The Virtual God
Time magazine once published a section devoted to the newest computer products. As I leafed through the latest gadgets and gizmos, I realized that the world and its technology was getting just beyond my grasp.
It seemed that all of the decade's advances that I so brashly accepted at one time when I was younger were getting harder and harder to keep up with. This discomfort led me to think about the effect that all of this new technology would have on my faith and I took courage in the following ideas:
1. God is the Source of Knowledge - Genesis 1:1
The one who created all things knows the potential of all things. We should see knowledge and the technology that comes from it as a blessing from God, a further insight into the wonder, complexity, and development of His initial design.
2. Proper Use is the Key - Genesis 2:16-17
The key in managing new discoveries is to find the usage that is in harmony with the rest of creation and God's will. With every advancement, there is always the possibility of abuse but this has always been the challenge and responsibility for beings who have been given free will.
3. Jesus Adapts - Colossians 3:16
Technology becomes outdated, but Jesus Christ remains. He has outlasted every bold "new world" for the simple reason that He is the Lord of creation (Colossians 1:16). This means that Jesus is the Lord of the internet and any other frontier that God will allow man to reach.
I'm still working on my ability to use today's technology. However, my simple faith in Jesus Christ will lead me beyond the "virtual" reality of this world to the "final" reality of heaven that will never change, and where keeping up will no longer be a problem.
- What is your personal comfort limit for modern communication technology? Why?
- Share and explain one way God has used technology in the past to grow His Kingdom.
- In your opinion, how has the church misused or neglected to use available technology?
- Are virtual church services, or exclusively virtual churches (only meet online) biblical? Why or why not?
- What do you think will be the next breakthrough in communication technology / social media and how do you think it will affect the church for good or bad?