Friday, November 7, 2008

The Fallacy of Progress

We live in an era of great technological progress. Our computers keep getting faster. Our televisions keep getting sharper. Our stoves and refrigerators keep getting nicer. Progress is a nice thing!

But we make a mistake if we transfer this idea of technological progress to the theological or moral realms of life. For in these realms "the word of the Lord remains forever" (1 Peter 1:25). Jesus tells us about the unchanging stability of his words: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away" (Matthew 24:35).

Sometimes Christians are made to feel that they are "neanderthals" who are simply not with it! We are made to feel that we are stuck in a bygone era even as the world has moved on to new beliefs and a new morality.

To all of this we must have the courage to trust God's unchanging, infallible Word. God himself is unchanging, His Word is everlasting, and what he teaches us about himself and his ways are completely trustworthy.

Technological progress, scientific discoveries, new beliefs (i.e., idolatries), and new moralities (i.e., immorality) cannot alter God's Word! His Word is true, what it teaches is true, and it will be vindicated against all that opposes it.

So hang tough when you are accused of being out of touch and unwilling to change with the times. Jesus' words are still true 2000 years later: "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. " (Matthew 7:24-25).

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