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February 18, 2020 - Information Overload

For most of human history, information was scarce. And it travelled no faster than horseback or what the wind could carry across water. In the War of 1812, for instance, between the United States and Great Britain, hundreds of soldiers died in the Battle of New Orleans because word had not gotten back that the war had ended! People died because of a lack of good information.

That certainly isn’t our problem today, is it? We are heavily, heavily immersed in the Information Age. Our brains are constantly bombarded with information that comes to us at pretty much at the speed of a mouse click. And though studies have been done which warn about what all this is doing to our memory or our minds in general (and most indicate that what it does is not particularly good), there’s another question that needs to be asked: What is the difference between information and truth?

Sure, we have literally a world of information out there, but how much truth? How much of what’s out there is true, or even if true, really matters? One could guess, with good reason, that the vast majority, while maybe informative (after all that’s what information is), entertaining, even useful (YouTube have everything you need to do just about anything)—in most cases does not lead to a knowledge of The Truth, Jesus Christ.

That’s why, every day, we need to immerse our minds in the Word of God. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. What we need isn’t more information; we need more truth - we need more of Jesus.

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