How Much Has Changed?

“The world still is the same; you’ll never change it.”

— Dean Martin, You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You

I know what some of you are probably thinking: what in the heck is that in the picture? That, my friends, is one of the earliest models of the Macintosh computers, designed to be used by everyone in a common household. Technically speaking, it was the first home computer. With that being said, can you believe how far we’ve come in technology?

Write now, I am writing this post on a MacBook Pro. Mathematically speaking, this laptop has specs that are literally 30,000 times better than a computer that was released over twenty years ago, and it still considered to be inferior to the current standards of RAM, processing power, and display.

Not only have the internals changed, but the Macintosh computer has evolved to become arguably one of the most beautiful computers ever put into production. Ever since I was a kid, I admired Apple products for their dedication to craftsmanship and innovation (even though they are currently losing that touch for design and engineering). All around technology has changed, for better or worse. It has come to the point where the world is completely dependent upon smart technology.

The aesthetics and the capabilities of computers have changed. I would even argue that everything around us has changed: cars, movies, sports, schools, jobs, churches, etc. But there is something that hasn’t changed. You know what it is? People. Nothing has changed about people. Now, the liberals and progressives will try to make you believe that the human race has gained more insight into the world, morality, and meaning to life. It couldn’t be further than the truth.

We say that we know more about the world, but we don’t even know 1% about our own planet. We say we have found the meaning to life, but people still commit suicide. We say man is morally good, but racism, sexism, and crime still occur. We say that we have learned from the mistakes of history, but we still choose leaders that admire the ideas of Karl Marx and Francis Galton. We say that we have found God, but the truth is that God came to us a long time ago and we actually killed Him. The world has gotten more flashy, crowded, spectacular, and high-tech. But the problem of man still remains: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 ESV)

Atheists of the Enlightenment were actually half-right about something. They believed that God didn’t exist because of the existence of so much evil in the world. Their findings were correct; mankind has done deplorable things, but that is not proof of God’s inexistence. It is proof of man’s incapability to be God or even to be like Him. We are so far removed from God that we embrace anything that is unlike Him. We purposefully chase any God except for the great I AM because we want to have nothing to do with Him. As Nietzsche wrote, “God is dead, and we have killed Him.”

This is not something new. The Bible speaks of this concept, and Reformed theologians call it total depravity. Man is incapable of coming to God or becoming like God of His own free will. On the contrary, man’s will is enslaved to His own sin, as it is written in the Scriptures, “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…” (Romans 1:24-25 ESV).

Some people still believe that man has changed to become better. How can we explain the world getting better? Simple: “But God, who is rich in mercy…” (Ephesians KJV) You think that what we have is because of ourselves? Are human beings so naïve that they are willing to believe that the human race is the author of providence? Man is not in a better place because of human intelligence or efforts, but because of God’s Grace, Goodness, and Gospel.

It was the Gospel of Jesus Christ that caused great minds like Thomas Aquinas to go into the depths of philosophy, botany, and astronomy. It was the Grace of God that saved people from addiction and falling-apart marriages. It was the Goodness of God that spared the lives of so many people from disasters or attacks that could’ve taken many more lives. The only good that has ever been witnessed in this world is because of God, and I hope that it continues until Christ returns to His Bride.

How much has changed? A lot. How much has changed in human nature? Nothing.

Nothing will ever change unless the Holy Spirit regenerates the hearts of men, so that they may look to Christ for change. Mankind will drift further and further from God unless we cry to Him and ask Him to change our world, to bring revival, and to stir our hearts for a great expansion of His Kingdom like we’ve never seen. The world groans for sanctification; it desires a change. May the Lord bring it to pass, and may He be gracious enough to let me live just long enough to see the dawn of a new era of the expansion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which I pray will come to pass.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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