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Technology and the Soul

with Joseph Dindinger

  1. Definition and brief history of technology
    1. What constitutes technology?
      1. Coined 1820’s.  Art vs Useful Art.  Made by an artisan, artists vs mass-produced
        1. Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. – Acts 17:29
        2. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
      2. Something made that is useful to do something better, easier, faster, or at all
  2. Five things technology wants/How technology acts
    1. Grows advanced/complex over time (ex: phone) like Adam & Eve
    2. Accumulates/groups together with other technologies (ex: car)
    3. Seeks power over its users (ex: TV)
    4. Always has unintended and unforeseen results (good and bad)
    5. Is almost impossible to uproot (exception = Amish, gun vs car deaths = same number 38,000 – 17,000 homicides?)
  3. Examples of technology and its impact on life
    1. Automobiles (1769 steam, 1881 electric, 1885 gas, 1908 model-T, 1925 assembly line)
      1. Good: less horse poop, faster transportation, freedom
      2. Bad: extended family fracturing, pollution, death
    2. Clocks (first 996, 14th century oldest still around)
      1. Good: prayer on time, scientific experimentation
      2. Bad: fracturing of time, busyness, stress
    3. Audio Recording/Radio (1877)
      1. Good: hear the best performances
      2. Bad: pop stars, decline of general musical ability, ignoring of talent
  4. What does the Bible say about us in regards to technology?
    1. Jesus is Lord of All, and that includes technology. 
      1. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all) – Acts 10:36
      2. Three points in the life of a technology, we have a window to decide:

Invention --> Information --> Invisibility

  1. Our time
    1. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. – Ephesians 5:15-17
    2. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the timeLet your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. – Colossians 4:5-6
  2. Our focus/attention
    1.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the SpiritFor to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:5-6
    2. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:1-2
  3. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. – 2 Peter 3:11-13
  1. Our Allegiance/Slaves to Whom?
    1. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. – 2 Peter 2:19
    2. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. – Titus 3:3
  2. Our inner life
    1. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2
    2. My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise. – Psalm 119:148
    3. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. – Psalm 143:5-6
    4. praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. – Ephesians 6:18
    5. Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  3. Group Discussion: Smart Phones
    1. but test everything; hold fast what is good22 Abstain from every form of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
  4. Questions for Small Groups (if time allows)
    1. Is there any area where technology has power over me?
    2. Am I using technology in any way to avoid what I should be doing?
    3. What am I going to do about it?
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