I realized that during the course of our discussion, we had not been providing a whole lot in the way of proof to support our opinions. I have done a little bit of research on our topic since then, discussed it with some people, and now I want to share my findings along with some definitions from the bible per your request. I am not sure if you are still interested in this conversation, but I wanted to wrap up my opinion before I left this topic.
First off, I will mention that not every sin is outlined in the bible. You won't find “Neuralink is right/wrong” written anywhere in the bible. The ten commandments do include every sin, though not pointedly. Using the ten commandments and the human conscience, and with the Holy Spirit to guide us, this is how we can determine right from wrong. I believe the question is, “When does the advancement of technology cross the line?” First, I will answer your questions from your last post, then I will move on to other parts of our debate.
Spirits and Souls
Genesis 2:7 = “and the lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (KJV)
The soul is the same as the mind. The human mind is the spiritual manifestation of the human brain. Reason and rationalism comes from the mind. Humans and animals have souls, but only humans can have spirits. It is not possible for man to create anything, much less a mind or a soul.
I am not worried that people will reach God-level because, yes, it's impossible. What I am “worried” (concerned, rather) about is what people are worshiping, or putting first in their life. If they are trying to surpass God, then their focus is on themselves. It is dishonoring to God to try to be Him (Satan tried). The tower of Babel is a good biblical example of man trying to be on the same level as God. Look what God did to them.
Trying to be perfect
We should always try to do the best we can, in everything we do. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
The only way it would be wrong to try to make something perfect, is if we are trying to prove we can reach God-level (like I mentioned above). As stated in Ecclesiastes 9:10, we should always strive to do our best, but we must understand that we are a fallen creation and will not be perfect until God returns to redeem us.
At one point we were talking about apps giving people control over shutting shades, adjusting room temperature, controlling lights and the like. To which you replied,
Nothing. There is nothing wrong with practicality. It may get a little boring at times, but otherwise, the only possible problem would be your definition of practical. Regarding app control of the three things I mentioned—shades, temperature and lights, these would be practical in certain larger households, and households of elderly or disabled who can't get around easily. Control of these functions would also be useful in large businesses and commercial buildings. What frustrates me, is when people who are perfectly capable of walking ten steps to the thermostat, choose to stick to their couch and rely on their phone. (which I would consider an idol nowadays, but that is another debate.)
Technology cannot improve our spiritual condition or reduce our sin. Only God can eliminate our sin. By becoming closer to Him in spirit, we will be able to work with the spirit to reduce our sin, and He will wash away our sins. (Granted, we will continue to mess up, so we will need continual forgiveness and cleansing.)
I understand you are speaking of physical things, but this is a spiritual matter. Our spirits are fallen and we deal with the results of our sin physically. Praising God humbles us and brings us closer to Him spiritually, and the closer we are to Him spiritually, the closer we are to perfection. Only God can perfect us. Therefore, the best way to help unbelievers work towards perfection is to teach them about Jesus Christ and preach the Gospel to them.
Everything is twisted with sin
All of God's creation is under a curse because of the fall. However, God's word cannot be misused. It can be misquoted, but then it isn't even His word.
“Throwing the bible out the window”
Hm, I could have worded that differently. What I meant was, man should not try to alter our minds and bodies beyond what God has designed. It is dishonoring to God and a sin. We “broke” ourselves when we sinned. We cannot “fix” ourselves, but there will be a time when God comes again and will eliminate all sin and give His followers new bodies. In the meantime, it is not our place to try and save ourselves. And if God promised He would eliminate all sin in His time (which is perfect), why should we try to perfect ourselves before then? There are some areas where we can help each other. We know what human capabilities are, and we can help with disabilities. But when man tries to go beyond those boundaries by attempting to alter God's design, then man is playing God.
You said Neuralink was:
When in fact, it is actually an idea. Neuro meaning related to the nervous system (i.e. the brain), and link which expresses the concept of linking the brain with “An integrated brain-machine interface platform with thousands of channels.” I am not convinced Neuralink is biblical. So far, it looks as if what Neuralink has in mind (haha) is beyond what God designed. Also, if man makes a super-mind, who is he going to look to for strength? Himself?
Trying to eliminate the curse of sin and be God is a sin. Nothing of this world can improve on this fallen creation. Trying to fix ourselves is a waste of time, we cannot be our own saviors. Learn science for the right reasons and have faith that God will save His people as He said He would.
Through science, we are to learn about God's design to get to know our Creator better and to glorify Him. If we aren't doing that, then we are focusing on the wrong goal.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. ~Philippians 3:20-21