Nowadays how people used to think technology would make our lives so much better. Futurists in the '60s even thought we'd only have to work 20 hours a week. Obviously that didn't happen. Today we work more, not less. The problem isn't with technology; it's with us. No matter what we manage to invent, we're still the same fallen human beings operating the machine.

And while the internet gives us nearly unlimited access to life-changing information from the comforts of our homes, it also allows us to sin in unprecedented privacy. Just as we no longer need to visit the library to find information, we no longer have to leave our homes.

When people see a photograph or video today, they often ask, "Is it real?" A home computer can manipulate images to create a picture of an event that never happened. Images can be inserted into or removed from photographs. A video can be doctored to make it appear that a person was caught committing a crime or performing an act of heroism. The camera may not lie, but the computer can.

Centuries before such modern technology, the apostle Paul warned Timothy about counterfeit reality in the church. He said that in the last days people would be self-absorbed, "having a form of godliness but denying its power" (2 Timothy 3:5). He repeatedly emphasized the need to live a godly life, warning that "evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (v.13).

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. —Matthew 7:18

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