Friday, February 11, 2005


"Like the mind of God"?

You know, when you look around it's not hard to find violations of God's Law, but it's only occasionally that I find one in huge print right on the cover of a magazine. The magazine in question is the January 2005 issue of MIT's Technology Review, and the topic has to do with the war between Google and competing Web search engines, in particular a new one from Microsoft. On the table of contents, we read that "Google wants to organize all digital information." This, I suppose, is the "reason" why the editors chose to put the following on the cover, in huge type, with the first word in the style of the famous Google logo:

God. But for How Long?

Inside the magazine, we find a quote from one of the founders of Google, Sergey Brin, who says, "The perfect search engine would be like the mind of God." Perhaps this quote is the inspiration for the magazine's cover.

For my money, these abuses of the name of God is yet another example of how fallen humanity strives to ignore and belittle Almighty God, thinking so lightly of him as to think nothing of attributing deity to a man-made entity, in this case a mere Web search engine. Oh, I'm sure that in this instance the reference to "God" was made in jest, and may not have been made with any intention of causing offense, but in any case I have a news flash: taking the name of God lightly does indeed qualify as taking his name in vain, a violation of the Third of the famous Ten Commandments.

With all due respect to the powerful and extremely useful services which Google provides--services which I myself use almost daily--it will never approach the perfect knowledge of God, so I submit that Mr. Brin and the editors of Technology Review have some repenting to do for their abuse of the name of Deity, not because I say so, but because the Bible says that he will by no means clear the guilty. There would be no sin in asserting Google to be a powerful and excellent service, but a line is crossed when it is compared to God in any way, shape, or form, even in a light-hearted manner. They may scoff at such a notion if they like, but as I wrote the other day, they cannot and will not escape the Almighty, Sovereign, Inescapable God, no matter how they try to laugh or scoff him out of their minds.

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