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Jarrod Jacobs: I Got Goggled

Almost everyone these days knows what Google is. Google is a search engine (and more) where someone can learn about almost anything on earth. “Google” began in 1996 as the research project of Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google’s mission statement is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” 

We “google” things when we want to learn about them, don’t we? In fact, to “google” something has become a part of our vernacular Thanks to search engines like Google, encyclopedias are almost unnecessary.

Someone told me they had “googled” me not long ago. This search connected them to articles I had written, sermons I had preached, and the like. This website is truly a marvel of human invention. As I thought about Google and its purpose, it made me consider the creation itself. Let me explain.

We recognize that Google is not the result of some electronic accident that occurred 26 years ago! This website, with a specific purpose or mission, was deliberately made by two men as a research project. If we can marvel at the possibilities of a website that men created 26 years ago, why is it that our society accepts as fact a belief that says things infinitely more complex than a website are the result of some cosmic “accident” that occurred 6 billion years ago? Men recognize that the creation of a website demands a creator but then believe a theory that says the creation of the universe demands nothing but chance and time! Something is not right here (See: Gen. 1:1; Ps. 33:6-9, 14:1; Matt. 19:4-6; etc.).

The next thing I see is that while Google is powerful, there are certain facts that even Google does not know. For example, regardless of what someone may find concerning me (or you) on a website, there is no website that 1) Knows as much as God knows about us. 2) Can reveal our spiritual standing before God.

God and Jesus Christ know infinitely more than Google! God and Christ know the creation and everything about them (Heb. 4:13)! The Bible declares Jesus “knew what was in man” (Jn. 2:25, 6:64). Of course, we know that this fact has not changed (Prov. 15:3)! One day Christ will sit in judgment over all mankind (Jn. 5:22, 26-27)! In so doing, His purpose will be “that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Cor. 5:10). Christ’s work includes judging “the secrets of men” (Rom. 2:16). Yes, Google is an amazing tool, but Christ knows more than Google!

Websites may post reports of the great or evil things we have done, but only Christ can know our hearts. Only Christ can say, “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Rev. 3:1). Only Christ can look at a group of people who declare, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” and say to them, “I never knew you” (Matt. 7:22-23). Christ looks into the hearts of men and women to discern “who” they really are! There is no man-made invention with such insight!

Getting “googled” is OK, but it is far better to know that I belong to Christ and He knows me! (Col. 3:2-3) Do you belong to Christ (Mk. 16:16)?


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