jesus texting on phone

If you could shoot Jesus a text, what would you say?

A new app promises a breakthrough way to interact with Christ: text message.

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Texting with Jesus (Courtesy image)

Built on AI-powered technology, “Text With Jesus” lets users “embark on a spiritual journey and engage in enlightening conversations with Jesus Christ,” giving users a direct digital pipeline to the son of God.

And the best part? He replies instantly – no more waiting around.

The app bills itself as “a divine connection in your pocket," and the technology has some people of faith excited by a groundbreaking new frontier of worship.

Others say that no matter how accurate the advice or message to the Bible's teachings, texting with a robot cannot replicate a real connection with Jesus.

What does this mean for the future of faith?

Robot Takeover: Church Edition

First there were AI religions. Then an AI Jesus streaming 24/7 on Twitch. Now, through the power of AI, you can text with Jesus whenever you’d like.

Is this what the future looks like? 

Users of the “Text With Jesus” app can message Jesus about anything they’d like. Career advice? Jesus has got you. Need help with a relationship? Just text Jesus. 

It’s not just the king of kings on the app, either.

You can hit up some 30 biblical figures and counting, from Joseph and Mary to the apostles (including Judas!) to a number of Old Testament prophets. Peter? Check. Moses? Yep. Adam and Eve? They may not have clothes, but now they can text you back. 

Texting with biblical characters
Users can communicate with a wide range of biblical characters, including Mary, Joseph, prophets, and the apostles – including Judas. (Courtesy image)

“The ability to ask questions and receive answers from a facsimile of Biblical figures adds a personal touch and contextual understanding that may elude casual readers,” explains Stéphane Peter, creator of the app.

He says the app offers Christians “a novel approach to exploring the Bible” and assures users that any messages from biblical figures will be rooted in scripture.

“The AI’s default ‘guideline’ is to respond to user inquiries using Bible quotes, keeping conversations rooted in Biblical context regardless of the topic,” says Peter.

“I understand that the concept of an AI Jesus may be disconcerting or even appear blasphemous to some… However, it is simply a tool to assist users in exploring theological questions in a more interactive and hopefully enjoyable way.”

The app insists that it’s not a replacement for prayer. Nevertheless, some are wondering if the allure and ease of such technology could indeed replace some aspects of day-to-day worship activities. 

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What would you ask Jesus?

Jesus on Line One

If the reaction to this app is anything like the AI Jesus streaming on Twitch that took the internet by storm earlier this summer, the creators should probably prepare for some criticism.

When that AI version of Jesus debuted, some people of faith were up in arms over the notion that chatting with an AI could replace a real relationship with God.

“One does not have to wonder what Jesus Christ would say about many of our most pressing moral questions. Nor does one have to have an AI version of Moses, the prophets or the apostles,” said American Family Association head Ed Vitagliano.

He says if you want Jesus’ advice, just read the Bible. It’s already there. And it’s worth noting that the developers insist this is not meant to be a replacement for prayer or reading scripture.

Still, others see the bright side in this technology. The task of separating young people from their phones (and getting them into church pews) has proven difficult, supporters note.

With an app that lives on their phones, "Text with Jesus" may be able to strengthen the faith of tech-focused Gen-Zers – and future generations to come.

What is your reaction? And what would you ask the AI version of these biblical figures? 

We’ve definitely got some questions for Judas.

47 comments

  1. John Robert Milner's Avatar John Robert Milner

    Talking with Jesus AI is a aberration! So if you want to talk to a computer and believe it’s Jesus go ahead, but not me!!!!

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      I wonder how different that is from talking to a wall, floor, or ceiling, under the impression your words are being picked up by an invisible deity that loves hiding away from everyone? 🤷🏼

      🦁❤️

      1. Cyril R. VanKeirsbelk's Avatar Cyril R. VanKeirsbelk

        How is it different? If I talk to Jesus facing a wall or other inanimate object the object does not impersonate Jesus and respond. The AI is a false prophet.

      2. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

        Wonder no longer lionheart. Just believe and you'll know. Or you can continue to choose disbelief and continue to live in wonder.

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          I did that "belief thing" with Santa Clause and look what happened when my brain started maturing, and logic and reason kicked in, and then, when it had fully matured, along came critical thought, and my religious belief structure totally caved in as well. Hang in there though, you'll get there eventually, we still love you. Most of us here have been where you currently are, so we understand. 🤗

          🦁♥️

  1. taycomama's Avatar taycomama

    It looks to me like a glorified version of the Magic 8-ball.

    1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

      But isn't the bible also?

      People have always read it to find what they're looking for.

      1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

        No, you can trust the bible. It's not random like the thoughts of a fool. The app, sure, that's like an 8 ball. My advice for the godless animals is to stick with the 8 ball, you don't need to think with it. You just keep flipping it till you get what you want.

        1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

          You mean you can trust the bible - and slaveholders can trust the bible, as slavery was biblically justified, and misogynists can trust the bible, as the current anti-abortion movement is biblically justified, and the list goes on and on.

          But you go on seeing what you want to in the bible. You can trust that.

          1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

            You've got slaves in China working for you. They're busy making your next tablet. When man makes slaves he keeps them forever. God instructed man to free his slaves after a number of years have passed. Will you follow God's law and stop buying electronics so our slave can be free? Will I? I wouldn't talk so loud about God and slaves. We're standing on thin ice when it comes to our treatment of fellow man. Let's not delve into the treatment our Chinese slaves get, it's a tad too depressing.
            Ps... You know you're a slave when you can't leave your house.

            1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

              Let me tell you how much I care for you SOJ. I care so much, that I'm not going to laugh at you.

              WHY are their slaves in China? It's simple. It's largely the same reason there are slaves anywhere today. It's the centerpiece of modern conservative economic ideology: Capitalism.

              What is capitalism? It's simple - your labor or your life, the going wage being the lowest the capitalists can get away with - and last I checked, you are using a computer too.

              Now - straighten me out. Tell me exactly what you think about that.

              1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

                I don't need to square you up Kenneth, you're right. Capitalism is why China enslaves and why Africa is plundered for lithium, today's gold and diamonds. I'm opposed to profit for profit's sake.

                Ain't that nice, we agree. :)

        2. Lori-Ann Neeb's Avatar Lori-Ann Neeb

          That is pretty much my thinking about the bible. It still has its place if having it inspires you to be a better person. Spiritualism does not depend on a book or church denomination. The only real dohma there is is love God, do good deeds, and go Home. So even if it is an inaccurate book, if it brings you closer to God, it has done it's job for you. That being the case, it is still a book published by a corrupt church in power at the time. They picked and chose what books to include then edited them even further until the product suited their agendas.
          If one wants anything close to accuracy, you have to consider all sources and sciences available today.
          Relying on the bible alone does very little in any situation. If all someone has is "the bible says..." for a reason for anything with nothing else to offer their argument will always be severely lacking.

        3. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

          YOU might trust the Bronze Age Goat Herders Guide to the Universe. To me that collection of thoughts by ignorant nomads is best described by Shakespeare in ‘Macbeth’…

          “… it is a tale, told by an idiot, foolish of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

  1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

    “ If you could shoot Jesus a text, what would you say?”

    The bible says you died for man’s sins. But you really only died for what was just a long weekend. What’s up with that?

    1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

      The fix was in, that's for sure.

  1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

    I LOVE this! It's about time the bible came into the 21st century, which is all this is. That's why people read the bible, right? To see what God says. Modern technology has taken the next logical step and now has a computer telling you what God says. That's the only change here.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    I LOVE IT. My AI self is taking to AI Jesus. And AI Jesus told me he hates if father.. Wished he had a mother, and want’s to know how to become a televangelist so he can out do the Mormons and the Catholics in wealth.

  1. Stacey Owens's Avatar Stacey Owens

    This is nothing but a substitute. A man made invention to trust in the works of the law of the flesh. Serving a machine to give hope. As it is written, hope that is seen is not hope.

  1. Stacey Owens's Avatar Stacey Owens

    God created man in His image and likeness. He formed a shadow to cover the image. He blessed the image He created, not the form. This is why He said, it is good. We must worship Jahovah in spirit and in truth (Jahovah). If someone doesn't believe in Jahovah, the image of Him that is in you can not recognise His self. The form only recognises the works of his flesh. He is not willing to be led by the image of Jahovah that is with in him. He is therefore living in unbelief. This is why God said to Adam, the day you eat of the knowledge of good and evil you will die: (he became seperated from God). Man became under the curse of the law of the flesh (the form). Christ knew his form (body) would be crusified. He fulfilled what Adam didn't, Jesus walked in the image of God. He knew he would live on without the form. Yet, living in them that believe.

    This is the Kingdom of God, your spirit. Flesh and blood can not enter the kingdom of God, but the spirit of man can.

    Deny your unbelief and enter into the kingdom of God. Your spirit (life) depends on it. Amen!

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Awe....bless you....religious indoctrination can be brutal. We are all here for you Stacey. Hang in there! ♥️🤗

      🦁♥️

  1. Maximillian Martin's Avatar Maximillian Martin

    An app for necromantic communications to a dead jew....LOL!!! What's next? Virtual circumcision?? LOL!!!!!!

  1. Bishop William Dusenberry, DD's Avatar Bishop William Dusenberry, DD

    It’s not the fodunks * who routinely pray to Jesus (and his fellow mythological creatures) without actually hearing an answer (from Jesus, or whomever) — the Christian fodunks* we should all worry about are the fodunks* who can actually hear his answers.

    Fodunk* select any adjective that fits.

    1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

      I've been answered.

      1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

        Did you know that Islamists who pray to the God of the Koran also have their prayers answered? And Hindus who pray to the Gods of the Vedas also have their prayers answered? It is a phenomenon seen in every religion, all over the world.

        Why do you suppose that is?

        1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

          Kenneth, You forgot witches, their stuff works too. I'm sure we've got a witch or two around here that will testify their mojo gets results.

          We know Jesus said the simple act of believing something affects reality. We don't need to believe in Jesus for that phenomenon to occur. Science has measured this though it doesn't know how or why, only that it's true.

          I don't want to be disparaging to other religions as to how or why their prayers can be effective. Two reasons in short, personal believe and an external supernatural force, same as a Christian.

          1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

            It's no mystery SOJ - it's because all beliefs except yours are "EVIL". Your religious instruction book tells you so - Just like most other religious instruction books.

            So you don't have to be disparaging - it's built right into your beliefs, just like most others.

      2. Bishop William Dusenberry, DD's Avatar Bishop William Dusenberry, DD

        Servantofjudgement — you responded to my post, which noted, that the rest of us, who don’t ever hear Jesus speaking to us, personally, should avoid those who do— because they’re often encountered by anyone visiting a mental institution.

        You inferred that Jesus answered you — but for clarification, this means Jesus might have answered one of your prayers —however there’s no indication that you actually heard Jesus’s voice.

        Please clear this up for your fellow posters, so that the rest of us, might be able to interact with you, accordingly.

        1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

          William,

          I've had plenty of prayers answered, a few were real longshots and one longshot prayer was instantly answered, that was a great day. As we know, or at least some of us know, we can hear things without hearing, feel without feeling, see without seeing and read without reading. For example, I really hear what you're saying here. I actually read you loud and clear even though I have no idea what you sound like. We can read faces even though our faces don't have words on them. Well, I guess it's cool nowadays to have face tattoos, sometimes words but I'm sure you hear what I'm layin' down. If I ask you for a wrench, you never verbally say anything and I find the wrench I needed where I need to use it, I can safely say you've answered my request. If I never get the wrench I asked you for and I do the job without it the hard way, I can safely say you answered me also, you declined my request. Im not sure how all this works for the animals reading me but for us humans its a pretty standard method of communication. We like to play with words quite a bit.

          I hope that clears up your foggy thoughts.

  1. Michael Burton's Avatar Michael Burton

    Thhis is all about nothing...no, wait, this is all about everything.

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    How sad that many can't unplug from their screens- even for God. The Bible must be taken as a whole. Slavery is no longer acceptable as it was in the past. Many things are no longer acceptable if you take it in context. This app is nothing more than someone's way of making money. How sad.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Yes, it's almost as bad as religions making tax-free money...right? Tele-evangelists love that cash cow.

      🦁❤️

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  1. Shepherd Daniel's Avatar Shepherd Daniel

    I would text Jesus to please come back. Everyone is misguided. The president and his people legalized molesting children, exposing them to sins against your creation. Sacrificing lives to push their agendas. Disrespecting the church and religion. The only one who is good is being criminalized. Even our church is misguided. Help us.

    1. Elizabeth Jane Erbe Wilcox's Avatar Elizabeth Jane Erbe Wilcox

      Please provide your references for your belief that the “president and his people legalized molesting children.” That’s one of the most insane comments I’ve ever read!

  1. Daniel Ginther's Avatar Daniel Ginther

    This is beyond stupid...More satanic lies to trick and fool Christians !

  1. Brandon Terry's Avatar Brandon Terry

    Peace be with you, fellow ministers!

    Aren’t we all supposed to be ministers? Yet the way some of you are talking to each other is quite disrespectful at best! We need to accept that each of us has different beliefs but we all have the same goal—to spread love to all!

    I was brought up Christian in a Pentecostal Church; however, I also craved to learn more about the religious sects that Christians seem to disrespect or even hate. When I was 14, I attended a Synagogue. When I grew older, I attended a JW Kingdom Hall.

    I’ve recently been guided to study the teachings of the Essenes, Pythagoreans, Cathars, etc. it is important that we seek the truth—but not from the words that have been misinterpreted when Constantine and his Council in Nicaea created the Roman-influenced Bible we know today, for even it says that we cannot trust the words of man in Jeremiah 17:5.

    If you are a believer in God, then you should know that the Creator is in every natural creation in all of existence. I do not agree with using AI to act like God, Jesus, or any other being. We need to remove ourselves from technology and go into nature. That is where God is!

    Also… I recently learned that God’s name isn’t Jehovah/Yahweh, for both of those names have meanings that represent an unholy creator. Je/Yah mean god (of) and hovah/weh mean calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, and wickedness.

    You can’t just take the words at face value. You have to remove yourself from the world of man. Study every other religion—old and current. Live peacefully with nature and the animals. This purely!

  1. Marchelle McGee's Avatar Marchelle McGee

    The world is going through what Revaluation says The world will get worse but know God by keeping in his words baptism and prayer

  1. Minister Raymond Butterworth's Avatar Minister Raymond Butterworth

    Have a little faith. God is there. Computers and ai etc is made by man and programmed by man. They'll lead to trouble by and by. Mans Direction always leads to trouble one way or another. God's direction leads to eternal salvation.

  1. Ellen B. Wentzel's Avatar Ellen B. Wentzel

    Communication with Jesus can come in any form. One just has to be aware. There is a reason for everything. It is just a name of where to text to get answers. How is that different than asking questions and reading the Bible.

  1. Russell J Macomber Jr's Avatar Russell J Macomber Jr

    I’ll find out when (hopefully) God wants me.

    Praise Him and Heaven above. Bless all hearts to open & enlighten their inner beings

    In Jesus’ name I Pray… Amen

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Thank you, Russell.

      I guess we’ll all truly find out one day if there really is a god, and if there is, we’ll find out which one it is. I quite like the female deities that mankind has created. Ganesha would be a blast, but I think I’d rather be on my knees worshipping a Goddess for eternity, than a guy god.

      That genocidal, and infantical Biblical one has a lot to answer for. I don’t favor that one at all.

      Wine, and Ale, deities sound fun.

      Does anyone else have any favorite(s) you’d like to worship, if there really is a god?

      🦁❤️

  1. Susan Christine Giganti's Avatar Susan Christine Giganti

    No, just no. AI driven religious advice disgusts me. People are meant to gather and speak to each other. Find a person to talk with if you don’t trust clergy. Who owns these apps and what do they do with the info and texts? Ewwww…

  1. Bishop William Dusenberry, DD's Avatar Bishop William Dusenberry, DD

    First; I’d determine if he (Jesus) really visited our Earth 2000 or so years ago, and ( as expected) he didn’t answer this question (most likely because he never existed) I told him that if he wouldn’t answer this question, I’d conclude that he couldn’t answer, because he never existed.

    Before I hit the “post comment” indicator, to post this comment, I asked Jesus once again if he ever really existed (either on this Earth, or anywhere else)?

    Not surprisingly, no response.

    Draw your conclusions in this regard, accordingly.

    1. Jesse Paul Timothy Casey's Avatar Jesse Paul Timothy Casey

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  1. Beth's Avatar Beth

    Sending a text to Jesus - or your other favorite Bible figures? How is this different than writing a letter to Santa Claus? Oh, the AI writes you back? Even when I was a kid, there were addresses you could send letters to Santa, where they'd send you a response!

    Grown ups and higher tech. Same story.

  1. Phillip Schorg 's Avatar Phillip Schorg 

    If the AI ap is searching and giving answers from the Bible then the answers are indeed the “word of God”. You can pray and ask all kinds of questions and find all the same answers in the Bible manually. Biblical verses are the word of God but prayer is communication. Any AI response is useless without prayer. I’m any case…if you asked a biblical scholar or your in resident priest or pastor, you’d most likely get the same response….think of it as a biblical tool and not a replacement for prayer, but a guidance and journey back to a personal relationship with Jesus!

  1. Robin Becker's Avatar Robin Becker

    Thank you the best laugh.

  1. Michael Wilkinson's Avatar Michael Wilkinson

    tried the app , no good prayer is the only way

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