For decades people have been discussing the effects of the information explosion and how it affects the human mind. It has been said that a weekly edition of the New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in an entire lifetime in seventeenth-century England.
There are 300,000 new book titles and more than 9000 periodicals published every year.
Even back in 1934, Jose Ortega y Gasset warned that books were so prolific they were “turning against humankind.”
Standing out in the midst of the sea of information is one book that has benefitted mankind in more ways than can be measured. It contains all that we need to know about life and how to live it as our Creator intended (2 Timothy 3.16,17). While this book is a veritable treasure chest of helpful information for life today, it contains basic information that is essential to being assured of life eternal.
The Bible says that every member of the human race has a problem. It identifies that problem as “sin.” Any action or thought that falls short of God’s perfect standard of holiness is sin. None of us meets that perfect standard because we all have sinned (Romans 3.23). This problem is compounded by the fact God is a holy God and cannot tolerate sin. The Bible says that, as a consequence of our sin, we are separated from God, unable to have fellowship with Him (Habakkuk 1.13). The Bible says that the ultimate result of our sin is death, both physical (ultimate separation from our body and loved ones) and spiritual (separation from God) (Romans 6.23).
The dreadful thing about this problem is that there is absolutely nothing we ourselves can do to remedy it. Anything we might try to do, even our very best efforts and good works, are unavoidably tainted by our sin and therefore unacceptable to God insofar as attaining forgiveness for our sin (Isaiah 64.6).
But the Bible says that there is a remedy!
The remedy has been provided, as a free gift, through the person of Jesus Christ (Romans 6.23). The Bible says that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus, His only Son, to die in our place [to pay our penalty] so that whoever would believe in Him would receive eternal life (John 3.16; 1 John 4.10). In other words, we need not be separated from Him forever!
The Bible says that Jesus is the ONLY solution for our problem (John 14.6). The Bible says that this remedy is applied through faith, totally apart from any personal efforts and good works (Ephesians 2.8,9). There is no other remedy for our problem apart from this free gift of God.
Do you agree, in this age of information overload, that this information about the universal problem of mankind and its only remedy is certainly relevant to you? If so, then there is an additional bit of information that is essential for you to know: It is not enough to merely know about your problem and the remedy. It is not enough to know about your sin and about Jesus and His death on the cross to pay the penalty for sin. You must receive this free gift of salvation by turning from any confidence you have placed in anything or anyone, for attaining forgiveness and eternal life, and trusting in Christ alone (John 1.12). All of us have the problem of sin. Jesus Christ offers the only remedy, secured through His death on the cross. Each of us must trust Him.
What will YOU do with this information?
· You can accept God’s gift of salvation by trusting in Christ (1 John 5.11-13).
· You can reject God’s gift of salvation by choosing to trust some other means of your own devising, thereby forfeiting that which is offered to you through the ONLY way (John 14.6).
· You can put off the decision until a more convenient time, running the risk that none of us have the guarantee of more time (James 4.13,14). Death could come for any of us today and then it would be eternally too late.
Is there any reason why you should not accept God’s gift by trusting Christ today?
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Biggs, Mary. “Information Overload and Information Seekers: What We Know About Them, What to Do About Them.” The Reference Librarian 25/26 (1989): 411-429.