Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Truth in Love Triumphs on the Net

By most measures, the Internet is still a teenager -- not yet 20 years old.  Of course, Al Gore quibbles with that -- and clearly futurists talked about linking computers in the 70s and the Defense Department funded the research forging the building blocks of the Internet during the 80s.

But this new, energetic, strapping creation -- still a teen-ager -- show us so much about our times in its youthful exuberance.  It has the power to save lives by delivering essential knowledge and information to remote and distant places at little or no cost.  It makes our lives easier and more fulfilling as it tips us off to traffic jams, helps us find good shopping deals, and answers obscure questions in a fraction of a second.  But it also has a dark, dark side, reflecting the fact it is a human creation.  Pornography remains one of the key economic drivers advancing the net's technology.  Other sexual perversions find their full expression in this anonymous space as well.  And the financial scams, efforts to tap into our private information, and abundant offers of questionable medicines show us greed, too, can travel at the speed of light.

Some worry about this disorienting, discordant, cacophony on the net, especially in public policy discourse.  But not IFI.  We have a north star, an orientation, a rooting in faith that transcends this trend as it did in all other eras of the human experience (such as the brutal totalitarianism of the past century and the plagues of prior eras).  John Milton (1608-1674) said it well: "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength.  Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth to be put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"

Still better are the words of Jesus Christ, when He said simply (John 14:6):  "...I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me."

Veritas -- truth -- wins the battle, we know from history.  And Truth, spelled with a capital "T," God himself in the form of man, wins the War that wages all about us everyday.

So let Truth and Falsehood grapple on the Internet, or anywhere else, confident that Truth wins in the end.

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