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What Does the Bible Say About AI?

What Does the Bible Say About AI?


God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

The Bible, while not directly addressing artificial intelligence (AI), provides foundational principles about God’s sovereignty and human responsibility that are applicable. According to Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,” which includes all creations and innovations, like AI. This acknowledges God’s ultimate authority over all aspects of existence, including technological advancements.

Human responsibility in the stewardship of creation is highlighted in Genesis 1:28, where God commands humans to “fill the earth and subdue it.” This mandate implies a responsible use of all resources and innovations, including AI, ensuring they align with God’s purposes and designs.

In the context of AI, this dual concept of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility invites a balanced approach. It suggests that while humans have the capability and responsibility to develop and use technology, this should be done with an acknowledgment of God’s overarching authority and the ethical boundaries set by Him.


Use of AI to Glorify God

The Bible encourages believers to use every aspect of life to glorify God, as stated in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” This principle can be extended to the development and utilization of AI. Technologies like AI should be designed and employed in ways that reflect God’s character and purposes, such as advancing truth, promoting justice, and serving others.

AI has the potential to greatly benefit humanity in areas like healthcare, environmental stewardship, and education. These positive uses align with biblical principles like loving one’s neighbor (Mark 12:31) and caring for the less fortunate (Proverbs 19:17).

Ethical Considerations and AI

Ethical considerations surrounding AI can be guided by biblical principles. For example, the value of human life, as expressed in Genesis 1:27 (“So God created mankind in his own image”), should inform how AI is used in areas like medicine or warfare. The intrinsic value of human life should always be a primary consideration, preventing the misuse of AI in ways that could devalue or endanger human beings.

The biblical concept of truth, as seen in John 8:32 (“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”), also has implications for AI. This underscores the importance of using AI in a manner that promotes truth and integrity, avoiding manipulations or deceptions often possible through advanced technologies.

Caution Against Idolatry

The Bible warns against idolatry, the act of valuing something more highly than God. In Exodus 20:3-4, God commands, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image…” In the context of AI, this warns against placing technology, or the pursuit of it, above God in terms of importance or trust.

There is a risk of humans becoming overly reliant on or even worshipful of AI, especially as it becomes more advanced. This could lead to a form of modern idolatry, where trust is placed in technology rather than in God. Christians are therefore called to be vigilant, ensuring that their use and view of AI remain subordinate to their faith and trust in God.


While AI is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, its principles provide guidance on how to approach this and other modern technologies. The key lies in recognizing God’s sovereignty, utilizing AI responsibly to glorify God and benefit humanity, adhering to biblical ethics, and avoiding idolatry.

Read More

  1. “The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity” by Jason Thacker – Thacker offers a Christian perspective on AI, discussing its potential impact on society and ethical considerations from a biblical viewpoint.

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