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by Dan Blankenship
Have you read part in the Bible that talks about men having to give account for every careless word they have spoken? The exact wording is found in Matthew, Chapter 12:36 (NIV). It reads, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the ‘Day of Judgment’ for every careless word they have spoken.”
When I first read that verse I was convinced that Jesus could not have meant for this warning to be taken literally. After all, how is it possible for every single negative comment spoken by every past, present, and future inhabitant of our world to be transcribed for later review?
Well, I no longer believe that Jesus was speaking figuratively.
Why the sudden change in my thinking? Computers. Yes, modern day computer technology has convinced me that it is completely possible for each and every man and woman upon this planet to have his or her words recorded for further review. As IBM and others work to take the quantum computer to its most advanced stages, it is only a matter of time until computer technology catches up with the capability of the human brain. And, of course, since God is the creator of everything, including the science that allows computers to record, store, and search data faster than we ever thought possible, is it beyond God to keep record of every word spoken, no matter how populated the planet? Of course not.
Do I know how God manages to store all the data for review on Judgment Day? Absolutely not. But I do know that the Creator of everything must also possess the same technology as His creation – us.
Some neurologists and scientists believe we may never truly understand all the intricate details of how the human brain really works. That doesn’t discourage them from continuing their studies. Nor should our lack of understanding how Judgment Day will bring about a formal list of carelessly spoken words cause us to ignore the warning that such a list will be made. If Jesus said it, I believe it, and I need to adhere to it.
It is quite possible that God and the angels have access to computers that make today’s computers seem like mere toys. Perhaps those computers are designed to record wireless signals sent from our brains to a world we have not yet seen.
As farfetched as my theory might seem, when we read about the new Jerusalem and all of its physical characteristics (see Rev. 21:1-27 NIV), it becomes quite clear that heaven is a physical realm much like we know today. Only, in the world to come, all things will be made new, a rebirth that will allow scientists to fully comprehend the human brain and people to have computers that won’t need virus protection programs.
Regardless if my theory about God owning the ultimate data bank is correct or incorrect, I believe it is in our best interest to control our careless words. Some amazing people have also attached success to being able to control their negligent expressions.
The 1st Century writer BC Latin writer Publilius Syrus said, “Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.”
The classical Greek Philosopher Plato stated, “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”
American humorist and entertainer Will Rogers may have said it best: “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
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