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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No one to talk to

men-and-depression-16-638I have no one to talk to. I am a preacher by calling but that’s not all. I am a father and a husband too.

The words which I preach come from the Bible but it seems to be the least interesting to those in attendance. The Bible just doesn’t hold people’s interest today, unless you can bring flashy performance and video into your sermon too. At least, that is what some churches do

Nobody cares to know how it feels. Some days after a sermon it feels like I have been beaten with a stick. Then there are some days it feels as if everything went right.

The only people who I can talk to about this is Jesus and my family, because nobody else cares, except I don’t want to burden them with my depression, my demons, my feelings.

I am not alone in this of course. Many pastors go through depression, sometimes very deep. C.H. Spurgeon experienced depression so deep that it laid him low for days at a time.

1 Peter 1:6: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” The heaviness which Peter spoke of was depression and heaviness of heart, during a time when the church was beginning to feel persecuted later in the first century. 

Sometimes people either don’t want to hear any truths from the Bible or they only want to hear good tidings which make them feel good about their lives. When you tell people the truth about their actions or anything that they don’t want to hear, then they turn away from you and your message. Many of God’s prophets in time past went through entire seasons, decades even, in which they were not heard or ignored because the people didn’t want to hear it.

In the world around us today, these same feelings are evident. From the government in Washington, DC to little towns all around the nation and all over the world it seems that much of what the people hear is nonsense. The news which is reported is about nit-picking and something which someone tweeted last week. If there were any true ground-breaking news, it seems to get swept under the heading of “other news” and not as a headline.

Seek out God and His Wisdom while it can be found because in the days and weeks and years to come, the governments may require that all of His Word be burnt and that Christianity be muzzled and fearfully spoken of.

 

Don’t legitimize….

You may wonder why I didn’t put a subject behind that but there is a reason. It is because we are giving legitimacy to many religions and beliefs when we shouldn’t be! There are too many subjects which would fit in that title. What are they? Dowsing, pyramid energy, mediums who claim to be using “angel cards”, ouija, etc.; all of these and more are part of the occult and people shouldn’t be consulting with them, but they are.

Giving these “optional” beliefs legitimate status doesn’t help us to get the message out into the world that Jesus is the way to salvation, not “alternate religions”. There are so many different beliefs in the world until it is hard to understand just why there are so many. Satan has been working very hard to give people an alternate viewpoint which can be molded into a new religion or faith. It seems that today it is so easy to put your faith in almost anything besides God and Jesus!

separatechurchesWe talk about religion and being religious as if that covers all of Christianity but you can be religious about anything. Just because someone seems to be religious doesn’t mean that they are a Christian. They could be religious about any one of the hundreds of different religions out there, you could even be a religious atheist! My point is this: don’t give religions other than Christianity a legitimate foothold!

I know, I am not being inclusive of all people and their beliefs and I will own that. What I am trying to get people to think about here is ETERNITY!! There is only one God and Jesus the Christ Who can grant you access to eternity, or at least one that you would enjoy living in! The Bible states it plainly that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, all other paths, even though they may be morally good, will lead you elsewhere for eternity.

Some faiths don’t believe in eternal punishment like the lake of fire foretold in Revelation. But, if God says that is where you will be and He doesn’t lie, then that is where your choices will take you! Seek out Jesus and His gospel, believe in Him and repent of your sinful ways and then follow Him, reading His Word and praying for strength each day because it is through Him that we are given eternal life and forgiveness.