Automobiles weren’t common for average citizens until the 1920s, and it wasn’t until 1969 that half the cars being made had air conditioning.
The first transistor radio didn’t come out until October 1954.
Most new homes didn’t have central air conditioning until the late 1960s.
Cordless phones didn’t become popular until the 1970s.
The first iPhone came out in the US in 2007 with only 4 GB.
Pink Floyd had a song called “Welcome to the Machine.” I looked up the lyrics, here are some of them:
Welcome my son
Welcome to the machine
Where have you been?
It’s alright; we know where you’ve been
As I read these lyrics, I thought, how true they are today. We send our kids to school to learn, but are we concerned about what is being taught? What is seen in movies and commercials is disturbing. Just what are we teaching this younger generation?
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)
Surely, we can agree, knowledge has increased astronomically. Yet, with all this technology, how much do we know about God now? It’s so much easier to study the Word of God with an iPad or smartphone, but we would rather scroll through Facebook or watch YouTube instead.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hosea 4:6)
If you want to learn about God and His Word, it would be best to rely on the Bible and time-honored resources such as Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance1, Matthew Henry‘s Commentary2, and the Jewish Encyclopedia3, rather than some modern Christian books. It’s a sad truth, that as we have increased in knowledge,we have decreased in our relationship with the One who gave us this knowledge.
“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians3:18-19)
Now that is knowledge!
1) Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (1890) took James Strong thirty-five years to compile. He assigned every root word (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) a number, which one may use to follow the word throughout the Bible.2) Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (1706) provides Matthew Henry’s commentary of every verse in the Bible.3) The Jewish Encyclopedia (1901) contains about 15,000 articles written by more than 400 scholars describing the history, culture, religion, and literature of the Jewish people up to around 1900.