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    Technology and God!

    Hey, everyone! I just got out of my Journalism class about an hour ago. Whew! The chapter we’re covering is on the Internet, and the advancement in technology (and boy is it advancing). The line between physical reality and virtual reality is becoming blurred!

    Kids are spending more hours in front of the screen than they are playing in the schoolyard. People are going to coffee shops to log in, not chat together. And not only are we tethered to our computers, we’re turning into them!

    Take, for example, a chip that can be implanted in your wrist. It holds not only your credit card data, but it can identify a human being and their personal information with one swipe of the arm (it’s already in use in Asia!).

    My boyfriend attended the TED conference last year and one of the speakers talked about the evolution of the “techno-sapien” – a physical person who is essentially half-machine, half technology.

    Think it sounds ridiculous? Well…it is! The more digitized we become, the more disconnected we are from one another. And this causes us to be more disconnected from what is holy about ourselves: Our relationship with God.

    And this scares me. We can’t let our reliance on technology distract us from the most basic need to turn to God. But on the other hand, we can’t let our belief in God scare us away from all that’s wonderful about science and technology!

    I want to share the following from a fantastic book I’m reading by Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief:

    In the twenty-first century, in an increasingly technological society, a battle is raging for the hearts and minds of humanity. Many materialists, noting triumphantly the advances of science in filling the gaps of our understanding of nature, announce that belief in God is an outmoded superstition, and that we would be better off admitting that and moving on. Many believers in God, convinced that the truth they derive from spiritual introspection is of more enduring value than truths from other sources, see the advances in science and technology as dangerous and untrustworthy. Positions are hardening. Voices are becoming more shrill.

    Will we turn our backs on science because it is perceived as a threat to God, abandoning all of the promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind? Alternatively, will we turn our backs on faith, concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longer necessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now be replaced by engravings of the double helix on our alters?

    Both of these choices are profoundly dangerous. Both deny truth. Both will diminish the nobility of humankind. Both will be devastating to our future. And both are unnecessary. The God of The Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate, and beautiful-and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.

    I end this note with taking a step back. I want to truly look at this world – which is quickly becoming digital – and ask myself: Why am I here?

    I believe I’m here, using technology, to help guide people closer to God. Science, technology and the Divine do NOT have to be mutually exclusive! My purpose is to take the Internet and social media and use them to help you find your own best self.

    Remember that you are God’s child. You are here for a bigger purpose, something greater than what you can even imagine…if you just seek him out.

    Nicole
    Nicole
    Nicole Weider is a Salem, Oregon native who moved to Los Angeles and quickly found success as a fashion model at the age of 17. Today, Nicole is an active wife, mom, producer, actress and author and has made it her mission to share her personal story, the bright moments and the challenges, with young women around the world.

    20 COMMENTS

    1. I personally agree everything you wrote in this article.
      I use my ipod touch 4g 24/7 even at night, and I always tell my self to pray before I fall asleep. But guess what? I don’t.
      I need major help on getting my faith back. I’m losing faith in Jesus and wants to gain more faith! ♥ I LOVE JESUS. He’s my one and only. Without him, I’ll be nothing.

      • I know how you feel. I was the same with my computer, even now if I have to choose between going on the internet and reading the bible I will most likely choose the internet. My suggestion: pray about it. I come from a christian family, but I became a christian only a few months ago. Before that I never really prayed, but when I started praying, at first I had to force myself to, but after a while it became a habit and I almost can’t go without it. I was amazed at the power of prayer at first, but it just shows how powerful and mighty and amazing God is, and that you just need to pray and ask for his help 🙂

    2. As an engineer I see everyday people putting too much faith in technology and science – it give us the illusion of control. I believe God created everything, including the laws of physics and perhaps even the logic that governs the process of evolution, and science is merely the process by which we discover God’s incredible creation.

      Saying science and technology is bad because it make people turn their backs on God is like blaming the telephone company for telephone solicitors.

      Technology makes everything easier, safer and more convenient – but it has no moral compass and that’s why we will always need faith in God.

    3. I agree with it all, we should be careful with everything. Personally, I’m definitely one of those people that gets upset over facebook, so I ended up dwindling it down to 30 friends(which is mostly family) because I knew it was healthier for me.
      I do however, have widgets on my phone slides that have daily bible verses, and I keep the bible app so I can read it before I fall asleep without needing a book light and I can read it at an angle. I think it’s really helped me keep reading my Bible daily because it’s so accessible. I also have cross sticker widgets pasted on some slides 🙂 Just little reminders.
      Technology definitely causes problems beyond those of religion, but I definitely have to take a step back and make sure it’s effecting me in a positive way.

      Thanks for this article, it’s really got me thinking! 🙂

    4. Great point, I think people have become distracted from what’s really inportant by technology. That’s not to say all technology is bad, but too much is terrible, it’s been happening for years if you read into history–and not just contemporary history either. Does the Bible mention anything about this in the end times? Maybe not explicitly, but in some form. It is interesting.
      I think our generation is so spoiled though, it’s all about fancy gadgets and who has the best cellphone, it’s so shallow to me. Not too long ago, gadgets were more for business and nerdy people–no offense by the word ‘nerdy’–but now it’s all about electronics, it’s really sad, I’d rather feel what’s real, and that includes the Holy Spirit, and the love and power of God and Jesus Christ.

    5. Ohmigosh. The future is happening way faster than I expected it to. I heard the latest iPhone 5 has a hologram keyboard and I dreamed that holograms would be the biggest future piece of technology. I dreamed that a super suit that looks like a suit Bethany Hamilton would wear for a surf competitoin would show you videos, and know everything about you to help you. Now a microchip implant can do all that.

      But lets go back in time to the 1970’s and 1980’s when my parents were growing up. They didn’t have all this technology to stay in-touch with. An iPhone back then was a phone on a wall with a really long chord so you could take the phone into another room. The closest thing to an iPhone was a cell phone that weighed as much as a brick and had to be carried in a breifcase. Neighbors would play outside, friendships would be face-to-face, and it was safer back then. Their only video game was Pac-Man and Atari/Space Invaders. A Wii or X-Box 360 with Kinnect? Forget it! My history teacher last year said that she would never have believed that you could use a laptop to do homework assignments anywhere when computers used to be the size of rooms. Technology is changing. We’re changing because technology is. And I honestly wish I could go back to when my mom was my age. Not because the clothes were better, and the music had a great sound to it. But because the idea of a relationship didn’t involve Facebook or computers.

      • I would go back to my mom’s time b/c of that, and I love that time! I love it! It’s my life! Music, clothes, pretty much everything, 70s and 80s rock! the younger generations are imitating it because they wanna keep up or be cool like that–or TRY to be cooler (even 80s kids imitated the 50s and 60s whether they knew it or not, and 90s kids did the same for the 60s and 70s–just look at a lot of 90s shows, so much 70s/60s influence, and this generation is imitating the 80s and 90s. It’s like a cycle of retro fashion being imitated ovrtime–not to mention all the song and movie remakes. I’m 18 years old and I can see and know all that). I believe the Bible, the world is going to continue to worsen, until after the apocalypse.

        • My opinion, but I think the clothes and music were better when our parents were teens. That’s why fashion designers have been bringing it back (especially lately), and have gotten kids, mostly girls, to wear it. My suggestion, don’t knock the inspiration for your clothes, or anything else.

    6. We learned in church tonight about “God and Culture.” We learned how the more technologically based we are becoming in the United States is for Entertainment, and Do we pay more attention to the culutral society, then God? Well, I can’t agree more with our Relationship with the Lord needs to be above all, and I want to get a better relationship with him. I try to tell myself to pray before bed, not to be given into temptation, heck, peer pressure. And, you know..I don’t pray as much as I used to because I am usually on my laptop, or Android. I hope that I can build a better relationship and take less time on the laptop, as I have been.

    7. I think technology is a good thing. Of course just like everything else material, it has the potential to distract people from God or be used for evil, but it can also be used in a God-honoring way, like this very website!
      (also, I think that the chip in the wrist thing is creepy too. I would never get one of those. Ughhhhhhh.)

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