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The Good in the Bad

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The Good in the Bad

More than likely you and everyone you associate with or know is tied to technology in one form or another, your cell phone, television, internet, maybe even your doorbell and certain systems within your house. Like nearly everything in this world, one can find good and bad surrounding it, but the choices of how we use these items are always ours.

I know of individuals who do not have internet access by their own free will, they look only at the negative aspects of it, and perhaps do not feel themselves strong enough to direct themselves away from those aspects. The same goes for television, movies, there was even a day not so long ago that dance clubs were seen in the same light. If it is sin to them, then we cannot judge them in these areas, (Romans 14:1-5) but they also are not able to judge us when we partake of these available areas. Just because something is acceptable to us does not mean we should entertain ourselves with it. “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” (1 Cor. 10:23)

Technology has of course the ability to lift up, to assist, and the same ability to tear down and destroy. The artificial intelligence systems that are approaching will become a great assistance to the world of man, or the greatest threat we have ever known, it depends on your point of view, but I could have just as easily said the repeating rifle. It matters little what age you are speaking of, both sides of the story will always be contested. One thing is nearly always true though, if it is even vaguely possible that a thing can be done, man will attempt to find a way to do it.

A few hundred years ago, if doctors did not pay grave robbers to steal corpses, we would not have grown in our knowledge of the human body, if Edison had not continued his work, all the whales and supply of oil would be gone, there is always two sides to every story. So then, think on this my brothers and sisters, when God Almighty created the first angels, He already knew that the covering cherub, (Eze. 28:14) the one He would call Lucifer, was going to rebel, He knew before the foundation of the world was formed by His hand that the first man Adam was going to sin against Him, and that for thousands of years some souls would be cast into eternal darkness, to be judged as unrepentant sinners.

I know for a fact that nuclear energy can provide decades of clean, cheap energy, and I also know that there is a possibility that it could decimate large parts of the earth if placed in the wrong hands. The unrepentant man cannot be trusted with the oracles of God, they go out and start quasi-religious cults, the born-again believer uses that same word and leads people to the cross. In other words, as the very old saying goes, “You can’t win for losing.” “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matt. 19:17) Certain men will use everything they possibly can get their hands on for selfish, prideful ends, others will seek to use all they can for the glory of God.

Your cell phone has the ability to take you to websites that give glory to God, you have the entire Word of God at your disposal every time it is in your possession, but it can also lead you to the most despicable, darkest pornographic sites that are on the face of the planet. What we choose to do with anything that has been created is completely up to us, the world seeks to gain the world, the born-again believer seeks for the world to come. What you decide to do with this one life you have been given has completely been left up to you, our Lord does not force virtue upon any of us. If you are not allowing yourself the pleasures of the eyes, of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) because you fear retribution from the Almighty, then you have missed the mark completely. “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

We do not do the things that we want to do not because of the possibility of chastisement from the Lord, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (Hebrews 12:6) We avoid them because we love Him, as best as we know how, and we express that love by our obedience to His will and Word. Nearly everything that man creates is good, nearly everything that man creates is bad, both of these statements are true. Use what you can for the glory of God, leave the rest for those who will not place their trust in Him. Much prayer and spiritual discernment, these are the keys. The question is simple, should we build that which can heal if it can also destroy.

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