// As sci-fi superstar Arthur C. Clarke put it, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” We’d regard representatives from a Type 5 civilization as angels and their leader as God… //
Or, to put it the other way, if we worship science as final authority, we would regard God and His angels as merely advanced technology, and that they have no moral demands that they can make on us. But, again, on what basis could we be free from those demands? Appeal to a higher principle? What principle? From where would it come? Only from our less-developed mind. Either way, we are morally subject to the highest beings.
That does not mean that there are no more-developed beings less than the highest that can trick us into accepting them as the highest. Even men can do that.
History is full of examples of men who claim to be God, and trick some into accepting them.
The Heaven’s Gate UFO suicide cult is another example. They listened to beings who told them that they had evolved into God, and that they could teach others how to do it.
“…their belief (was) that Applewhite was the Second Coming of Jesus Christ incarnate, and Nettles was the Heavenly Father.”
The Mormons also think that man can achieve the status of God by his own efforts, and does not need the righteousness of Christ imputed to him by God through the gift of faith alone.