We have a much different time to manage and a different culture to live through and in during the early part of the twenty-first century than our parents and grandparents did. Why is this time and the culture so different from that of thirty years ago?
Mainly because of the connected nature of our lives and the technology that has invaded our everyday life. Thirty years ago a computer in someone’s home was unheard of because it hadn’t been done yet. Cell phones were the dream of those who needed them. Other wonderful gadgets like the Kindle, the iPad, Android tablets may have been in the imaginings of a few but for the rest of the world, we had no idea about them nor any reason to need something which hadn’t been invented yet.
Today, we are a connected culture, an Internet culture and one which would have some major meltdowns if the ‘Net weren’t available. It seems that “alternate reality” is not just a catch phrase anymore, many people actually live there all day, every day. It is a scary thought.
Although, it is not just people who live there, whole databases and server’s full of documents and information are there too. Cloud based computing has come to us, though it hasn’t matured just yet. It is still in its childhood so to speak because you can’t always get to your stuff when you want to, access is available only when the ‘net allows it.
Yes, living in this sort of “advanced” culture is much different from the time that I grew up in during the seventies and there are some good points and a lot of bad points to go along with “Internet culture” as it is today. Property theft, both of identities and intellectual, is rampant in this other world. Then there are those who just like to disrupt our lives with computer code which causes more problems or adds to the problems that we already have, such as worms, viruses, Trojans, phishing, the list goes on and on.
The point of this is to say that the ‘net has not made our world safer or more efficient, although in some ways it has, but the mind of mankind in general has come up with ways to inflict all sorts of suffering even through this medium. Our lives could be so much more useful and pleasant if the element of evil had not spread to the Internet, but as soon as there was a way to infiltrate this area of influence this too exploded and there is no way of putting it back into its bottle.
Your life and mine are interconnected, not only by the ‘net but by the fact that we live here on Earth. Some of us live in places where there is little persecution or strife, but some live in constant fear and hunger. All of this is because of evil and evil is here because of pride. We are able to see this, if we will accept the validity of God’s Word. It is not a book of fairy tales and made up stories by men long ago, they were inspired by the Spirit of God to write the words so that we could have an instruction book for Life. The Internet has opened up the world for us and there are many truths on it, but there are also many more lies and half-truths. God’s Word helps us to figure out which ones are real and true and which one’s are not.
Read and pray that you can understand it and the confusion and the lies of this world will, maybe not go away but they will be bearable because you will have access to the Truth of the Living God. For a good starting point try John 3:1-18 and Romans 8:1-23. The reason that I didn’t give just one verse is because there is a context to the story and it is clearer and easier to understand when you read more of the chapter rather than picking out just one verse.
I pray for each person who reads this that God will open your heart and your mind to His Spirit of Truth.