Monday, April 29, 2024

             I recently read a news report about a Christian organization that had developed an artificial intelligence (AI) priest that could forgive and absolve people of their sins through a virtual chat or confessional time.  This priest was given the name “Father Justin.”  Users could access the priest to learn more about the Bible, faith, forgiveness and how to become part of this particular Christian organization.  Initial reviews and users labeled the AI priest “creepy” and bizarre.  And rather quickly, the organization made some tweaks and modifications to “Father Justin.”   
            Thankfully, we do not have to turn to AI priests, online confessionals and virtual chats to experience real, lasting forgiveness from the Lord.  I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  This promise from the Bible is ironclad.  It will never fail or expire.  It does not cost us anything.  God forgives freely and fully.  We can be thankful that we have a real Savior and living Lord where we can turn to receive forgiveness, grace, hope and a second chance.  The forgiveness that we experience in Christ is real and lasting. 
            The presence of this online, AI priest reminds us that the enemy often turns to counterfeits and misleading tactics to draw us away from the one true Savior who died and rose again.  Satan has not had one original thought since the Garden of Eden where he first deceived Adam and Eve.  He simply copies, misrepresents and counterfeits the work of God.  We often wonder what we can trust today or whom we can trust.  We can certainly trust the Lord.  We can trust His Word.  We can trust His promises.  The only One who can forgive our sins stands ready to hear us when we call upon His name.  Be encouraged today by these words from Romans.  The Bible says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:9-13).
            Always remember to turn to the Lord in spirit, truth and reality when you need forgiveness, hope and a promise to cherish.  Shop online.  Bank online.  Enjoy your favorite music and movies online.  But turn to the Lord for hope, answers and faith.  Rest in the care, grace and love of the One who made you and gave His life for you.  Have a great Monday!  Remember you can worship any time at

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