If I can’t find a commentary that my main commentaries cover I seem to always find it in Matthew Henry’s commentary on Relight but sometimes I’ll just ask Bard “What does verse such and such mean?” and between the 3 drafts it provides, it usually helps me figure out what it probably means. It’s definitely not always accurate or very thorough, but it seems to be pretty good about 80% of the time.
Or maybe a verse references something from ancient times and I just want to know what it is - I’ll just ask and it seems to always know how to explain it simply. No ads to wade through on the internet, just quick answers. It remains to be seen how long before these AI chat bots are completely corrupted, heh! In some areas, they can make stuff up entirely. Like one time I asked it to tell me something obscure about an obscure Christian band, and I verified with some super fans that the info and quote it gave me was incorrect, even though it sounded true.
I think there should definitely one day be a Reformed AI chat bot that can answer people’s Bible questions from a purely Reformed view. Surprisingly, Bard is currently pretty Reformed in some areas! I mean, it knows what it is and how to explain many of the doctrines. It presents the other side too sometimes, but obviously those sides don’t make a lot of sense, and it seems maybe that AI bots may not know how to not make sense? I don’t think I’ll ever see it do the mental gymnastics of Leighton Flowers, for example.
I just asked Bard “If God is sovereign over all, does that mean he’s sovereign over man’s heart as well? Or is that the one area that is outside of God’s sovereignty?” This is not a good example of it being Reformed in some areas, but I can’t remember what I asked when it has surprised me. Anyway - to this, it answered:
"This is a difficult question to answer, as it involves the mystery of God’s sovereignty and human free will. The Bible teaches that God is sovereign over all things, including human hearts. However, it also teaches that humans have free will and are responsible for their own choices.
How can these two truths be reconciled? Some theologians believe that God’s sovereignty does not mean that he controls every detail of our lives. Instead, they believe that he works within the limits of our free will to bring about his purposes. Others believe that God does have complete control over our hearts, but that he chooses to respect our free will.
Ultimately, we cannot fully understand how God’s sovereignty and human free will work together. However, we can trust that God is good and that he has our best interests at heart. We can also trust that he will not force us to love him, but will instead respect our free will.
Here are some Bible verses that speak to this question:
Proverbs 16:9 - The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Jeremiah 10:23 - I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, nor is it in man who walks to direct his steps.
Romans 9:16 - So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
These verses teach us that God is sovereign over all things, but that he also respects our free will. We can trust that God will work in our lives for his good purposes, even when we don’t understand how he is doing it."