Transhumanist Holy Week: Palm Sunday
IMAGE: PHOTO OF JESUS PAINTING
This Palm Sunday our hearts and minds turn to Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Crowds treated his entrance into Jerusalem as that of a King – entering on a donkey as a token of peace. In that age’s Messianic culture, this was largely seen as political potential: a Messiah to throw off the subjugation to the Romans to fulfill prophecy. Jesus would define a new kind of Kingdom. On Palm Sunday, many enact, symbolically, this entrance by the use of palm fronds representing this spirit of victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life reflecting on Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom of God.
The Mormon Transhumanist Association affirms that “We believe that scientific knowledge and technological power are among the means ordained of God to enable such exaltation, including realization of diverse prophetic visions of transfiguration, immortality, resurrection, renewal of this world, and the discovery and creation of worlds without end.” On Palm Sunday, as we reflect on Jesus' triumph over death and sin, we also reflect on the triumphs of our tools and technologies which make us participants in and recipients of this triumph. Many of these tools and technologies have typified the works of Jesus as they allow us to help the crippled walk, the deaf hear, the mute speak, the blind see, the fever be rebuked, and even resuscitate the dead. We welcome all technology which comes in peace, triumphant, and able to help establish God’s Kingdom on earth.