What is Chat GPT?

I am usually not an avid trend follower, however I still could not overhear recent talks of Chat GPT and some excitement around it. In case you have not heard of Chat GPT yet, it is kind of an advanced chatbot. In chatpots you can type questions or statements and a “robot” alias computer system is answering and providing information based on predefined statements or logic. Chatbots are nowadays used by companies as it is a scalable and relatively low cost and easy accessible way to help customers in case of questions and redirect them to the correct support channel before an actual human gets involved. 

A christian colleague told me recently that she signed-up to Chat GPT and the answers sounded very human. She was really excited by the way Chat GPT interacted with her and she highly recommended it to me. So I went on to try it out myself

Asking ChatGPT about God and faith

After registering to the platform (more Infos on that further below), I entered a few questions around God and faith and also if those were tricky, the answers came promptly:

My question: How can I prove that God exists?

Answer from Chat GPT: “Proving the existence of God is a complex and controversial topic, as it involves philosophical, theological, and scientific arguments. Different people have different beliefs and perspectives on this topic. Here are a few arguments that have been presented throughout history:

  1. The Cosmological Argument: This argument states that everything in the universe has a cause, and that cause must also have a cause, and so on. Therefore, there must be a first cause that started everything. That first cause is God.
  2. The Teleological Argument: This argument, also known as the Argument from Design, states that the order and complexity in the universe could not have arisen by chance, but must have been created by an intelligent designer, which is God.
  3. The Moral Argument: This argument states that the existence of morality and the fact that humans have an innate sense of right and wrong suggests that there is a moral lawgiver, which is God.
  4. The Ontological Argument: This argument states that God is the greatest conceivable being, and if God did not exist, then we could conceive of an even greater being that does exist. Therefore, God must exist.

It is important to note that none of these arguments can definitively prove the existence of God to everyone’s satisfaction. Some people may find them convincing, while others may find them unconvincing. Ultimately, belief in God is a matter of faith and personal conviction.”

I was quite pleased with that answer. I was not even aware of the ontological argument and how I read it, it did not very convince me. Therefore I investigated a bit further. What I learned is in my own words: if one thinks that it is possible that God exists and God by definition is the most perfect being, then God must also exist as existence is an element of perfection. As with everything there are pros and cons to this logic. I do not want to judge here, but I still need to ponder a bit more on this. Good thing is, I already learned something new through Chat GPT, so it was worth it I guess. My next question:

How can I know that Jesus loves me?

“Knowing that Jesus loves you is a personal and subjective experience that can vary from person to person. However, here are a few ways that people have reported feeling Jesus’ love:

  1. Reading the Bible: The Bible contains many passages that describe Jesus’ love for humanity. Reading these passages and meditating on them can help people feel closer to Jesus and understand His love for them.
  2. Prayer: Prayer is a way to communicate with Jesus and ask for His guidance and love. Many people find that prayer helps them feel Jesus’ presence and love in their lives.
  3. Faith: Faith is an essential component of Christianity, and believing in Jesus’ love is a central part of that faith. Having faith in Jesus’ love can help people feel His presence and guidance in their lives.
  4. Acts of kindness and service: Jesus taught that serving others is a way to show love, and many people feel Jesus’ love when they engage in acts of kindness and service to others.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience of Jesus’ love is unique and personal. If you are seeking to feel Jesus’ love, it may be helpful to explore different spiritual practices and find what works best for you.”

As you can see, one can truly ask everything. Most answers are well structured in bullets, so quite easy to read and comprehend. The system also tries to keep them rather short.

I went on to check if it would give me some Bible quotes as well:

Where in the Bible can I read that God loves me?

“The Bible is full of passages that describe God’s love for humanity. Here are a few examples:

  1. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  2. Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  3. 1 John 4:16 – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
  4. Ephesians 2:4-5 – “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

These are just a few examples, but there are many more throughout the Bible that describe God’s love for humanity.”

So Bible quotes are easily possible. And then I asked a very tricky one – at least in my view. The answer came just as fast and well “thought-through”as the other questions:

What is the only true religion?

“As an AI language model, I cannot take sides or promote any particular religion over another. The concept of “the only true religion” is subjective and varies depending on individual beliefs, culture, and perspective. People have different religious beliefs, and it’s not my place to say which one is true or false.

It’s essential to respect everyone’s religious beliefs, and we should all strive to live in peace and harmony, regardless of our faith. It’s important to be tolerant and open-minded towards others, even if they hold different beliefs than our own. Ultimately, what matters most is that people find spiritual meaning and purpose in their lives, regardless of their religion.”

Interesting that it revealed that it is an AI language model. Also it sounds like this question was properly prepared, potentially by a human.

I tried a question from one of my articles that I have posted on the page. The answer is not as elaborate as mine but still a fair summary of the topic:

My question: “Did Jesus die on the cross and rise thereafter?

​​ChatGTP: ”The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are central events in Christian theology, and it is widely believed by Christians that Jesus did, in fact, die on the cross and rise thereafter. According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified by the Romans and buried in a tomb, but three days later, the tomb was found to be empty, and Jesus appeared to his disciples alive.

Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice to atone for the sins of humanity, and his resurrection demonstrated his victory over sin and death. This event is celebrated as Easter by Christians around the world and is considered one of the most important events in Christian history.

It’s worth noting that while the death and resurrection of Jesus are widely accepted among Christians, there are differing interpretations of the meaning and significance of these events. However, the general belief is that Jesus did indeed die on the cross and rise from the dead.”

And then a classical question:

What is the purpose in life?

“The purpose of life is a question that has puzzled humans for centuries. It is a deeply personal and subjective question that has different answers depending on individual beliefs and values. Here are a few possible answers:

  1. Personal fulfillment: For some people, the purpose of life is to find personal fulfillment and happiness. This might involve pursuing one’s passions, finding meaningful relationships, or achieving personal goals.
  2. Helping others: Many people find purpose in helping others and making a positive difference in the world. This could involve volunteering, donating to charity, or working in a service-oriented career.
  3. Spiritual growth: For some people, the purpose of life is to grow spiritually and deepen their relationship with a higher power or purpose. This might involve practicing a particular religion, meditation, or other spiritual practices.
  4. Making the world a better place: Some people believe that the purpose of life is to leave the world a better place than they found it. This could involve working towards social or environmental causes, creating art that inspires others, or leaving a positive impact on future generations.

Ultimately, the purpose of life is a personal question that each individual must answer for themselves. Some people find that their purpose changes throughout their life as their circumstances and priorities change.”

As Open AI and ChatGPT is evolving, all answers posted here could change over time. Answers might also be different if someone else asks.

Want to try it yourself? Here a few more insights and how you can access it

To use Chat GPT, you have to register to a platform called Open AI (AI stands for Artificial Intelligence). When signing-up I had to enter my E-mail, name and also my phone number. Especially entering the latter actually left me feeling a bit uncomfortable. I understand that if they want to personalize and improve answers over time you need to register somehow, but why would the chatbot need my phone number? It is in my view actually a bit scary as if they collect my information and all that I enter, I become quite a transparent person and a potential target for commercials which again is the ultimate goal on their side I assume. 

Once you are registered you get displayed a disclaimer. Well I do not fully remember it now but let me ask Chat GPT. Here goes the response:

As an AI language model, ChatGPT generates responses based on patterns and associations it has learned from vast amounts of text data. While it strives to provide accurate and helpful information, there are some important disclaimers to keep in mind when using ChatGPT:

  1. Information provided by ChatGPT is not intended to be professional advice. ChatGPT is a language model and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice or services.
  2. ChatGPT’s responses are generated based on patterns and associations it has learned from text data, which means they may not always be accurate or appropriate for your specific situation.
  3. ChatGPT may not have access to the most up-to-date or reliable information, particularly for rapidly evolving topics.
  4. ChatGPT may sometimes generate responses that are offensive or inappropriate. This is due to the fact that it has been trained on large amounts of unfiltered text data and may pick up on patterns or associations that are not suitable for all audiences.
  5. ChatGPT may not always understand the full context or intent of a question, leading to responses that are incomplete or misleading.

It’s always important to use your own judgement when using information from ChatGPT and to consult with a qualified professional when in doubt.”

If you are like me wondering what makes Chat GPT different to regular Chatbots – well, I asked Chat GPT and here the response I got:

“ChatGPT is different from traditional chatbots in a few ways.

Firstly, ChatGPT is a language model that has been trained on an enormous amount of text data using a deep learning algorithm. This training allows ChatGPT to understand the context and meaning behind words and phrases, and to generate responses that are more sophisticated and natural-sounding than those of traditional chatbots.

Secondly, traditional chatbots rely on pre-programmed rules and scripts to generate responses to user inputs. While this approach can be effective for simple interactions, it can be limiting in more complex situations. ChatGPT, on the other hand, generates responses based on its understanding of the input and the context, allowing it to handle a wider range of conversations.

Finally, ChatGPT has the ability to learn and improve over time as it interacts with users. This means that it can become more accurate and effective over time, whereas traditional chatbots are limited by their pre-programmed responses.”

Overall I find it was an interesting experience and I will try some more in the upcoming weeks.