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 todays technology changed over the 20 years? From a biblical perspective, are these changes good or bad? (250 words)
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Today’s Technology DB2 Collapse
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.
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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 ones opinion whether these changes are helpful or hurtful; however, it helps to consider the what Gods 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 Gods 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 persons 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 Gods 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.