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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Ain't it the Truth
By Susan martin


I wonder how the outcome of the classic 1939 movie, ďThe Wizard of OzĒ would have been made if the wizard could have pulled out his laptop and did a web search for the lion to find courage, the tin man to find a heart or the scarecrow a brain. E-How has steps to getting courage, there are top notch heart surgeons and of course many colleges are available online for schooling to help give you more brain power.

Perhaps the movie would never have even been made since there would have been nothing left for the imagination. Dorothy probably wouldnít have needed to run off in the first place because she could have used Mapquest to find a different way home, and everyone would have known that a tornado was getting ready to develop if they pulled up the weatherchannel.com.

Today everyone wants an answer now for whatever ails them or for whatever thought that pops into their heads. We are now prepared when we see our doctor because we did a symptom search to diagnose what we think we have so our doctor can treat us accordingly; of course we also know what the best medication for them to prescribe for us as well. I have a bad habit of doing a web search of any medication that I am given and wouldnít you know I somehow manage to get all of them.
When I fractured my femur last year in a motorcycle accident I was constantly doing searches to find out how long the healing is going to take, what exercises I can do to speed up my recovery, even down to finding out that the screws were the culprit of the continued pain I was having and I able to convince my doctor to remove them with facts to back me up.

I would not say that the internet is always 100% accurate, but I thing we, as a society, have come to regard it as our bibles Ė a very present help in time of need. It is always accessible 24/7. If you canít sleep, just get up and Google how to fall back to sleep. The question for us now is have we let the internet take the place of God? After all isnít God available to us 24/7?

Spiritually many have turned to the search engines to seek answers that only God can give them through His word. Oh sure we can access bibles online and do all kinds of keyword searches to find a verse and there is really nothing wrong with that, but somehow searching scripture online isnít the same as opening your bible to whatever piece of scripture is there and reading it and trying to see what God is telling us.

After all God inspired these men to physically write these things by hand for all to read. I like to carry my bible with me when I go away on vacation so I can go find a quiet place to read it, especially when I spend quiet time on the beach. Oh sure I could probably get some wireless connection somehow to Google my verses, but I can always shake the sand out of the bible; I canít say the same for what could happen to my laptop.

So I will probably continue to find a bible verse search on the internet when God gives me part of one, but as soon as I find out where it is I will grab my bible and read it out of there. because that is where I find my comfort and strength. I also know that when the power or cable goes out, I can still continue reading, even if it is by candlelight, but after all isnít that what the writers of the bible used anyways?

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C D Swanson 10/21/11
Excellent messages throughout this entire piece. I enjoyed it, it was truth-and Jeus is truth.

I especially loved this powerful comment:

"Spiritually many have turned to the search engines to seek answers that only God can give them through His word." Amen!

I loved this-thank you so much. God Bless you~
Jan Ackerson 10/22/11
Your strongest criterion was #4 (strong start)--I was very interested in your Oz references, and it pulled me into your piece, wondering what your point would be.

The weakest is probably #5 (conclusion). I feel that you went one sentence too long--the stronger conclusion would have been with taking comfort from your Bible, not with the candlelight reference.

This was very firmly on topic (#1)--good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/22/11
This was an interesting read and a creative take on the topic Below is the ratings criteria with my opinion on a 0-5 scale.

Topic 4.5 This was spot on topic.

Creativity 3.8 I really like the Wizard of Oz take. I thought it was quite fresh.

Comphresion: 3.0 You had a clear message that many can relate to.

Craft 2.9 You had a few errors, thing instead of think. You were missing some commas, as well as switching tenses. There were also a few sentences that I had to reread a few times to understand it.

Start 3.9 I thought it was agreat start andyou piqued my curiosity.

End 3.3 The ending was nice and satisfying.

Flow 3.0 You did a nice job taking me throughout thestory and keeping my interest.

Publishable: 3.0 I think this could be the start. of agreat devotion.
Linda Goergen10/23/11
I loved the beginning of this with the pondering the Wizard of Oz! Then you continue on with many truths! I giggled at people Googling their medical conditions, but it is so true, I do it! LOL I also agree with reading the bible online, I canít do it either, there is just something about having my bible in my hands! You wrapped a very interesting message around the topic and I enjoyed the read! Well done!
Mildred Sheldon10/31/11
Thank you for a very enjoyable story. It grabbed my attention from beginning to end.