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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: World Wide Web-Of-Lies
By Helen Curtis
10/14/11


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Search engines. There are so many different ones, but do they all really lead to the same place?

To try and answer this I looked up "Heaven" on three of the top search engines to see what their top results were.

Starting with Google, the first station I arrived at was, "Heaven Nightclub Adelaide." Apparently Belinda Carlisle was right, heaven really is a place on earth!

Jumping over to the next info-train, Bing, this time I was zipped off to a sponsored advertisement, "Cheap Heaven: Visit xyz now and compare prices." Interesting. I wonder which slice of heaven is the best value for money?

Finally, I took a ride on the Yahoo express. The first stop it made was the most interesting of all three. According to Wikipedia, many religions see heaven as "a physical or transcendental place where people who have died continue to exist in an afterlife." Oh, so close to the truth, but still so very ambiguous in its inference that "many" religions hold the same belief.

Now, I'll admit I was not overly surprised by the results. And while it was a bit of fun, it does raise some very real concerns in my mind. For example, could a person truly intent on seeking God go about using the World Wide Web to discover him? Could they sift through the ridiculous ads, misleading links (for companies that have paid to be ranked number one in such searches), and information overload and make an informed decision about spiritual matters? Is the truth of Jesus Christ strong enough to break through the myriad religions available to the internet-savvy souls of today's world?

Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, not to mention the new age Wiccan religion and psychics. All of these attest to having 'the answer' and, on the surface, they do appear to have some merit - that's why so many are drawn into their respective beliefs and practices. What they don't realise is they are being tricked into believing that all religions converge into the same heaven.

This is by no means a new concept, however its influence is perhaps magnified by the volume of information available nowadays, and by the attitude of society to be "politically correct" with regards to tolerating others. Don't get me wrong, I am all for treating others with respect, regardless of their religious beliefs. BUT, I will never be forced into denying the fundamental principal of Christianity - that there is one God, and one path by which humanity can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is imperative for believers today to remember that, regardless of the times in which we live, the Bible is still the only authority on the triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are the true keepers of our souls and hosts of the one and only Kingdom of Heaven. We must remain vigilant in our witness to the truth of Jesus Christ, of his sacrifice and resurrection on our behalf.

It is through the steadfast resolve of Christians clinging to their testimony that the truth of Christ will permeate the misinformation of the World Wide Web. Whether in social media circles or the 'real world,' Bible-believing Christians always have been, and will continue to be, the biggest advertisement for Christ to our friends and family. It's easy to be daunted by the onslaught of information we are up against, but remember God's promise from Isaiah 55:11,

"My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do." God's Word Translation, 1995


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Robert Johnson10/20/11
Good reminder to be vigilant on keeping our focus on God's word. I like the way you pulled it all together. The only thing I didn't like was the Title. I felt it came off a little too strong and maybe could have been toned down abit to draw more people in. Overall, thanks, nice effort.
Marilyn Schnepp 10/20/11
Your Title is what drew me in! The first six paragraphs were excellent, interesting and kept me glued. Then, (in my opinion plus my short attention span), it got bogged down and I lost interest. I would have liked you to immediately go directly to the one and only TRUE Search Engine..."THE BIBLE".
I liked that you picked the word "Heaven" to search, very interesting and unique. Nicely done.
CD Swanson 10/21/11
Phenomenal job! - I have only praise for this brilliant piece of work.

Very Clever- and the topic was obviously used in an ingenious fashion. I loved the entire message about God. He is our first, last and everything. It is His Word, that truly means anything in this world.

Congrats on bringing it all together. God Bless~
Theresa Santy 10/21/11
I agree with Marilyn: This essay hooked me from the first line, got me sitting up and reading attentively, and then about the seventh paragraph I started to slouch. I remember something from one of Jan's writing classes here on FaithWriters, I won't remember it exactly, but it was something like, when you write non fiction you have to be careful to be nonbiased, or rather be careful not to 'tell' the reader what he or she ought to do. The first half of the piece shows your message clearly without telling anyone what to do -- we get to figure that out for ourselves, which makes it that much more exciting.

Well done overall and my favorite paragraph is the one beginning with "Now..."
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/11
This was an interesting read and a good use of the topic. The beginning was spectacular and held my interest. The message is a good one. I did find myself having a harder time near the end. It almost felt like too much information. But it was well-written and a good message.
Leola Ogle 10/21/11
Interesting piece. Great writing! I really enjoyed this! God bless!
Patricia Protzman10/22/11
Interesting article. I got a little bogged down toward the end. Perhaps smaller paragraphs would better appeal to the reader's eye and make for easier reading. Great message.
Linda Goergen10/22/11
I really enjoyed this message! And unlike some of the others, I did not get bogged now at the end at all, in fact the last three paragraphs were my favorite as they held so much truth to me that needs saying in this accept everything society we live in today! I think you did an excellent job in not only writing on topic, but in presenting a well written, powerful message in gentle way!
Noel Mitaxa 10/23/11
I enjoyed this for its scope and its humour; and then for its honesty. Perhaps a more invitational approach towards the end would work better, for in Christ we have the living truth rather than a belief which needs us to prop it up until the end of time.
Edmond Ng 10/25/11
I totally agree with you that "It's easy to be daunted by the onslaught of information we are up against." Searching for God using a search engine is rarely useful or successful in getting us to what we are searching. Too many false teachings are trying to converge and unify various religions into one as the same way to reaching God, but none, apart from the Christian faith, mentioned a personal God and the only Way. May we be the light to the world that shows to those who are seeking and searching, the path to salvation in Christ.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/11
Congratulations for ranking 6th in level 3!