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The Jump from Horse and Buggy to the Electronic Age

By Chris McCann
October 4, 2016

Have you ever wondered why it is that mankind went about in horse and buggy throughout most of their time on earth until relatively recently? Why is it that after thousands of years man finally discovers electrons and enters into the electronic age? Oh, that's easy, we've evolved and gotten smarter, says the evolutionist. We're just more intelligent than those people in the past? Really? I can tell you in the area of scholarly religious writings (and it was the Christian religion that gave birth to institutions of learning we call colleges and universities today) ----that the theologians of the past were head and shoulders above any living in the modern period (last two hundred years). Even with all of our technological advancements men today fail to measure up to scholars of the past. Centuries ago, a scholar would learn Greek, Hebrew, and Latin as a basic qualification for even beginning his studies. And without electronic helps of any kind would master their material in a way that most today cannot even begin to compare to. 

People are not more intelligent today. If anything we are less intelligent than generations of the past. Looking at it from a Biblical perspective, the most intelligent human beings would have been Adam and Eve. They would have had perfectly working minds, uncluttered with all the needless baggage sin brings. Sin causes deterioration of every thing it touches. Including the human mind. Therefore, we would expect that people living closer to Adam and Eve would be more intelligent than people living further away from them (our present generation being the furthest at this point). 

So why wasn't mankind able to find out about electrons and other inventions that only came about recently (last couple of hundred years)? The answer is because God did not want man to learn about such things until the time was right. Why would God not want man to learn about technology, etc? For the same reason that he confounded man's language at the tower of Babel. And for the same reason He divided the continents in the days of Peleg. God has a specific time table for when events will occur on the earth. And God knew that if mankind were united in language, or location, that time table would be sped up and things would take place at a time God did not want. So He confounded their language and separated them in order to slow their progress. The Lord determined to slow man's progress in finding out the earth's secrets (electrons for one) because as we've seen, the discovery of these things has brought mankind together via speedy travel, phone communication, internet communication, etc. 

The modern age, in large part, has been a reversal of the tower of Babel. And as mankind comes together in this modern age, it thinks extremely highly of itself. Man thinks he's really something because he has discovered the secrets of electrons. It's no coincidence that the more advancements in technology we see, the more atheism and secularism grows in the world. "Look at us," proud man say with chest puffed out, "look what we can do." And yet, the truth is, that mankind would have stayed in their horse and buggy, if not for God opening up some of earth's secrets regarding these things. God tells us this in this verse: 

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

It has always been God's plan (the book of Daniel was written over 2500 years ago) that at the time of the end knowledge would be increased. The Lord, for His own purposes (primarily to get out His Word to the far corners of the earth) has allowed mankind to finally figure out some things about the creation. And the more man learns about this creation, the more he sees the incredible detail and complexity of it, which his advancements allow him to see---the more he should be looking up to God in wonder and awe in knowledge that only the hand of a brilliant Creator could design and bring into existence such a wonderful world and universe around him. 

But instead of acknowledging this fact, mankind, as usual, perverts and distorts it and actually believes he's arrived. He's a big deal because he's able to surf the net on a laptop, or communicate to anyone on his smart phone, or because he can touch his computer's screen and draw on it. God's in control of all things. God gives man all things to enjoy. How about instead of praising natural man for simply being the recipient of these things, we look up and thank God for not only allowing us to know a little bit of information about His creation, but for everything else also: 

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; 

You want to recognize scientists for doing good work in discovering neutrons, x-ray machines, etc, etc. OK. Fine. There is no problem in giving proper (tempered) recognition. They did indeed do well in discovering and developing these things once revealed to them. But now let the natural man recognize that it was God that made the electron, neutron, and all else. And God that opened man's mind to their potential uses. And let the natural minded individual recognize that it was and is God that provides him life, his very breath moment by moment, and all other things besides.