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The Question Google Should Never Be Asked

We live in an unbelievable age. One where seemingly every question can be answered by the mere tapping of our fingertips.

QuestionWith their cell phones our youth now have more computing power in their hands than global super computers had when many of us were growing up.

As a historical novelist I can’t even imagine how much more difficult my predecessors had it in conducting basic research prior to conveniences provided by the Internet.

Want to know how to repair a leaking sink? Google it. Interested in learning how to dance the two-step? Google it. Solve a math equation? Win a trivia bet? Prune a tree? Google it. Google it. Google it.

So if we can get the answer to every question imaginable to man on Google, why do we bother asking God anything?

Sadly…many people don’t. Until there is a challenge in their lives and their only question is “Why, why, why?”

Nearly two thousand years before the advent of the world wide web the Apostle Paul warns us about pushing away from God’s wisdom:

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”
1 Cor 3:19

That’s probably why it’s no surprise some of the top inquiries of Google include: “What is twerking?” “How to kiss” and “How to flirt”.

But even more disturbing is when people rely on Google or Oprah or People Magazine for answers to some of life’s most challenging questions. What should I do about my spouse’s infidelity? How do I deal with grief? How should I raise my children?

Yes, there are powerful Biblically sound resources available on the web, but there are also endless Terabytes of lies and misinformation.

In the Book of Jeremiah God reveals He can provide us with access to critical inside information well beyond the limits of Google:

3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Jer: 33:3

So why don’t we rely more on God than Google?

A fair response by some may be, “I don’t know how to ask God a question.”

Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing God explains there are many ways in which we can discern the will of our Creator. We can hear His voice through the reading of the Bible, the counsel of Godly friends, prayer, during worship and even through the lessons of the circumstances in our lives.

The more we seek life’s answers in this way and the less we rely on popular culture, the clearer His voice becomes in every aspect of our journey.

Yet for many, this is not new knowledge. This isn’t what is holding us back. We know how to ask God a question.

We just aren’t sure we’ll like His answer.

What is the greatest challenge in your life? Are you willing to trust God with the solution?

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5 Responses to The Question Google Should Never Be Asked

  1. Hey Michael. I used to be naive and believe that MOST people were saved. Now I know that is not the case. Most children’s writers that I know are not saved. SO SAD. And you’re right, they ask Google everything under the sun. Google is their god. But I’m thankful that I rely on the One True Maker of the universe. I am saved by THE Blood. I’m glad you are too. Great post. So good to see you posting. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Corey says:

    You ask why don’t people read the Bible to answer questions like “What should I do about my spouse’s infidelity? How do I deal with grief? How should I raise my children?”

    It’s because people want specific advice. Take the question “how do I deal with grief?” If you google that, you’ll find a link to WebMD with accurate and helpful information about the stages of grief and strategies for dealing with it.

    The flipside is that the Bible is not well suited to giving specific advice, because many of us interpret it metaphorically. Take the last question “How do I raise my children?” The Bible says, for example, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” Sure, you have to set clear rules and expectations for your children and if they break them, there have to be consequences. That’s the metaphorical wisdom in my opinion. But should you literally beat your children? I would say no, because that teaches children that they can get what they want, or control other people through violence.

    You might not want to interpret the bible metaphorically but then you’re stuck following advice like this:

    If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. — Deuteronomy 21:18-21

    I don’t know about you, but I would never kill my children.

  3. Corey…you’re absolutely right. I don’t think you should apply passages of the Bible that you don’t fully understand. And truthfully, there are many, many passages that I look forward to understanding fully and completely when I make it to Heaven. At the same token, I could pull out dozens and dozens of Biblical scripture on raising children that you would have a hard time arguing with the basic logic or common sense and (I would guess) would have no problem agreeing with in full. But if you want to pull out a few difficult passages and conclude that the Bible has no merit at all in providing advice on raising children this is where we will respectfully disagree. I have three daughters. I imagine you’ll agree that if I was to Google “young girls” in seeking advice I would get results that would make me want to vomit. I was flipping the TV this weekend and came across the Oprah station where someone was giving “spiritual advice” and it was so off base I had to turn the TV off. Hey, I love Google. It helps an idiot like me to find out how to fix things. But when it comes to the important things in life, you may have much more faith in Google, but I’ll stick to my Bible.

  4. Phyllis says:

    Just reading these remarks, and I appreciate your response to Corey and I wanted to tell you so. Keep writing; someone needs to read your thoughts.

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