The advent of technology is eroding away some of the old cultures we enjoyed in church growing up. I remember we used to sing this song as kids
I have a wonderful treasure;
The gift of God without measure;
We will travel together;
My Bible and I.
In those days, praying with the bible a.k.a sword gave us special confidence. We would open to a particular scriptural passage and quote copiously from it while praying.
In those days, pastor made sure we attended church services with our bibles. Members who had only Gideon’s New Testament version were encouraged to acquire the complete version. Ability to carry big bibles was regarded as hallmark of good Christians. I remember some guys then who were shy to come to church with their big bibles were sent home by their parents to go fetch their big bibles.
Fast forward to these days of tabs and smartphones. The meaning of bible has since changed. A device plays all sorts of roles in this time and age. At work, it is part of the working tool. At home, you play games, read gossip blogs and exchange some pictures(let’s not dwell on the pictures).
Once the device enters church, it changes status automatically. It becomes the Holy Bible. And if the pastor dares members to raise their bibles up; you will see all the makers of phones and tabs ably represented.
I wonder if some passages of the bible that referred to the bible as ‘book’ would be revised in the future to read ‘e-book’. For instance, imagine instead of “this book of the law…” you read “this e-book of the law…”
These are interesting times we are in.
How does it feel reading the bible on your smartphones, do you feel you are not reading the original thing?
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