Step by step we’re progressing toward the mark of the beast. With each small technological improvement, we’re subtly being sold on the increased convenience and improved safety of new upgrades and expanded use, so that we never recognize a giant leap from past to future. It’s all coming about naturally, with improvements so small that they aren’t threatening. But what’s really happening is that we’re being directed to accept something we never would have agreed to in the beginning, before technology became such a fixture of everyday life.
Researchers are going in more than one direction in their quest to develop the most effective way to influence or control thought. Under the cover of health benefits for those with Alzheimer’s, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), or other problems with memory they are simultaneously exploring physical means to manipulate thought and memory through deep brain stimulation and implants, and more natural means by seeking to understand how memory works. But however innocuous or even helpful this research may appear, eventually it will be used to interfere with free will, something that defines man as a being made in God’s image.