Today with the blitz of technology from every direction through television, computer, smartphone and even in the near future Google Glass it is enough to overwhelm the senses of every man woman and child who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Technology provides tools to help us better live our lives but when is it too much? For the Christian, does it help us with life issues or are we really letting someone do the thinking for us?
Many Churches who lay claim to the teachings of Jesus Christ have adapted or even embraced technology with all of its complexity for better or worse. In an effort to make their presentations cool and hip for the younger crowd, they may fail to recognize the inherent dangers of copying what the world does and how our world goes. Churches or ones so-called are taking in more than the technology but the world’s teachings, turning a church into impersonal video screen campus gatherings and a virtual hotbed for who I see as money making scheming false teachers. Adding to the danger the darker side of technology is the information overload and it can be an incessant distraction to what is real, what is really important. I fear we are losing our youth in a tsunami of information, and we are at real risk of our children being swept away! Many children and adults have lost their way – and left their first love Jesus Christ as result!
Reader, I write you as one who has been only a technology user his whole life, a geek from childhood growing up with this technological revolution, and if not for a God who sought me out I would be forever lost! My warning, my call to you is this – Stop! Look! You have strayed from the narrow path, the one that leads to Heaven! If you are in Christ you know what I am saying, but if you are not I assure you I am no fool on a fool’s errand. Please hear me out!
We have lost something dear Christian! And to you that do not know Jesus, let me tell you. I plead for a minute of your time! The simplicity, the true path of Jesus Christ! STOP! LOOK and LISTEN! Break away from ALL techie distractions! I will try by God’s grace to reach you, but I can do nothing without prayer. It is by God not of me. I do not ask for your money, only your time – that is true religion, true ministry! It is your SOUL, your VERY BEING that I am reaching out from heart to heart, without ANY thought to who you are because the ONE I serve did the SAME for me!
Do I have your attention!? Is your mind now focused on what I am saying?
There are many ways I can say what I am going to say, but in the end there is only one way, one path and I promise it is simple, straight up and to the point – it can and will change your life but you decide.
Science Fiction OR Science of Fiction?
The 1997 science fiction movie Contact gives some intellectual and philosophical quips that point out just how very small our planet Earth really is. Yes, attempting to show we are not alone in this large universe of millions of galaxies each made up of billions of stars of what appears to be of infinite size is nothing new for science fiction. In Contact, the comment made by actress Jodie Foster posing as an astrophysicist doctor Ellie Arroway stated at one point,
“So what’s more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn’t exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn’t have to feel so small and alone?”
“You know, there are four hundred billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If only one out of a million of those had planets, and just of out of a million of those had life, and just one out of a million of those had intelligent life; there would be literally millions of civilizations out there.” Actor Matthew McConaughey playing a so called emergent Pastor Palmer Joss responded: [looking at the night sky] Well, if there wasn’t, it’ll be an awful waste of space.
This is not an endorsement of Contact, but me, addressing some interesting points the movie makes about our perception of the universe we live. Sadly, Contact leaves you with empty open-ended answers as to where we put our faith about the universe and even questions if that answer is true or false.
A Christian believes God made the universe and everything therein. The non-Christian for the sake of debate, as in the movie Contact presents an opposing view denying God, and posits everything evolving over billions of years. But perhaps, just perhaps, we are not alone in this universe.
I present this question to any non-believer: Perhaps if you thought for a minute that there is as the movie Contact as stated, “…an all-powerful, mysterious God created the universe…” and he did decide to give proof of his existence, what ways might he have communicated to us? Obviously not by our 21st century inventions but what way if there is a God out there who made it all including you and me – what would he have done?
Look up at the night sky, look down into a microscope, look at life itself and the planet on which you exist. You are alive, you can read or listen and you can communicate numerous ways through speech, written language and even through nonverbal actions. You are not a rock in the backyard or an unreasoning animal, you can think. So how might have God communicated with His creation?
Think about the cliché “can’t see the forest for the trees.” Since you can reason, and if you do so objectively, the honest answer is God could be communicating truth to us through creation itself. We do not grasp the enormity of the universe, and almost every day more discoveries are being made of the beauty of it. We cannot take a full view of it–there’s no full screen mode you can switch to like a computer. It is only from our view, from a planet which we know is just one tiny infinitesimal clip like a computer screen at a moment in time. We are extremely limited by our perception of everything around us. This is only part of the reason why I believe the evidence is clear, there is too much to say this existence is by chance, the probabilities are off the charts! To deny there is a God out there is to deny what is staring you in the face.
Please consider this, what’s the point of creating it if not to share it? If what I am saying is true consider how intricate, complex, beautiful and infinite the universe is. Look at yourself, how you are put together (even though these bodies will one day fail us) what’s the point of living if there is nothing more to life?
The answer is simple. God had a plan for everything from the beginning, before recorded history! He made it all unique. He communicated true love by creating us in His image! We are all created equal before Him, but now is the time to wake up. We can take nothing with us when we die. We come into these bodies at birth then one day we’ll die, leaving this world behind, whether you are rich or poor, and no matter who you are. So is there a possibility of life on these other planets our science is alleging to have discovered or is it more likely since there is no empirical evidence to prove otherwise?
Now I posit, God the one who made it all, including you and me actually cared for and loved His creation – how might He let us know? The Bible among other books out in the world claim to have the answer but the Bible stands apart from other religions and remarkably can be shown to be geologically, and historically accurate stretching back over thousands of years. No other book or written work compares with an account of creation and actually lifts up the concept that there REALLY is a God out there who cares for each of us and that He DID communicate and CONTINUES to communicate with us today through the written Words of the Bible and the gift of His only Son Jesus Christ.
The Bible introduces us to God, our maker who is three in one; God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible gives the whole plan for His creation, and something else I promised to reveal earlier, it is something we cannot do for ourselves – salvation from death and a place called Hell! Many churches have forgotten the way of the Bible thinking they can do God a favor with their own ideas of how to please Him. There is only one way, John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Through Jesus alone is the way to God, there is no other way – Why, you ask, can there not be another way?
Look at your technology for example. If you put only one password on a device, how far will you get entering the wrong password unless you change it? Take that further, I give you the password but you still enter something else – where did that get you? Simplicity is at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because God wanted none to perish but come unto eternal life with Him! God the creator of the universe GAVE us the way, in essence, He gave each of us the password but many deny it even when we know it to be true. So many want to do things their way and live in their sin and misery then die and face an eternal horror called Hell – when God’s way offers so much, including immeasurable things that only you can experience in peace and joy making you whole, fulfilling your life’s purpose with great and fantastic hope and faith of a bright future with God himself!
For me knowing God through my Savior Jesus Christ goes beyond the words I read, the assurance of my salvation overrides my emotions – that knowledge empowers my very being which furthers my joy of life in Him! Words can only begin to express how great a salvation God gave the believer of Jesus Christ His Son! Put that in perspective of where your faith lives, how very, very, very small we really are in this moment in time and space – that the Creator God of THE UNIVERSE has reached out His hand by way of His only Son to you! Yes, even you! How can you say no!?
Do you want to know more?