Technology is anything that has been made by man to enable one to do things which are impossible without the use of it (Geers, 2013). Technology is everywhere today that is why Christians need to be very careful because it has the capability to change morals. Technology cannot be said to be morally neutral it just changes the way ones thinks. As Christians technology has both positive and negative aspects of one’s life. The paper explains the way the New Testament shapes the way one uses or thinks about technology and how the scripture says about one’s life habit as a result of the use of technology.
A few decades ago community was defined by where one lived. If one wanted to contact someone one would either write a letter or call the family telephone. Nowadays, things have changed, it is not about where one lived rather it is all about one’s preferences. For instance, when one sends a text or email it is all about individualism and it is not about the family context (Geers, 2013). This means technology completely changes people one how they relate to one another and more so God. It is no doubt this might be the answer as to why people find it very hard to go to Church because they do not have a lot in common nowadays as a result of the use of technology. The New Testament according to Mathew 6:33 says “seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things we be given to you as well”. From this scripture one can learn that technology has made us to be far away from God because we do not create time for him in our lives.
Many people have claimed to have made lots of friends through the internet. Communication is becoming more convenient and cheaper than before. Distance is not an issue like before, thanks to phones, instant messaging and e-mails. Nowadays a new friend is just a click away thanks to social media such as twitter, Facebook and instagram. Indeed, the internet has made it easier to get to know people. It can be of great benefit if it is used in the right way. The internet makes it possible to maintain a close relationship to those who are far away. In the New Testament, John the disciple revealed to us in one of his writing the importance of keeping a close relationship to those who are not close to us. 2 John 12 says “Thought I had much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete”. A good relationship is based on trust. Trust should come with sincere care and honesty to each other. The New Testament tells us that good relationships about opening up to others and learning to understand the shortcomings and weakness of others. God offers us such an opportunity to get in touch with others, regardless of how far they are and show the love and God who is love.
Sometimes, technology can make us to do wrong things. One may easily access pornographic materials which may lead to lust. It destroys the pure heart required in loving relationships. The mind starts to see others as objects of sex. This may destroy a person’s life forever. Values without God are only based on selfish desire, sensual pleasure and pride (Waters, 2014). The New Testament is against the ways of the world that may result in the destruction of the soul. According to 1 John 2: 16-17 “for all this in the world- the desires of flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whosoever the will of God abides forever”. The New Testament tells us that we should resist the pleasures of the world. Immoral things that are fuelled by the use of technology deprave the mind and heart, making us to be far away from God.
My phone is the first thing I grab when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I tough at night. The apps that exist in the smartphone such as Facebook and Twitter are even more addictive and keep me busy with the social media. Research suggests that mobile apps are designed to compete for the user’s attention. This form of addiction is contrary against the scripture. In 1 John 2:15-17. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
In a recap of the above discussion, it is evident that technology has a huge impact on the morals of Christians both negative and positive. The New Testament contains some scriptures that should help Christians, Make better use of technology to prevent it from having full control of their lives and eventually making them to be far apart from God.
Geers, A. (2013). How should Christians engage with technology? | Geero.net. Retrieved from http://www.geero.net/2013/11/how-should-christians-engage-with-technology/
Waters, B. (2014). Christian moral theology in the emerging technoculture. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.