Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jesus and TED: A Musing…

Who is Jesus, and what has he done for us and our world? These are questions I’ve been
 pondering this summer. What does he mean for us as 21st century believers who live in a technological and scientific age? I mean, especially about salvation. If there’s anything I’ve learned by watching and listening to TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks—which is one of my favorite past times—is that these erudite, hype, and compelling TED speakers preach that salvation comes through technology. I even heard a TED talk employ the theologically tinged phrase, “resurrection biology,” to describe a process in which DNA from extinct species (like carrier pigeons) could be manipulated and placed into similar living species to bring this extinct bird species “bring them back to life.” If that’s true—and a host of other problems technology will fix—then who needs Jesus’s resurrection? And do we even know if he’s planning to bring back birds from their graves? 

2 comments:

Gene W said...

The resurrection that Jesus brings happens in the Spirit realm first then the bodily follows. How could TED ever resurrect anyone in the Spirit Realm? -- Make them born again.

Greg Cootsona said...

In the end, these might simply be two different definitions of salvation. My point is that when people listen enough to the salvation by technology, they might not really believe they need the Jesus kind.