Religion and technology

These two terms seem to contradict each other in a way. Yes, there are many churches which use technology for entertainment and for their music productions but in general, they don’t seem to really go together. The two don’t mesh well together. Smartphones and the apps which people use allow for reading the Bible or listening to it on a daily basis if we wish to.

But other than reading God’s Word, our technology tends to separate us from Him and from each other. We live in augmented reality because of our dependence or our addiction to technology. Not that we are living in a virtual world all of the time but when you combine the Internet and television and the games which we play online or on our phones, then we are not living in the real world.

Life is not in the virtual world. This “world” is made up of photons and data and programs which change our brains in subtle ways so that sometimes the “virtual world” seems more real than the real world itself. This is why the words spoken on social media which hurt our feelings can have such a dramatic effect on young people, causing some to take their lives because of “cyberbullying”.

Your life is more than that which is on social media sites, yet many people seem to base their whole life on the snippets of news and stories from their “friends” on these sites. God never intended for your life to be centered around the Internet and certainly not around virtual friends that most have never even met face to face.

Prior to the last thirty years, the Internet was only a part of research labs and the military and it was only used for those purposes. Now, there are all sorts of people using it for stealing money and blackmail and all sorts of criminal behavior which mostly can’t be traced back to the people doing these things. God loves all of humanity which is why He sent Jesus to pay the debt for all of our sins. Although many don’t accept Him as their Savior and many more don’t even believe that He existed at all, other than as a good teacher.

I pray that whoever reads this blog will seek Him out and pray to become a Christian because one day you won’t have that chance and you will be judged for your life outside of Jesus. Without Him, your eternity will be a true nightmare indeed.HomelessbutRich

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