Habakkuk 2:18  “Of what value is an idol that someone has carved?  Or an image that teaches lies? For those who make them trust in their own creations;  they make idols that cannot speak.http://seg.sharethis.com/getSegment.php?purl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.blogger.com%2Fpost-create.g%3FblogID%3D4777752153392401254&jsref=&rnd=1324000249331

     In the past idols were carved of stone or wood.  Now idols are carved with pixels.  Today, the idol and the image is one in the same, holding sway over the mind’s eye.  We view the world through plasma screens mediated by the Internet.  What was a vertical world is now horizontal; the sacred has become the global, revelation is replaced with Google.   We have lost touch with what is true.

     How did it all happen?  “In the course of a half century, that transistor at the heart of the handheld radio of my youth has multiplied by the millions of trillions and turned into the Internet. At the heart of the net is “Google.” Google has evolved from a mere noun into a verb. “Google” the word “fact”—especially the phrase “scientific fact”—and you can discover some of the most popular scientific facts of the epoch. Devotedly catalogued by Google, these are the “facts” most avidly upheld by the media, who have largely usurped from priests and scientists the role of certifying the realms of public truth.” (George Gilder)  

     George Gilder argues that an ‘epistemological’ inversion has occurred where; ” . . .  the role of facts and rumors has subtly but entirely changed. I might sum up the inversion by saying that facts have become religious and rumors have become scientific.”  How does this happen?  If something is repeated often enough in a ‘glittery way’, our technology has predisposed us to accept it as fact no matter what it’s truth content may be.  The pixel is tuned directly to our limbic system; entering through the eye, ever appealing and always beguiling.  We have lost touch with what is true.

     The idol of technology says nothing.  Yet with salacious lies, it seduces our sensibilities  leaving only the wreckage of cold disappointment in its wake.  The great and evil lie of technology is that through it and only it we can have abundant life.   Norman Lear exposes the pathology of this lie; “Through our mighty industrial empire, the American culture pursues a vision of human salvation through technology. It finds its embodiment in things that are wondrous, useful, ingenious, and economically profitable . . . but which do nothing to satisfy the needs that relate to the inner life, where the capacities for awe and wonder and mystery abide and seek nourishment.”  This lie is as pernicious as it is idiotic; there simply is no thought to it. It is automatic.

     For Lear, our spirit withers;  “In a culture dedicated to consumerism and obsessed with material well-being, it should not be surprising that the life of the spirit atrophies.”   Our collective gaze moves inward as an unintended consequence of our global computer technology.  Our hungry god becomes an extension of ourselves.  We sing praises to it in our social media.   We lay hands on the altar of our keyboards and touch pads hoping to feel the pulse of this self-loving deity only to find emptiness.  Love cannot be uploaded, downloaded, tweeted or emailed.  The embrace of the Internet is but a cold silent sad illusion.   Wisdom teaches;  “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  (Proverb 29:18)  We have lost touch with what is true.

     Jesus warns us;  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)  Our technological worship and the consumerism it has spawned serves the thief – the enemy of our soul.  We know it in our spirit but we can not see it in our plasma screens.  Revelation will not be digitised.  We have lost our way.  We have lost touch with what is true.  Still, in an old dusty book a voice calls and has called for over two thousand years; ” . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  (John 14:6)

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