Mark Affleck

A Faith Algorithm As The World’s New Religion?

September 15, 2018
Spiritual Growth

There is little doubt that the planet is being turned upside down by algorithms that are reshaping life on planet earth. How we travel, eat, shop, work, recreate, date, bank, learn, and get entertained. And that is the SHORT list!

What about religion? Have these powerful algorithms invaded this sacred ground? Of course!
We may be witnessing the birth of Christianity’s newest competitor—at least on the cognitive level.
It’s easy to agree that the world’s technological explosion will continue to expand exponentionally. But what about the impacts on people, particularly Christians?
If everything in life becomes automated to be “IDEAL” and “PERFECT” there may be a new and pernicious perception that people don’t need Jesus to guide and bless their lives…to fight through the challenge of the day…to vanquish unwanted thoughts and feelings and urges and behaviors.
Godless religions are nothing new. Thousands of years ago Buddhism put its trust in the natural laws of karma and more recently Nazism offered itself as an all-powerful deity.
The harsh reality of our technological revolution and social media delivery system is how it is based on EXPOSING and REVEALING and SHOWING. The opposite of what we learn in Colossians 3:3–“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
The Colossians were deeply concerned about appearances, recognition and self-reflecting prideful honor. They lived “unhidden” lives looking for attention.
Not much has changed today in a world where social media has banished the word hidden from the lexicon ruling its ecosystem.
It’s wrong! The technology of the age may change, but the human heart does not follow suit.
I ask God to help me fend off attacks from the world’s wisdom.
What are you doing to keep your focus on God’s Word over the world’s algorithmic bait?
What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

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