Christian Faith in a Computerized World

Job 36:26

Voltaire, the avowed social critic and atheist, admitted, “The world embarrasses me, and I cannot think that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.” Indeed, if watches must have a watchmaker, the incredible wonders of creation all about us, and within us, eloquently witness to a “world maker.” Gerard Manley Hopkins, the poet priest, exclaimed: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

Recent discoveries, in both the infinite and the infinitesimal, open new revelations of the majesty and magnificence of the Creator’s handiwork. The computer revolution has hit as a seismic force, collapsing time zones and national boundaries. Where does our Christian faith fit into this milieu of change? Gratefully, the church has long since emerged from the infamous Galileo episode where religion vigorously resisted and suppressed new advances in scientific discovery.

If you look for Christ on the Internet, you may find Him listed some 146,000 times. Even prayer receives momentum from the Internet, with prayer concerns daily posted by Internet and e-mail users.

But of course, technologies are not neutral. C. S. Lewis reminds us: “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” The church today is challenged by the widespread virus of cyberporn and cybersex with their anonymity and easy access. Christian families must vigilantly protect their young from the pernicious influence of salacious offerings on the Internet.

“Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” is the penetrating question that comes to us from the ancient Book of Job (11:7). Man has an insatiable passion to explore how he fits into the grand cosmological scheme. The advanced resources from technology today can help us recapture an awareness and awe of the transcendent God. We want a God who is beyond the probe of our minds and satellites, a God higher than the utmost reach of our ultimate questions. Job reminds us that we have just such a God: “How great is God—beyond our understanding!” (36:26)

But the God of the Cosmos is also the God of Calvary. The God who holds the stars in their unerring courses also holds our frail and finite lives in His mighty hands. The God who knows the names of the incomputable billions of stars, knows us each by name and need. The God who flung galaxies into space condescends to hear our prayer, forgive our sin and accept us as His children.

Henry Gariepy, The War Cry

 

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