“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” – Daniel 12:4
In today’s world, we have the ability to access many good and vital Christian resources through the wonders of modern technology. There are some who say to avoid all technology, that it is of the devil, etc.… I say hogwash.
Technology by itself is just a tool, to be used for good or bad, like anything else. Prudent use of technology can be of great benefit to the believer and help us quickly learn, search and explore the Word of God, as well as many wonderful writings by the worthy saints who have gone before us. Technology allows one to “go to and fro” in God’s Word quickly, is very handy and allows one to easily lookup verses, study notes and do other research. In my phone I can easily carry 15 or more Bible translations, with study notes, dictionaries, lexicons, etc.…amazing! Why would you NOT use this type of technology to your advantage?
Through technology, you can also gain access to many resources which would otherwise be impossible or difficult to reach, for instance: radio stations, pastors, etc. from other geographical areas or even countries!
I strongly recommend that you do get at least one Bible app for your phone and tablet – and utilize them. This allows you to carry several Bible translations in your pocket or purse anywhere you go! (see the Choosing a Bible chapter also)
Apps. These are some apps that I have on my phone and tablet:
- E-Sword App
- YouVersion Bible App
- Pandora (For Christian songs)
- Audio Bible on Phone/iPod (to listen to the Bible while driving, traveling, sitting on an airplane, etc.).
Internet Sites. There are also many wonderful Internet sites with correct teachings and the true Gospel message. I list some trustworthy websites at the end of this book. We are truly blessed nowadays to be able to read and profit off the work of many men and women, giants of the faith that have come before us.
However, just because you see or read something on the Internet (or other place) doesn’t make it true, factual, let alone biblical and good advice for a Christian. So, in all things, as with any information you come across, extreme discernment and discretion is needed when reading anything on the Internet. So, beware, there is also an over-abundance of false teachings and just plain crap out there on the Internet. Pray boldly for the Holy Spirit to guide you.
One of the best things I’ve done (utilizing modern technology) is to get an audio version of my preferred Bible and put it on my phone. This way, I can play it in my car and listen to the Word of God whenever I’m driving, which sometimes is several hours a day; I often listen to a single chapter over and over again repeatedly, as you may hear different things out of it each time. It’s an amazing way to “hear” the Word of God and make use of what would otherwise be wasted time!
In closing, I need to mention that technology can also consume, overwhelm and take over your life if you let it; it can be addictive and isolating to one who seeks immersion in it. So, please be aware of this potential risk of abuse which leads to isolation (I am prone to this myself).
But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” – Daniel 12:4
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good work. – Nehemiah 2:18
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 30:20-21