Just on a whim, I decided to check on how many sites dealt with Bible topics and found that there were 123,000,000. I felt pretty good about that, at least the Bible was well represented. Then I wondered about how big a hold Satan had on the Internet and typed in the word Sex and to my dismay found that there were 425,000,000 sites related to that subject. Three and a half times as many as were related to the Bible.
Would you believe that there are approximately 12,330,000 people out there that are going to do the same searches I did just to check my facts? OK, I just made that up, it may just be you, but we love facts don't we?
There are, however, hundreds of thousands of people who each day "go online" and search the Internet for facts. Almost anything you want to know can be found on the Internet! But even with that being true, it is not the place we will find the ultimate knowledge. The Scriptures speak of people who are always looking for fact, for knowledge, but are never satisfied or never able to understand the things which are really important.
Paul warns the younger Timothy of grave danger:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7 NIV).
The King James translates that last phrase "never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Knowledge in and of itself is never enough; there is always something lacking, always a desire for more. What will fill us and satisfy us is when we discover the words that give eternal life. Jesus gives us these words. Remember what Peter said to the Lord Jesus in a time of confusion? "You alone have the words that give eternal life" (John 6:68 NLT).
I would suggest to you that if you want those words of life, they can be found without the Internet and even without the use of a computer. They can be found by simply dusting off that book on the coffee table, The Bible, and reading it. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, nothing high tech — just sit down and read it, and begin by listening to Jesus in one of the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament.
It is in this great cause that I, Paul, have become a prisoner of Christ Jesus for you gentiles. For you must have heard how God gave me grace to become your minister, and how he allowed me to understand his secret by giving me a direct revelation. What I have written briefly of this above will explain to you my knowledge of the mystery of Christ. This secret was hidden to past generations of mankind, but it has now, by the Spirit, been made plain to God’s consecrated messengers and prophets (Ephesians 3:1-5 Phillips Translation).
Embrace the mystery. Get more than knowledge. Find the words of eternal life!