Technology and Religion

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Computer Based Information Systems
Week One – Technology/Religion Essay
October 2010

Technology has drastically changed our religious habits and traditions over the past decade; however, I do not believe it has changed our morals, or our Christian message. God is, and always will be, the same yesterday, today, and forever; but we as a developing people are always changing. We no longer have to leave our homes to attend a church service. We do not have to remember to pray, (we can set reminders for that). We don’t even have to go on a mission trip to see how our fund raisers are affecting people’s lives all over the world. Our entire world is instant. We can live, work, play, and even socialize from the comfort of our own homes. We have replaced handshakes with emoticons, and a friendly cup of coffee with a text ending in LOL. Even our education is achieved electronically. Yet our basic moral values are still the same. Love, compassion for fellow man, and charity for those in need are still exemplified, and war, hate, and contempt are still condemned. What was considered evil fifty years ago is still considered evil in today’s society? Children are still considered as precious creations, and although their toys have been replaced with IPODs and PS3’s, they are still born needing love. I agree with Billy Graham’s conclusion from the video, Billy Graham: Technology, faith and human shortcomings, that technology it’s self is not evil. Technology is only as good or evil as the person controlling the technology. We do not associate a butcher’s knife with evil, yet it could be used to do evil if an evil person were to use it to kill someone. A machine gun may be considered to be evil, yet unless an evil person uses it to kill, the item it’s self is not evil. I think the reason we sometimes associate technology with being evil is because as we chronicle our lives on social networking sites, we are encouraged to divulge our every thought onto the internet...
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