Digital Disconnect

People of the Book in the Age of the App

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: DID

Program Code: DID210010S

00:19 Welcome again, my friends. Digital Disconnect
00:23 episode #10. I'm your host Scott Ritsema.
00:26 This one is such a joy for me to present.
00:29 I am very happy to have a relief from the previous episodes
00:33 which are really having to dig deep into an understanding
00:36 of the mind manipulation and the propaganda,
00:39 and the social engineering, and the assault on childhood
00:42 and the demonic inspiration in the entertainment industry.
00:45 Whew! Glad to have those particular episodes behind us
00:49 as we take delight and joy in being people of the Book
00:54 in the age of the app. Let's begin with prayer.
00:57 Father, we thank you so much for the Book of Books.
01:00 We thank you for whom it tells: Jesus Christ,
01:03 our Savior, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
01:07 We pray now as we understand the digital age
01:10 and how we can re-capture a love for the written word
01:13 and the physical printed paper volumes that we are so blessed
01:16 to have. Our prayer is that You would give us inspiration
01:19 something better than excessive media and endless media
01:24 and something to behold Jesus through.
01:26 In Jesus' name, Amen.
01:28 I want to begin with a graphic that I want to put on the screen
01:31 for you that will give us a little historical context.
01:34 Do you know what that is on the screen there?
01:36 What is that invention that happened 500 years ago?
01:41 500+ years ago.
01:42 What you're seeing there is the printing press.
01:45 The printing press... its invention altered
01:49 human society and the course of history
01:52 like almost no other invention prior to it.
01:55 It enabled people for the first time in human history
01:58 to have a copy of the Bible for themselves
02:01 in their own language. They called it Gutenberg's folly
02:05 because the powers that be didn't want the common man
02:08 having access to the Word of God for himself.
02:10 And not just the Bible... as if that's not enough...
02:14 but volumes of the written word to experience an understanding
02:18 of science and God's creation.
02:21 Of history and prophecy
02:23 and the passing out of tracts for the witnessing and the
02:26 winning of souls. The next 400 years
02:29 after the invention of the printing press
02:31 was just building upon building upon building of truth
02:35 and greater enlightenment and deeper understanding
02:38 and reforms in human society.
02:40 It brought freedom of conscience.
02:42 It brought in enlightenment with civic virtues.
02:45 We wouldn't have the foundation of the American Republic
02:47 if it weren't for Gutenberg's printing press.
02:50 And we certainly wouldn't have Martin Luther's
02:52 Protestant Reformation which we praise God for.
02:55 And we live in a time where book reading and the physical
02:59 printed page seems to be kind of going out of style.
03:01 So let's spend some time thinking about digital reading
03:05 and digital immersion vs. the opportunity to read
03:09 and for our children to read books in their hands.
03:13 Now the reading circuit involves and integrates
03:16 several different areas of the brain.
03:17 This is amazing because you don't have a dedicated
03:20 reading circuit in your brain that's given you from birth.
03:23 It comes to being through two hemispheres
03:26 across 4 lobes per hemisphere
03:29 and five different layers of the brain...
03:31 and all of that wired together in a reading circuit.
03:34 We are "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God.
03:37 Once the brain learns how to read you can just pair all that
03:40 together in a millisecond. It's incredible!
03:43 And one cognitive neuroscientist named Dr. Maryann Wolf
03:47 has spoken of the benefits of book reading
03:50 and how research has actually shown that when you are a
03:53 book reader you enhance in your abilities at critical thinking,
03:56 at creativity... So there's Biblical virtues
03:59 right there. God created us in His image
04:01 and He is the Creator. We are small c creators.
04:04 "Come now let us reason together. "
04:06 Being critical thinkers.
04:07 She also points out that research has shown
04:09 personal reflection increases the more we are book readers.
04:13 So the Bible says: "Examine yourselves
04:15 whether ye be in the faith. " II Corinthians 13:5.
04:20 Examining ourselves... personal reflection.
04:23 And empathy is the fourth thing that book readers tend to do
04:26 more. "Love your neighbor as yourself. " Right?
04:29 In fact, speaking of empathy, Stanford Research
04:31 has shown that when people are reading a narrative in a book
04:35 when they are reading it deliberately and not just
04:39 quickly reading through it for the story
04:41 that the mirror neuron activity empathizing and stepping into
04:45 the shoes of the people you're reading about
04:47 actually is enhanced when you're reading deliberately
04:50 and contemplatively and not just speeding through
04:52 like our media comes at us these days.
04:55 Now I've read in the Bible that we are to love the Lord our God
04:58 with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.
05:01 Loving God with all our mind.
05:04 Have you ever thought about what that might mean
05:06 in an age where the mind is being dumbed down?
05:09 Is media dumbing us down?
05:11 Well if you look at research dating all the way back to
05:14 the 1980's they were showing that increased TV viewing
05:18 was dumbing people down.
05:19 Beyond that you fast-forward to 2003
05:22 and that's when the digital age is starting.
05:24 You know, Internet. Not mobile devices yet.
05:26 But by 2003 a generation of TV and video games
05:30 and the beginnings of the Internet were already witnessing
05:32 two grade levels lower of performance in children
05:36 in school than they were in the 1970's.
05:39 So we dropped two full grade levels
05:41 in our academic abilities.
05:44 So how about the modern times then with mobile devices
05:47 and endless Internet and Smartphone use?
05:49 Is that taking its toll the same way that the first generation
05:53 of media took its toll?
05:54 Well, since the advent of the Smartphone
05:57 just in a decade period of time
06:00 you had a dropping in SAT scores
06:03 13 points in language and in reading in just 10 years.
06:08 Now that's pretty significant. Language and reading
06:10 13 point drop. Then you look at the largest
06:13 study on media use and child development ever done.
06:16 $300 million federally-funded study.
06:20 And they found 5th graders who were doing just two hours
06:23 of screen time per day it reduced their cognitive
06:27 and academic abilities as well, particularly in thinking
06:29 and language scores. So we can sum that up
06:32 and say the media mind is becoming dumbed down.
06:35 The mind of Christ can be intelligent in the Word of God,
06:39 intelligent in critical thought.
06:40 And most of all, we can develop the character of Christ
06:43 as we are in His Word. Now that's not to say
06:45 of course that digital devices can't be used.
06:48 We can do Internet searches and these things are a great
06:50 blessing. I like having on my phone...
06:52 I can search the Bible. I have an app for
06:56 a whole host of books, EGW writings, apps. So many great
07:00 things that we can use these devices for
07:02 for our intellectual enhancement. But going back to
07:06 the basics sometimes can bring a greater benefit
07:09 than you might think. Digital everything isn't always
07:12 superior to the analog version if you will.
07:16 Now I'm discussing intelligence and critical thinking
07:19 and loving God with all of our mind not to make
07:22 academic attainment some sort of spiritual hierarchy.
07:27 You're aware of the fact that William Tyndale,
07:29 the famous Reformer, said to the elitists
07:33 of his time: "You know if you give me the Bible
07:36 in the common tongue I will have a boy who stands
07:38 at the plow to know more of the Word of God
07:41 than you doctors of the church. "
07:43 You professional papal theologians.
07:46 So pretty confrontational words from Mr. Tyndale.
07:49 He distributed English Bibles & was burned at the stake for it.
07:52 But the idea is that anybody can come to a knowledge
07:56 of salvation through Jesus Christ no matter how smart
07:59 we think we are. So I just want to put that in as a proviso
08:02 for people. "Oh, I got C's in school. Oh no, I'm not as
08:05 good of a Christian. " No, that's not the case.
08:07 But the more we can understand the Word of God
08:10 intelligently the more we can be guarded against
08:13 potential deception 'cause the devil wants to deceive.
08:16 And if thinking skills and language skills are down
08:19 because the media is dumbing people down, I suppose
08:21 Satan delights in that 'cause it makes easier prey
08:24 in this generation that's coming up with these lower
08:27 basic skills that are required for Bible reading.
08:30 So we want to be intelligent learners of the Scriptures.
08:33 But you might say: "OK, what about educational technology
08:37 then? " You heard in an earlier session about the Waldorf-style
08:41 schools. And they do some things that we wouldn't believe in
08:43 New Age sort of leaning things. But they do a lot of good things
08:46 like back to the basics getting children's...
08:48 their hands in the soil and gardening and chalk/chalkboards.
08:52 Low-tech schools. That's one of the trends.
08:55 You see two divergent paths on the graphic here:
08:58 the "no-tech" school where screens are off limits
09:01 even at home and then others in the AP it was reported
09:05 US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades
09:08 where they "gamify" the process of learning
09:11 and everything becomes a process of doing it digitally
09:16 online and scoring points or whatever.
09:18 And that's all the learning interface we have left
09:20 because that's what motivates them. And so we kind of
09:22 enable that and tap into that.
09:24 And people are well intentioned but the approach of going
09:28 low tech is proving to be superior.
09:30 So the first graphic there where you saw where screens
09:34 are not part of the educational process...
09:36 Look at this graphic:
09:41 Reading into the article it says:
10:04 So the more we're using "educational technology"
10:08 the lower the performance is going.
10:10 And that was in one particular investigation by the OECD.
10:15 But a Durham University study looked across 48 studies.
10:19 This is called a meta-analysis where they study all the studies
10:22 and they're looking at, OK, tech-based interventions.
10:25 "We're going to help the struggling kids. We're going to
10:26 get them involved with computers and educational technology. "
10:29 They found that traditional methods of intervention -
10:32 a tutor sitting there caring about the person -
10:35 pencil and paper - those are superior to the
10:38 tech-based interventions.
10:39 In the meta-analysis of forty-eight studies
10:41 that's pretty definitive.
10:42 And then you have a headline that came out
10:44 in Time Magazine. This was quite a provocative headline.
10:48 Not surprising from Dr. Kardaras who we heard from earlier.
10:52 But he says: "Screens in schools are a $60 billion hoax. "
10:56 He says: "This is a massive enterprise,
10:58 a big, well-funded entity,
11:01 a monolith of high-tech educational technology
11:06 being foisted into the schools. "
11:07 He says: "It's not doing a thing. It's a hoax"
11:10 is what he called it. But basically if you want to use
11:12 more objective scientific terminology
11:14 we have decades of research showing that
11:17 educational technology is not adding any performance value,
11:21 cognitive increase or academic success for our young people.
11:25 So the verdict is coming in on that pretty well.
11:27 But we start early you know. We have the baby on the iPad
11:30 sort of thing that we've looked at in previous episodes.
11:33 But let's think about books.
11:34 What can we be doing instead of that?
11:36 How many of you delight in having the toddler on the couch
11:40 sitting on the lap? You see the graphic there.
11:42 It's called shared attention and it's a joy to read to
11:46 those little ones. They're pre-readers.
11:48 And you know what's happening when you're reading to them?
11:50 Their language development is forming.
11:53 Their literacy is forming when they're being read to.
11:56 They don't have to learn to read at age 5.
11:58 That gives them no advantage over a kid who learns to read
12:01 at age 7. In fact, all other things being equal
12:04 the kid who learns to read a little later actually
12:06 out performs it when we force it too early
12:08 and it's this unpleasant thing. But what they DO learn
12:11 at 3 and 4 and 5 and 2
12:14 is they're learning phonics sounds and they can distinguish
12:17 those phonics sounds better by age 5
12:19 than kids who aren't read to.
12:21 And that exceeds their literary capabilities later in life.
12:25 What a blessing that is to have that foundation laid
12:27 so they can be people of the book in the age of the app.
12:30 And also, by the way, they're hearing sentence structure.
12:33 They're hearing verbiage; they're hearing different types
12:35 of ways of speaking that you wouldn't necessarily speak
12:38 as parents in the home. But when they hear it read to them
12:42 then they're starting to be able to comprehend
12:44 literary types of language and how we speak in literary form.
12:49 Maybe I should say how we used to speak because
12:51 today we give the toddlers apps.
12:53 Well, I like what Dr. Dimitri Christakis said:
12:56 "Toddlers need laps not apps. "
12:59 That's a clever way of putting it, but you might say:
13:02 "What is the big difference if our young people are reading
13:04 a book on a screen vs. reading it in a paper book? "
13:07 I've already revealed a little bit of a bias in favor of
13:10 the parchment... you know, the printed page...
13:13 the physically-bound book.
13:15 A lot of people like you know digital reading.
13:17 No sin in that, of course.
13:19 But when they looked at and in- vestigated reading comprehension
13:23 when you have books vs. like enhanced e-readers
13:27 where the kids in school they read this and there's a
13:29 little pop-up or you know little bells and whistles.
13:31 They actually found that reading comprehension is better
13:34 in physically printed books than in the enhanced
13:37 eBooks. And this was studied way back in the 1980's.
13:40 Do you remember the Apple computer that came out?
13:44 I remember my friend got one and it had the mouse.
13:46 Oh yeah, you see the image there.
13:48 My friend goes: "I got a computer! "
13:51 I'm like: "Oh, yeah, we have one of those.
13:53 It's a Tandy 1000. You have to type everything away. "
13:56 He goes: "No... ours has a mouse. "
13:58 I'm like: "A mouse? Why would you want a mouse? "
14:01 "No, you've gotta see this. " And he's moving it around
14:03 and it's moving on the screen. I'm like: "Whoa! That's neat. "
14:06 Well anyway, they studied that in that age of hyperlinks
14:09 and clicking on the hyperlinks
14:10 in the late 80's they found that reading comprehension was lower
14:14 when there's an option to click on a link
14:16 than when it's the same text in a book and there's no link.
14:19 Because the brain is divided. It's thinking: "Should I click
14:22 on this or not? " So a little different. I like links.
14:24 There's no obviously sin in using Internet research.
14:27 I've done a lot of Internet research for these seminars
14:29 as you've noticed... a lot of online screen shots
14:32 but never wanting to just surrender and sacrifice
14:36 and say good-bye to the physical paper books.
14:38 'Cause then the real test came. They said: "Now let's
14:41 compare physical paper books vs. non-enhanced e-readers. "
14:45 So it's on a screen but there's no bells and whistles.
14:48 There's no things to click and links to distract you.
14:50 It's just the paper vs. the screen.
14:53 And they found even then the paper comprehension was
14:55 better when you're reading it in a physical paper book.
14:59 And so they kind of came down to it at a meta-analysis.
15:02 Dartmouth University looked across the board at all the
15:04 studies on that and found reading comprehension
15:07 is better in physical paper books.
15:10 Now listen to the one from the Washington Post here:
15:36 So the verdict is in. The media mind is more scattered
15:39 and distracted. You know we talked about the stress
15:41 and the multi-tasking in a previous episode.
15:44 The mind of Christ we can become more focused.
15:47 And the focused attention is something that we are lacking.
15:50 In this age of being inundated with so many images
15:54 and messages and notifications and distractions
15:57 the idea of focused intensity -
15:59 the way that we have learned as a human race over the past
16:03 particularly 500 years to think logically and linearly
16:07 and in a systematic way -
16:09 is being moved aside in favor of this new digital onslaught
16:14 of information. And if you think about what real literacy
16:18 is about, you know, as readers of the Word of God
16:20 and of history books real literacy includes things
16:24 like metaphors and things like logical narratives
16:27 and a conceptual framework that can form your thinking
16:31 around contrasting ideas. Like: the media mind is,
16:34 the mind of Christ is.
16:36 There's a logical conceptual framework there that we've been
16:38 going through. Critical thinking; long attention spans
16:42 for deep analysis is being lost in the "insta culture. "
16:47 We are living in the insta everything time:
16:50 the world of the sound bite; the here-and-now moment;
16:53 the frozen moment in the social media impulse
16:56 that I receive and the impression I get
16:58 at an emotional level almost exclusively
17:01 when we are living in the digital world
17:04 instead of being people who are thinkers and contemplate things,
17:08 evaluate things. And we have security in Christ
17:11 to know we don't need to be swayed this way and that
17:14 by the trends and the course of the culture around us.
17:17 We've lost the concept of long-term consequences
17:21 in the "insta culture. "
17:22 The here-and-now present moment is divorced
17:25 from the concept of cause and effect.
17:28 So the media mind, frankly, just becomes more shallow.
17:32 But the mind of Christ deep: deep in the Scriptures,
17:36 deep in the things of God.
17:37 Now there was a very alarming publication, a very alarming
17:41 report that was put out in the UK. This would be
17:43 similar across the Western world.
17:45 And they were looking at how do college admissions officers
17:49 say the young people are doing who are coming into college age.
17:53 They've come through this digital revolution.
17:55 How are they doing with their abilities in terms of
17:58 the memory and other facets? Take a look at the graphic.
18:20 "All I've gotta do is 'Google' it... I don't need to
18:22 have a memory.
18:24 We've outsourced our memory to Google!
18:26 Google is the external hard drive of what used to be
18:29 the human brain and memory
18:31 and we just access that when needed.
18:33 Why do I need to have facts swimming around in my head? "
18:35 Well: to assimilate them with previous knowledge
18:38 with understanding of beliefs and convictions.
18:40 The human brain God gave us is there for a reason.
18:44 But we outsource our collec- tion of information to Google.
18:47 We outsource our storing of facts to Google.
18:50 Well, is Google going to start doing our thinking for us
18:53 then? "I don't know. Google it. "
18:55 "I don't know. Google it. " Well the founder or the CEO
18:58 rather of Google's parent com- pany, his name is Eric Schmidt,
19:02 he admitted in an interview with Charlie Rose
19:05 he said, quote: "We are altering cognition
19:08 and affecting deeper thinking. "
19:11 Now that's a mild way of putting it.
19:14 "We are altering people's ability to think deeply. "
19:18 Altering it? Yeah. Reducing it; diminishing it
19:21 in a way that is problematic and harmful
19:24 for peoples' ability to be individuals
19:26 and to love God with all their mind, frankly,
19:29 and ward off against the deceptions. And a corporation
19:32 that I may not trust very well
19:33 is going to be doing our thinking for us
19:36 'cause they admit they are altering cognition and affecting
19:38 deeper thinking. And the memory... oh the memory
19:42 is going. Some people think their memory is going
19:45 since they're getting old, and that might be the case.
19:47 My mom sometimes says that. "Oh, I must be getting old. "
19:50 But I've noticed sometimes my memory isn't what it just was
19:53 and I'm not old. So is it possible that
19:57 all of our memories are suffering in the digital age
19:59 to the extent that we are inundated with so much
20:01 of the media and all the distractions and stress
20:03 and everything. Prefrontal cortex reducing
20:05 as we looked at. Well they've studied this.
20:07 Having your Smartphone nearby
20:10 takes a toll on your thinking the headline says.
20:12 Then there was Lloyd's Insurance. Have you heard of
20:14 this Lloyd's Insurance Group? They actually
20:16 wanted to take a look at household accidents
20:19 and the propensity for people to leave a boiling pot
20:22 going and it causes problems or a bathtub is not, you know,
20:26 is left on and it's plugged and there's no release
20:28 and it ruins the house or lost keys & things like that.
20:31 So they looked at that: how forgetful people are
20:34 with things like that. And they found in just 10 years'
20:37 time they estimated a 50% drop in the memory span
20:43 of the industrialized world's human brain.
20:45 So in other words, the 12-minute memory span that previously
20:49 existed is reduced to lower than six minutes
20:52 of remembering what I was doing. "Oh yeah, what am I doing
20:55 again? " So we're struggling with the media mind becoming
20:58 more forgetful. And this isn't the most important spiritual
21:01 virtue but it shows what's going on in our brains
21:04 that we are suffering a bit. The mind of Christ: we want it
21:06 to be retentive when I hear a sermon, when I memorize
21:09 Scripture. When I know what I'm tasked to do.
21:12 I'm not getting off task; I'm not forgetting.
21:14 And just the bottom-line question that I ask myself
21:17 in this digital age is: if we are just simply
21:21 receiving passively and going along with the current
21:24 that big tech is declaring unto us, inviting us into,
21:27 is it kind of like row, row, row your boat
21:30 and the stream of culture takes us where... "Oh, wait!
21:33 Where is it taking us? "
21:34 It could take us right off of the Niagara Falls
21:37 if we're not careful. We need to just pause
21:39 and ask ourselves: "Is the status quo that I have
21:44 unknowingly entered into here
21:47 what I want? What God wants for my brain? "
21:50 "For my children's development? "
21:51 Using technology is a blessing. Absolutely!
21:56 And it's a double-edged sword, is it not?
21:58 Where are the lines? How can we find some boundaries
22:01 where it's not digital everything taking over
22:04 our relationships as we've looked at in the past
22:07 and our study in this particular session?
22:09 Reading books. I like the concept of books
22:12 because it was the Dark Ages that sought to eliminate
22:15 people from reading the Bible in their common language.
22:20 But then something was prompted in my thinking about this
22:24 as just a history guy and thinking about the trends
22:26 of history I've read in the Bible prophecy
22:30 that the persecution and the ideology of the Dark Ages
22:34 is going to be repeated in the last days.
22:36 So is there going to be some kind of revival of a Dark Ages
22:40 human society mind?
22:43 I know the persecution is coming. That's clear.
22:46 What precedes and facilitates that persecution?
22:49 Is it a societal passiveness?
22:53 An inability to question and identify truth
22:55 for ourselves? Are we possibly entering into
22:58 a new Dark Age in terms of the minds of people?
23:02 Not just dumbing down in an intellectual capacity
23:04 but the ability to even think?
23:07 The ability to critically think and evaluate.
23:10 If that is the case then Revelation 13 would
23:13 make a lot more sense in light of people just
23:16 "wondering after the beast wherever he shall lead them. "
23:18 And we know media manipulation is happening.
23:20 The worldly schooling system is creating automatons.
23:23 Is the dumbing down and the inability to read
23:26 along the same lines? There was a scholar named Maggie Jackson
23:30 who defined the Dark Age philosophically as
23:32 "an abyss of forgetfulness. "
23:36 Are we remembering history? We're the "insta culture. "
23:38 "Who cares what is in the past?
23:42 Boring old history people. "
23:44 "Prophecy? Oh that's the future.
23:45 All that matters now is my instant pleasure seeking
23:48 or to-do list right now. "
23:50 But as people of the Book history and prophecy
23:54 are critical to our understanding of the present
23:56 and how we live in the present.
23:58 So it challenges us to go deeper and pan out
24:00 and be bigger picture thinkers.
24:03 So what is the goal here as far as the literacy and the
24:05 book reading stuff? Are we trying to totally do with...
24:07 do away with online reading? Are we saying: "No,
24:10 we ought to not have the Internet?
24:11 We're going to try to uninvent the Internet. "
24:13 No, not so... but maybe we can try to foster
24:16 what some scholars have called a "biliterate brain. "
24:20 'Cause reading online is different than reading in books.
24:22 We ARE better fact chasers online by the way.
24:25 So there's an advantage. You're quick finding a fact;
24:28 you can find it in online text faster than you can find it
24:30 in a book. Why? I don't know.
24:32 But it's not control F. Ooh, I like that function
24:35 to find a word on the page. I'm a big fan
24:37 of using the Internet but I also want to retain
24:40 my ability to read. REAL literacy.
24:42 Deeply... comprehension going deep.
24:45 Linear logical thought patterns
24:46 and then re-train the brain on how we read online
24:50 so we're not jumping from this to this and we have
24:53 no attention span. So re-train for online reading
24:56 that goes deeper. We don't lose our critical thinking capacity
24:59 and retain our book reading.
25:01 'Cause we're not retaining book reading at this point.
25:03 The sad reality is 1/3 of teens have not read a single book
25:07 in the past year. Now in the 1950's
25:09 nearly all 12th graders had read a book in the previous week
25:12 'cause they had to for school.
25:14 In 1976 that had come down to 60% of 12th graders
25:19 would say in a survey that they read a book or a periodical
25:23 most days of the week.
25:25 So 40% drop from the 1950's to the 1970's
25:28 when you see... you know... the inundation of TV.
25:32 But by 2016 only 15%
25:35 of 12th graders today in a survey say that they read
25:39 a book or periodical on a weekly basis.
25:42 Now the Bible does say knowledge will increase in the last days
25:45 so how would you fit that in to the equation here?
25:48 'Cause it seems like in the information age
25:50 we're inundated with information
25:52 and so you know what's the problem with that?
25:56 Well, we're becoming dumbed down and it's being outsourced!
25:58 So if knowledge is increasing, what kind of knowledge?
26:01 Is there a difference between information and knowledge?
26:04 Information you can access at the click of a mouse
26:07 or the tap of a mobile device
26:09 may be different than knowledge.
26:10 When the Bible talks in Daniel about knowledge increasing
26:13 it is speaking about spiritual knowledge, knowledge of the
26:15 prophecies. And THAT is one thing we do not want to neglect
26:19 in these last days: the knowledge of the Word of God.
26:22 So you might ask the question: "We're in the information age.
26:25 In the last 25 years has humanity increased and had
26:28 a deeper experience with the Word of God? "
26:31 We can look it up on the app on the phone.
26:33 We have so many tools for Bible study.
26:36 I would venture to say the benefits of these technologies
26:39 have been overshadowed largely by the dangers.
26:42 TS Elliot the famous poet said:
26:50 There is a difference, isn't it?
26:51 A computer can do knowledge or can do information rather.
26:55 You remember when the computer won in Jeopardy?
26:58 His name was Watson... the computer was called Watson.
27:00 He won Jeopardy 'cause he's got all the facts
27:02 you know. Information and facts is not the same thing
27:05 as knowledge of the divine.
27:07 We've gotta go into our Bibles.
27:09 Reflection on our lives and on our relationships.
27:13 Prayer. These are the ways we go deep
27:16 with Jesus and have the knowledge increase.
27:19 But books will not die. I believe that the canvasser
27:22 will have work to do until the very close of time,
27:25 till the very close of probation.
27:27 And we know there's books in heaven: the Book of Life,
27:30 the Book of Remembrance,
27:31 the Book of Records. And we have our names written
27:35 in that Book of Life. We are people of the Book.
27:37 And how do we make sure our names remain
27:39 in that Book of Life and our sins are blotted out...
27:42 not our names...
27:43 is we make sure to be in the Book of Books.
27:46 Are we studying the Word of God?
27:47 In a subsequent session we'll look at boredom in the Bible
27:50 and how the digital age is creating a distaste
27:52 for the Word of God in many people.
27:54 But we can revive that and have the hope and promise
27:57 that Jesus will give us His presence and His salvation.


Revised 2021-07-12