Broken and Crushed...I will remember

Man is busy re-creating creation in his own image

I've been saying constantly that God will judge due to rebellion against Him. One way people rebel and stay in their own sin is to fail to acknowledge Him and His sovereignty over all the universe. Another way to sin is that even if man acknowledges Him, man still elevates himself to His position. Satan did that in his "I will" statements found in Isaiah 14: 12-15 wherein satan vowed to elevate his throng above God's. It was how and where sin entered into his heart, and then the world.

We have seen what happens when man and angel elevates himself to positions to which he is not entitled. The Tower of Babel is one example where that process comes to mind. (Genesis 11:1-9). God confused the languages and scattered the inhabitants who were building the tower not because He is a killjoy oppressing the people who were trying to make something of themselves. Rather, He knew they were not ready for cities, had told them to go forth and multiply, and they didn't. Their leader was Nimrod and his name is from the verb 'let us revolt.' Nimrod was the world's first dictator and the tower was being built to worship astrology and to push the envelope of man's technological achievements (Gen 11:3). Genesis 11:4 says that the people wanted to make a name for themselves. They did not say 'let us honor God's name'.

Ever since then, man has been wanting to make a name for himself, supplanting God in his endeavors either by failing to acknowledge His means or by plowing ahead in ambition absent the Holy Spirit. I've noticed today four headlines that are examples of this in today's world:

Man is using DNA to re-imagine warfare...

Dept. of Defense may begin collecting and mapping genome of all military personnel
"A new report from a highly influential group of scientists [The JASON Group] is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel. Pentagon officials believe gene-mapping all military personnel could lower health costs within the military and help scientist learn a great deal about the link between fighting and genetics. So, “what’s the big deal, why does it matter?” The report sneakily inserted the possible idea of the weaponization of genetic information into the report. “It may be beneficial to know the genetic identities of an adversary,” it says. The Department of Defense will be in charge of the giant database housing the soldiers records and will likely benefit by organizing personnel data into phenotypes for the military." source

JASON is an independent group of scientists which advises the United States government on matters of science and technology. The group was first created as a way to get a younger generation of scientists—that is, not the older Los Alamos and MIT Radiation Laboratory alumni—involved in advising the government. It was established in 1960 and has somewhere between 30 and 60 members. For administrative purposes, JASON's activities are run through the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit corporation in McLean, Virginia, which contracts with the Defense Department. JASON typically performs most of its work during an annual summer study. Its sponsors include the Department of Defense (frequently DARPA and the United States Navy), the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Intelligence Community. Most of the resulting JASON reports are classified.

Man is using technology to re-create extinct animals for no reason...

Cloning might create live woolly mammoth
The extinct woolly mammoth could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology, a Japanese researcher says.

Man is re-engineering one of God's creatures...

[W]hat if there were a way to breed poultry that are genetically resistant to H5N1 or any other avian flu virus, thus severing a major link in the flu's evolutionary chain? That's what a team of scientists in Britain tried to do recently, and they were remarkably successful. The result, reported in a study in the Jan. 13 issue of Science, is genetically engineered chickens that, while they're still vulnerable to H5N1, don't seem to pass on the disease to other poultry.
Man is re-wiring human brains...
This minimally invasive method of generating neural plasticity allows us to precisely manipulate brain circuits, which cannot be achieved with drugs. Pairing sounds with VNS provides that precision by rewiring damaged circuits and reversing the abnormal activity that generates the phantom sound." 

I am not saying technology is bad. I am not saying technology is good. Technology is technology, by itself it's inherently neither. It is only after man overlays his own uses upon technology that it becomes evil or good. And if the new technology is being managed by a humanity that has no moral compass grounded from the bible, then that technology could go in any direction. It always does.

Secondly, there are always unintended consequences to everything that man produces, but especially in the technological realms. Only God is omniscient, knowing the end from the beginning. We do not know how a new technology will be used in the future. We make all safeguards against improper use but because we are not omniscient, we will miss something. That is why we rely on the omniscient God to guide us in all our ways. Because He knows! Absent His guidance, as God said in Genesis 11 at the conclusion of the tower of Babel incident, "And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them." (Gem 11:6b). Quite often, we are not ready for what we unleash on the world, yet man must still suffer the unintended consequences. God also takes seriously when we worship created things instead of the Creator and exchange the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25; Jeremiah 13:25).

This spate of few is but a tiny fraction of the scientific and technological headlines being published every day around the world. God made creation. But man is busy re-creating it in his own image. This will not be allowed to go on indefinitely. As in Genesis 11:5 states, at a certain point "the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built" he will come down again, and take action. As a globe, we are lost and will be judged. That is prophesied and will come true. The unforgiven will fall on their faces, every tongue confessing He is Lord and every knee bowing in belated acknowledgement that He is King. As individuals, however, we always have the option to turn to Him and acknowledge His sovereignty over creation, and over our souls until the moment we breathe our last! If you repent, and make Him your Lord, when you face Him, you will be able to stand, His forgiveness and love holding you up.

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  1. Here is my take. Technology and science were gifts from God for man to deal with all of the challenges this life throws at us. From disease to famine to the elements, God has given us the tools via our intelligence to survive all that and thrive.

    Now Satan has taken those gifts and tools given to us by God and perverted them to deceive mankind into believing there really isn't a need for God, therefore God doesn't exist. If you can explain the origins of life through science then you do not need a God for life to occur, the same with the universe-if you can explain the creation of the universe through the "big bang" then you don't need a God for the creation of the universe. Furthermore Satan has laid the groundwork since the beginning of time for this to happen. Early man explained his surroundings and events though superstitious beliefs (examples- sun gods, rain gods, war gods). So, today we look back on these societies as unsophisticated and we don't want to be associated with that so we use science to elevate ourselves above them, and ultimately above God.

    What is amazing is people can accept the theories of "the big bang" that states everything in the universe at one time fit in the space of an atom, then, for some unknown reason, decided to explode and create everything. People can accept that all of the Earths diversity just happened by coincidence. Everything fits together exquisitely and perfectly and, according to science it was all happenstance (with the odds being impossibly small for this to happen through chance)- people can accept all that, and they find it difficult or impossible to believe there is a God.

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