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Discovery Magazine 7/1/2002

Technology-A Two-Sided Coin

If you have ever flown in an airplane, you know the feeling of looking down to the Earth and seeing cars that look like ants, and houses as small as mole hills. Isn’t it amazing the wonderful things that the human mind has been able to accomplish? Humans have built planes that fly, space shuttles and satellites that can be launched into orbit, artificial hearts that can help sick people stay alive longer, and a million other things that make our physical lives better.

Yet, as wonderful as all that technology sounds, sometimes it is not that wonderful. After all, the same technology used to build passenger planes can be used to build fighter planes that often fall into the hands of evil people who use them to kill innocent people. Nuclear power plants can be used to furnish electricity and energy for cities, but that same technology can be used to build bombs that kill thousands of men, women, and children. Brilliant scientist have discovered how to clone mammals, make bombs, and build ships, but science can never tell us if we should or should not do something. Science can only tell us what we can do, not what we should do.

For instance, each of us has the ability to walk inot a grocery store, steal a dozen eggs, and throw them against a brick wall. Science can tell us that those eggs will break, the liquid insde will ooze out, and the other physical things that will happen. But science cannot tell us if we should or should not steal the eggs. Science simply cannot provide any answers about what is right and what is wrong.

If we cannot go to science for the answers about right and wrong, where can we go? The truth is, there is only one plave to go to find out what should or should not be done- the Bible. Since God is the Creator of the Universe, He knows what things we humans should or should not  do. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Everything that science has the ability to do needs to be compared to God’s Word to see if we humans should do it. We should let God’s Word direct our paths- including the paths of technology.

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