Discussion 2 [43]

Instructions
Write 1 thread of at least 250 words. You must support your  assertions with at least 1 citation in current APA format. Acceptable  sources include Cisco material, the Bible, and scholarly journals. You  must also reply to the 2 threads below. Each reply must be at  least 100 words.

Topic: How has today’s technology changed over the 20 years? From a biblical perspective, are these changes good or bad? (250 words)

Replies (100 words each)
Thread 1 Reply
  Today’s Technology DB2  Collapse          
Greetings everyone,
Technology has changed in many ways with one drastic change being  how many people use cell phones today. According to Hillyer (2020),  there were 740 million cell phone subscriptions worldwide. Now, there  are more than 8 billion cell phone subscriptions worldwide. I believe  this has changed people for the better because it allows us to be more  in contact with people accross the world. With cell phone usage  increasing, so does media, climate action, and healthcare.
Looking at how technology has changed in the past 20 years from a  biblical perspective is quite different from how the world perceives  these changes. According to Seet (2000), we should be grateful for how  technology is changing thins around us, but we should not welcome  everything such as cloning. “We must also oppose any technique of  cloning a human being from one other human being. This bypasses God’s  sacred institution of marriage and family life and thus it diminishes  the fifth commandment. We must also oppose any efforts of technology to  breed a superior race of perfect people.” Seet (2000). From a biblical  perspective, some technology is good, but some technology is bad to the  point where it would be bypassing God’s institution. Sometimes the  technology we use is meant for good, but is used for evil by the wrong  people such as nuclear technology. It was created to generate  electricity, but people have found ways to destroy people and even  cities with this new type of technology.
Christians cannot stop/prevent how technology is changing the  world, but they can choose not to act on some of the things that are  being invented such as the cloning process. What Christans can do as a  group, and even a society, is to teach everyone what is good and what is  evil. How people can be percieved by their actions such as using  nuclear technology to kill innocent people even though they could of  went down the other path and gereated electricity.

Thread 2 Reply
  DB 2 The 20-Year Tech Change  Collapse          
In  retrospect of the technological advancements made over the past twenty  years, one can conclude that this generation has benefited from these  innovations in more ways than one. It is dependent on one’s opinion  whether these changes are helpful or hurtful; however, it helps to  consider the what God’s Word says when making such judgements. 
Before  one decides technological changes are good or bad, he or she should  analyze the ways and areas in which technology has progressed over the  last twenty years. For example, the field of communication has seen a  drastic change in how people communicate as textual, visual, and audio  media can be sent, received, and stored instantly across a plethora of  hand-held, wireless devices. More specifically, cloud-syncing messaging  on Apple devices, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom visual calls, larger cell  phone bandwidth, cloud storage, e-mail, and remote server and database  access are prime ways technology has advanced for users in work and  leisure environments throughout the globe. Technology has also changed  the way people and organizations socialize and network through social  media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other interfaces  for personal or corporate use. The field of music, art, and  entertainment has also seen a drastic change in terms of how art is  created or recorded, stored, streamed, and accessed in real-time.  Transportation, medicine, and engineering fields have experienced  exponential advancements including, but not limited to, medical research  and treatment, advanced computer-driven, unmanned vehicles, aerospace  and aircraft vehicles and systems, and environmental-friendly buildings  and devices. In addition, school and work settings have changed the way  individuals learn and accomplish corporate goals from remote  environments. One area many people fail to consider is data digitization  in libraries throughout the globe. Because history is crucial to  preserving a society, libraries used to be considered centers of  information; however, with the technological push toward digital  records, they have changed the way data is stored, accessed, and  maintained for users online and on-site ((Lee, 2021, pg. 576). There are many other areas that technological advancements have impacted; however, these are just a few. 
Looking  through a biblical perspective, pros and cons do exist in terms of  these innovations. Positive changes include research, development, and  treatment interfaces in the field of medicine in addition to the global  spread of God’s Word and truth over the Internet. However, there are  negative impacts as well. These include the decrease in physical social  interactions, community engagement, a weakening in grammatical  conversations and familial and friendly bonds, a shortage in essential  skills, survival experience, and church involvement, and the overbearing  influence of a person’s physical image instead of conduct and  character. In a sense, technology has become the focus of many to the  point that it turns into idolatry of self instead of zealous love for  God. 1 Corinthians 10:14 encourages believers to especially “flee from  idolatry” as God’s beloved children (KJV 2017). Therefore, it is  important that believers maintain their relationship with Jesus Christ  as their main priority because He alone satisfies the soul in every area  of life.