Ashley Madison Hack Shows How Technology Will Expose the Sin In Our Hearts

Rev. Christopher Benek is the associate pastor of Family Ministries and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Rev. Christopher Benek is the associate pastor of Family Ministries and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

As technology continues to increasingly develop it exposes human intention while eliminating our privacy. The result of this accelerating trend is that the confidentiality that we currently maintain as persons will continue to erode. As such, we should begin to prepare ourselves for the biggest reveal of all: The day when technology exposes the thoughts of our mind.

In the Bible, Jesus tells us that there are intentions in our hearts that aren’t good for us. Among these motives are fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, and folly. In other passages (Matthew 5:21-26, Matthew 5:27-30) he warns persons about the consequences of being angry at, or lusting after others, comparing and/or equating those mental actions with murder and adultery.

To many, such spiritual formation of the heart and mind away from evil may seem meaningless but I think that our experience with, and observation of, developing technologies is proving otherwise.

Presently, we are witnessing technology’s increasing ability to expose secrets about people. Access to analytics about people’s interests, physical locations and activities are on the rise. Additionally, we monitor many of our motions and our physiological functions, like heart rate and body temperature. A whole market of wearable technology has emerged to provide us instant access to data that, in the past, we generally received during hospital visits.

It thus seems fair to speculate that these advancements are going to, one day in the future, move beyond our external actions and basic medical functions and begin to increasingly access our thoughts and feelings. While this may sound a bit like science fiction, scientists are actually, right now, working diligently to try and discover ways to know what people are thinking and feeling by means of emerging technology. And, while the progress in such areas has been somewhat slow compared to the pace of other budding technologies, advancements are steadily being made.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Christopher Benek

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