What to Do With All This Information
Here are some quotes about the Information Age we are either thriving in or barely surviving in:
“Until the 1900’s, humanity’s cumulative knowledge doubled every century. In the 1940’s humanity’s cumulative knowledge doubled every 25 years. Currently, humanity’s cumulative knowledge doubles every 13 months. And by 2020 humanity’s cumulative knowledge will double every 12 hours.”
“We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early successes of science, but in a rather grisly morning-after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has done hitherto is to improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends.”
(Basically, science has given us a lot more information, but we have all the same problems.)
“Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over—a weary, battered old brontosaurus—and became extinct.”
(Basically, we have spent all this time advancing our brains and no time advancing our character or morals. Our heads are getting so large and heavy they are going to crush our shallow, empty hearts.)
Daniel 12:4 & 12:3
“But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge…Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. ”
So, how do we keep from being warped or washed away by today’s onslaught of information?
Remember that it is all about your filter. No matter how much good or bad, true or false information you put into a helpful filter, only what is helpful will come out. When it comes to your soul, the most helpful filter you can have is the Holy Spirit. When you and I take opportunities to pray and read the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit uses those opportunities to sift through the noise and needs, sort through the pressures and pains, and stop all of the wrong motives and foolish impulses.
I pray that you will remember that Jesus has better plans for your life than you do. He cares more about your life and the lives of your loved ones than you do. And He is both willing and able to make us holy and radiant, without stain, wrinkle or blemish in His sight.
See you Sunday,
If you want to hear more on this, check out this podcast by Ravi Zacharias: Building a Moral Society