Recently Google has had a hard time identifying Jesus. Google’s popular virtual assistant identified Allah and Buddha but not Jesus. “Google, who is Allah?” one Google user asked on a now-viral Facebook video. “According to Wikipedia, in Islamic theology God is the all-powerful, all knowing creator, sustainer, ordainer and judge of everything in existence,” the virtual assistant replied. But when she asked Google who Jesus Christ was, the devise replied, “Sorry, I don’t know how to help with that yet.” And when she asked who Jesus was, the device responded, “Sorry, I’m not sure how to help.”
“The reason the Google Assistant didn’t respond with information about ‘Who is Jesus’ or ‘Who is Jesus Christ’ wasn’t out of disrespect but instead to ensure respect,” Google said in a statement. Google also said that content from certain topics can be vulnerable to vandalism and spam. “We’re exploring different solutions and temporarily disabling these responses for religious figures on the Assistant” Google said. I wonder if Jesus is a threat to Google?
Imagine a sophisticated tech company such as Google not having information on the most significant person in human history, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who came and lived among us. We read in Hebrews 1:3, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Paul tells us, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…..For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Col 1:15 & 19).
How could Google be so ill informed about Jesus. For almost 2000 years it has been the settled conviction and belief of millions of followers that Jesus Christ, was indeed God in the flesh. You might not like this idea, you might not want to have Jesus influencing millions of devout followers, and you might even not like Christians. But to say we can’t help, can only mean one thing: “We want to get rid of Jesus and his influence.”
This is a striking example of what has happened so quickly in our culture. The public square is now influenced by strong voices in the dominant media who want to erase the influence of Jesus Christ from the affairs of our nation. Men, be warned. Don’t let yourself be like the frog who was in the pot with the fire burning underneath, slowly bringing it to a boil. The frog didn’t realize the great danger he was in, until it was to late.
Maybe Google has fixed this glitch in its “Google Home” smart speakers. Personally, I don’t buy the idea that this was an issue of respect. To ignore the influence of Jesus, while acknowledging Allah, is certainly showing disrespect to millions of very devout followers of Jesus all over the world. When I read of this incident, I thought of Paul’s warning to young Timothy, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and thing taught by demons” (I Tim 4:1) Later he describes the times in even more detail, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves…..rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” ( II Tim. 3:1 & 4-5).
Remember men, “The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoff at them” (Ps 2:4) Who? “The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One” (Ps 2:4). God says of Jesus, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill” (Ps 2:6). God will have the last laugh, not google.