I picked this subject to blog on because of a thought that came to me one day with regards to where and how people seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. There is godly wisdom, fleshly wisdom (2Co 1:12), and demonic wisdom (Ja 3:15) and it is up to us to acquire our wisdom from the right source.
Look at what the book of Proverbs says about the subject.
Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Pro 4:5
Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [Therefore] get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Pro 4:7
How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. - Pro 16:16 NKJV
The book of James in the Bibles says, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. - Jas 1:5
The wisdom in Proverbs means to be skilled, taught, instructed and shrewd; the kind of wisdom that can come from religious instruction is also defined in this word. Clearly, wisdom is good, and God wants us to have it, and He has hidden no good thing from us, we just need to seek it.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. - John 14:26
Jesus said when He left this world to ascend to Heaven that the Holy Spirit, His Spirit, would come and reside within God’s people. This Spirit is the wisdom and counsel of God (Isa 11:2) and is the ultimate Person to receive our knowledge from.
Okay, back to the question, is Google more famous than Jesus Christ? One day my husband and I were dropping our granddaughter off at school and on the way had a conversation that led my husband to challenge me to “Google” the thing in question.
As I got out of the car to let my granddaughter out a couple that was walking by were debating something, and one of them said, “just Google it,” and my cute little granddaughter started chanting “Google it, Google it.” It seems that “just Google it” is a response to almost everything someone has a question about. Google proves one to be right or wrong, or so we seem to think. Google has certainly become an everyday word in our culture. I told my husband that if more people would “just ask God,” this world would be a better place!
Beetles Declare the End to Christianity
Some of you may remember or have heard about a time in 1966 when John Lennon of the Beetles said: “Christianity will go.” “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I know I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first – rock & roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” He later lamented and said, “If I’d said, Television is more popular than Jesus,’ I might have got away with it!” (Rolling Stones)
The sad thing is that John Lennon was not completely wrong with all that he stated. The Bible talks about a great apostasy or falling away from Christianity. Let no one deceive you by any means; for [that Day will not come] unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, - 2Th 2:3
Lennon also said he could have stated that TV was more popular than Jesus and gotten away with it. I say that Google has become more popular than Jesus, but I don’t say it as a means to blasphemy God but simply as a perspective of where people put their energy, time, and faith at.
The Bible is the God-breathed inspired word of God, accurate and inerrant. The Bible is full of mysteries that we are encouraged to seek out. God says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
- Jer 33:3 and It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. - Pro 25:2 NIV
So why are so many people willing to “Google” anything and everything in spite of knowing that Google is of men for men? Why are so many people willing to search out a matter according to man’s wisdom and knowledge and not God’s? One of the reasons is because most people are not in a relationship with God and are not aware that His word is full of wisdom and instruction that is useful for all things. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Ti 3:16 NLT
Many people today, perhaps most of them, that say they are Christians are uneducated in their own religion’s doctrine. Therefore, they do not know that the Bible is relevant for today just as it was when it was being originated. There is a breakdown between Christianity and the written, God-breathed, inspired word which has led our nation into a level of corruption that is almost unbearable. Without knowledge, people perish! The fact that Jesus Christ was, is, and will always be the Word of God is a very little-known fact among Christians today, and I believe if they knew and understood this fact about Jesus, they might reconsider their lack of attention to the Bible.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. - Jhn 1:1-3
We Have All Knowledge in Jesus Christ
Everything that pertains to life and godliness has been given to us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2Pe 1:3). This one verse in the Bible should be enough to make us stop and think about what we know and don’t know about life and how to live it according to God’s desire. Of course, if we are not interested in living a godly life, then this world has plenty of answers of its own.
I don’t want to beat up on Google too much because I actually use it and other search methods every day when I am looking for information. Google is a great way to find out all kinds of information and can definitely be used for much good. However, I also believe the internet is found to be much more relevant for today's culture as the Bible sits on shelves getting dusty yet it holds the very secrets to the universe! Google is a great tool for researching, but it does not hold the answers that pertain to life, only Jesus Christ has those.
When a person searches a topic that is spiritual they are not likely going to find Jesus Christ first but they are going to find a plethora of spiritual paths that can lead them down a road of destruction. If an individual does not know what they are looking for, they may end up in a false religious system or a cult. Interestingly enough it was actually the Beetles that helped make Hinduism so popular in America.
People search out spiritual matters via the internet may also find themselves steeped in witchcraft or satanism as this kind of resource is readily available on the web, even to the point of teaching one how to be a Pagan. According to a recent article in The Telegraph the number of Americans who identify as witches now outpace the total number of Presbyterians – 1.5 million. Seriously? Why in the world would people want to turn to such wickedness? Perhaps it is because the Christianity they have been taught or have seen in society is one of hypocrisy and weakness. Or perhaps the Jesus they have been taught is one of a grace to sin instead of grace to be free from sin!
Many people think that Jesus Christ is Love and they are right. But, if a person’s perspective of love is one of “anything goes as long as it makes a person feel good,” then they are not really knowledgeable on the topic of love or Jesus. Jesus said, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. - Mat 7:13.”
There is a way that seems right to man, but it actually leads to death. Love is not something that fulfills the “lust” of the flesh but rather something that was originally designed by God that was pure, undefiled, and life-giving. Today the world sees love as something that is perverse according to the word of God. Love actually has rules that keep us safe, but in a nation that has become rebellious against authority, there is no allowance for love and rules. God created a plan to keep people safe; He said "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” - Deu 30:19
When God designed the “rules to live by,” He did so knowing the end from the beginning and not so that He could deprive us of fun. The devil has convinced people that they are missing out if they give their lives to God when in fact they are setting themselves up for disaster. God knew where certain behaviors would lead us long before we ever took those paths. God knew there would be sexually transmitted diseases and if a person had sex outside the covenant protection of marriage, they might end up with one. God also knows that there are demonic spirits behind other so-called gods and when a person gets involved with certain practices or religions, they may end up demonically oppressed.
Think of it this way; your parents were aware of certain dangers that could bring harm to your life while you were growing up, so they put rules in place to protect you. Rules like look both ways before you cross the street, don’t take candy from strangers, or don’t touch that it will burn you. If earthly fathers and mothers can know ways to protect us why wouldn’t the Creator Father know even more so?
Heavenly Father, thank You for the direction, wisdom, counsel, and understanding that You have given us through Jesus Christ. Thank You for giving us the free will to choose between life and death and for the power of Your Spirit to help us choose rightly. I ask You today to forgive me for all of the wrong and sinful choices I have made in the past and ask that You would help me to begin a fresh journey on the narrow path that Jesus spoke about. I’m ready to lay down the wisdom of the world and pick up Your word. In Jesus name, Amen