By Al Colombo, GKO Publisher
There were never any guarantees given to any of us in life. Even in the world of high-technology, when a guarantee is given, you know that it's you, yourself that must pay for it. No one gives anything to anyone, unless it be from the heart of man. I don't want to pretend that I know and understand all that I see, hear, and spiritually discern, but one thing I do know: the battlefield of the 21st Century will be in the mind and heart of man, the invisible world that exists around and within us.
I hate no man, and I pray no man hates me. But, as I begin to gain a better understanding of God's Word, I know that I cannot waiver from the mission that God has for my life. None of us, not one man, not even Lucifer, can alter what God intends for His creation. Jesus Christ will one day soon reign on Earth in all His Glory and nothing that anyone or anything can do will change that. Why? Because it already happened--someplace and some time.
I understand that there's a war raging within each of us, but I also know that there is help for those who want it: Jesus Christ. He gave His life for each of us and all we must do is allow Him to claim us. We must begin by gaining a fundamental understanding of what and whom Jesus is, what He strove to do when He was last here on earth incarnate, and what the future holds when He finally returns. To gain such an understanding, we must turn to the New Testament Bible.
I may not look like a warrior in flesh to many, but I am so in a spiritual sense. It took me approximately 45 years of my life to realize it, although I had been exposed to a variety of spiritual experiences over the years. Believe me, some of them were frightening and hair-raising by nature, while most of them were simply instructional and thus rewarding. Of course, we all struggle with sin, no matter how close we think we are to God, and I'm no different.
Anyone who truly knows me, understands that "technology" is the love of my life. One of my vocations was that of an electronic technician, having gone to school to attain an electronics associate engineering degree. My love for electronics did not begin in 1969, however, as I had already built a shortwave radio at the age of 8, under the direction of my father, who, himself, was a "pretender" of sorts. I designed and built a variety of radio receivers and transmitters by the time I was a senior in high school, but I wanted to go further.
In the mid 1970s I began to design and build my own security systems. However, it did not take long to discover that I could buy better, more sophisticated alarm systems than I could build, and at a reasonable price. In 1977, I established my own alarm company, Alarm & Communications Co., and by 1986 I had sold it to another firm, Interstate Automatic Fire Systems.
The point of all of this is, my natural inclination is to roll with technological advancements. My nature is high-tech and I took to it like a duck takes to water. However, in and about the year 1997, all of this began to change. It was then that I began to understand that technology may not be good in every case. In fact, as I began to read about God's thoughts on the matter of technological advancement, I began to see a pattern and what I believe to be the truth regarding man's present condition.
One time I asked a Methodist minister, a man I called "Preacher" who had taken care of me for about 12 years of my life (as a babysitter), about the prospect that there may have been a civilization on Earth before Adam and Eve, our original father and mother. I asked this question because of some of the things I had read in Genesis, an account that is very vague regarding the time before Adam, and yet alluding to the possibility that there may have been others among them, but perhaps not within the Eden.
While it is true that our Old Testament Bible discusses the issue of Earth's beginning, the beginning of the Universe as we see and know it today, He gave that historical description in a rather vague manner, as a cursory overview, if you will. He then began to focus on specific areas in greater detail, but all of them pertained to our own history, not any other inhabitant's history.
Surprisingly enough, the Preacher told me that there was some talk among the ministerial that centered on this issue. He said that he had no idea whether there were really people before Adam, but certain areas of the Bible pointed to that possibility. Well, it is my belief that man does not create, only copy what he sees within his mind's eye. On what do I base that idea?
According to the Old Testament in Genesis:
3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Thus, the eyes of Adam and Eve were opened, which means they suddenly gained a point of reference. They knew they were naked because they suddenly had gained knowledge, perhaps from another civilization, or was it simply, as some have said, knowledge of good and evil? What kind of "fruit" would infuse knowledge, whether it is that of another civilization or that of simple "good" and "evil"? Could this be some sort of "genetic" event?
With this in mind, I began to ask myself questions, such as: "if technological advancement is good, then why is God so concerned with it?"
According to God's Word, when He had discovered what Adam and Eve did, He became angry (although I sometimes wonder how He wouldn't have known ahead of time what they were going to do). Further proof that the actions of Adam and Eve infused the capacity for knowledge, or perhaps knowledge itself, is related in Genesis, chapter 3, verse 22:
3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for everů
Further proof that what they had done was a bad thing is the fact that God took away their safety net by kicking them out of the Garden of a place called Eden. What did he finally say after He had done this?
3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
After carefully reading these passages, as well as many others, I came to the conclusion that what we commonly think of as "progress" is actually a matter of "digression" and nothing more. But who was it that said it was "progression?" The only person I can think of is Lucifer, as it was he that fueled the motives of the serpent mentioned in Genesis.
If you will recall, in Genesis 3:1, it says, "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"
Perhaps this is the same person that fueled Adoph Hitler in his conquest to conquer the world. Perhaps it is the same person that will fuel the motives of the anti-Christ when he makes his move to take over the world financial system. In any event, all of this has changed the way I see "technology" today. I will continue to use it, but you and I will have to know when it's time to say NO!
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