The Mechanical Turk and God

Back in the late 18th century, a magical machine traveled the world, beating people at chess. It was called The Mechanical Turk. It was able to beat such people as Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin over the course of about 100 years.

But due to the sleuthing of such people as Edgar Allen Poe, it was discovered that the Mechanical Turk was a hoax.

turkInside the box under the chess board, was hiding one of a number of chess masters. By pushing levers, they were able to manipulate pieces on the board to win.

It was not a machine; it was a person making the decisions, much to the chagrin of an admiring public.

Mechanical Turks are now a reality. Deep Blue, the chess computer, famously knocked of chess Master Kasparov and everything changed. I can’t even beat the free Kindle chess app that often.

Mechanical Turks also have a home in Christian theology. Many people view the chess board as their life. They are seated with the turban on their head, doling out loss after loss to the world.

But, in the end, we know it’s God who is really pulling the levers. Although, to all appearances, I am making the choices, God is really the genius behind the scenes making me do everything I do.

This Mechanical Turk is the God of Calvinism/Fatalism/Predeterminism.

Others see God in the chair, making the moves, yet behind the scenes it’s just a person. We make the calls down here, behind the scenes, and God does our bidding.

This Mechanical Turk God takes many forms: from those who see God as a figment of our imagination, to Name it and Claim it Charismatics, to God owes me because of what I do legalists.

In reality, life isn’t at all like a Mechanical Turk. You are making the calls in your life, while God does what God said He would do. We are to listen to Him and make our choices.

You are responsible for what you do. The Bible says every person will be judged by their works. It says this a lot, it’s only a matter of looking it up in the Bible and accepting it.

If we are all judged for our works, this means we are the ones who did them and we are the ones responsible for them. God does not judge Himself for your works. God judges us for our works and He will do this.

As much as people would like to eliminate personal responsibility and blame God for everything we do, or assume God approves of all we do and makes it all work for our material benefit, neither approach will cut it on Judgment Day.

You will give an account for every deed done in the body. I’m pretty sure this means we should be careful what our bodies do. Don’t blame God. Don’t blame Satan. Don’t blame your parents. Deal with reality. Take responsibility.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.