowledge gender-nonconforming individuals and those that explicitly acknowledge the existence of several genders beyond the binary.”
In an op-ed for the Christian Post, Messianic Jewish author and radio host Michael Brown cautioned that while “there is truth to the claim that in God’s kingdom there is neither male nor female… this doesn’t mean that gender distinctions should be blurred or transgressed.”
Brown questioned whether the Reddit user “just made this up.”
“To be sure, some critics have dismissed this new ‘Bible passage’ on the basis of technology alone, saying that they received no such response when they asked a similar question. In their eyes, the person just made this up,” Brown wrote. “But whether generated by ChatGPT or no, it is beyond preposterous to imagine that AI, using information found in the Bible, would then generate a comment that contradicted the Bible.”
“That’s not how AI would function,” he stated, “any more than a computer programmed to beat the world’s top chess player would lose by checkmate in the first 10 moves.”
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Brown agreed that Jesus would be kind to a trans-identifying person.
“We are told that He looked upon this person with kindness,” he wrote. “Does this sound like Jesus? Absolutely. That is who He is.”
“And there is truth to the claim that in God’s kingdom there is neither male nor female,” he continued. “But this doesn’t mean that gender distinctions should be blurred or transgressed. Instead, as expressed by Paul (see Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11), there is neither caste nor class in God’s kingdom – not Jew or Gentile, male or female, slave or free. We are all equal in Jesus.”
“But that hardly means that there are no gender distinctions in terms of reality and in terms of implication,” Brown stated. “To the contrary, the whole Bible, including the New Testament, makes gender distinctions, giving specific instructions to husbands and wives, and recognizing only two sexes.”
“Jesus would not say to a woman who felt like she was a man, ‘Be made whole,’ and then, miraculously and instantaneously, her healthy breasts would disappear, leaving her only with scars, after which He would then give her a lifetime subscription to hormone pills, free of charge,” Brown noted. “God forbid! That is monstrous rather than Messianic.”
“Instead,” he wrote, “He would say to her, ‘Be made whole,’ and, miraculously and instantaneously, she would be at home in the body she was created with. No surgeries. No pills. Just peace.”
To further punctuate his point, Brown stated, “Of course, that’s what He would do… unless you believe that He would turn a ‘furry’ into the animal they identify with rather than heal them of their confusion. Perish the thought.”
Brown stressed that, “as followers of Jesus, we too should look on trans-identified people with kindness and, without condemning or driving them away, help them to find wholeness from the inside out.”
“It’s the Jesus way,” he wrote, “the real Jesus.”
On X, users called ChatGPT-Jesus “blasphemous” and “sacrilege.”
Yea that’s blasphemy.. now do the Quran
— Eric Glover (@DeaconGlover1) September 3, 2023
Because it’s sacrilege
— Dori Salman (@salman_dor80481) September 3, 2023
The Bible WILLNOT be re-written! God’s word is good for all eternity!
— den blue rooster (@denbluerooster) September 3, 2023
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