Did you know: The codex was created in the century before Christ was born. This was a brand new technology. In fact, the time frame would be like us using film to store data, yes, this is still a large industry today. Now get this, it is well known, even among the non-Christians, that the early followers of Christ actually decided to use this new technology as an identification of who they were! In fact, they were the ones who made the codex a major advancement. Without Christians the codex, or the book as most of us know it, would never have gained prominence among the scholars so fast!
Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
I find that some Mennonites have a fear of technology based on their fear of the possibility of doing evil. I agree we are to watch what we do and make sure it is in line with the way God wants us to live, however, the fear of the possibility of doing evil has taken over the lives of many Christians. This fear has been given the high place in their souls, a place that should be occupied by peace and knowledge that God protects us from that which we cannot handle.
The only way that a computer can suck you into something evil is if your own flesh wants to do it! Btw, the accidental viewing of an evil picture is not your fault and it is not sin. It becomes a problem when lust takes over and begins to desire more of what you accidentally saw. Conquer that desire and you already won!
Now, do not assume that I think it is OK to do things that will cause you to stumble.
1 Corinthians 10: 1-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)Now I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness.Now these things became examples for us, so that we will not desire evil things as they did. Don’t become idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to play. Let us not commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and in a single day 23,000 people fell dead. Let us not test Christ as some of them did and were destroyed by snakes. Nor should we complain as some of them did, and were killed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall. No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.
Notice Paul states that we should also be careful to not do that which we know will cause us to stumble. He also reminds us to not test Christ by doing evil! However, he states that God will not allow us to be tempted by anything that we cannot resist! Think about that for a second.
I find that a large number of ultra-Conservative Mennos have a problem with people who use a Bible cell phone app in church. My response? These would be the same folks 600 years ago who would have probably put people in jail for bringing a Bible into church when the priest was considered to be infallible. That was an Argument using multiple Informal Fallacies just to prove a point, and as such is not worth a hill of beans.
All informal fallacies aside, while it is beneficial to be able to know where stuff is in the Bible by memorization, it is also good, in my opinion, to be able to go to a spot in the Bible just by typing in a reference point. Thankfully, the animosity to this type of technology has greatly decreased in the past few years.
I find that a few Mennos and most Amish think that modern technology cannot help with the salvation of people. This view is unfounded and completely wrong! Thousands of Arabs in Muslim countries have been saved because of the broadcasting done by Christian TV stations! There are also millions of people who have been saved because they listened to a sermon on a station that they stumbled across.
One thing that I am appreciative of is the fact that the fear of modern technology, technophobia, is subsiding in Conservative Mennonite culture!
Next week: There was rebar in the roof.