Technology has sparked quite a debate as long as contemporary worship is concerned. The blend between religion and technology is perceived lumpy, especially by a portion of the Christian faith. As to whether the Holy Book supports or agrees on the applied trends of Science, one would obviously have to extract answers from the primary source.
Most ‘men of God’ have expressed hot comments that “total devotion” to God, not worldly materials (in this case technological gadgets, know-how and pursuit of such insight) will gain one salvation beyond the borders of the existing life we live. Good point!! However, before that afterlife, man must live, hustle to earn better standards and survive on this physical planet.
The ultimate Biblical allusion is the story of creation, where God “created man in His image.” That’s how the world itself began, according to roots of the Christian faith. The Bible begins with the Supreme Being arranging the world out of previous chaos. He doesn’t stop. He creates, He makes etc.
This is a simple question to all the doubting Thomas, “If we were made in the image of God and are to honorably imitate him and He (God) is a MAKER, aren’t we in some instances supposed to be little makers too?”
In this article, we’d explore one of the Bible’s most famous tales, a turn in history when one man became mankind’s last hope for survival. We’d analyze how people of such early times, ridden of modern resources, were able to narrowly escape the aquatic apocalypse of that moment.
For those who are not fully aware of this Christian Story, let’s take a look at the beginning, Genesis 6 of the Bible.
As one gospel singer rightfully sang “…we are the cause of our problems,” the situation was no different in Noah’s time, approximately thousands of years ago. The owner of the entire universe, God almighty, had seen the leering and shameful misdeeds of the people and desired to wipe the world of the entire generation.
The forced wrath of the world’s ubiquitous supreme authority was to flow in the form of a wild flood. Noah, a human being like us, only more righteous, was good enough to find favour in the eyes of God. God contacted him and told him of the coming catastrophe. However, the Lord proposed a rescue plan too. Noah was to construct a vessel to float above the waging floods. This was going to keep all those within its confines safe. God himself offered Noah the measurements of that vessel, first of its kind, a ship. Therefore it was an invention!!
Science in Basic English language is the acquisition of knowledge through concise observation and experimentation. Technology is simply applied science, meaning, knowledge in action for the betterment of a society or individuals in question. Also, to further shed light on the issue, technology is the hardcore solution of science to any societal problem.
For instance, communication before the invention of the telephone, internet and telegraph was hard and almost impossible between most points on the planet.
The current availability of mobile phones and so much more intriguing gadgets was the answer technology had to give. Obviously, these electronic links have done more than curb the situation. It is also a known fact, that a good well-ventilated car with music beats riding a camel or horse to work.
The world as Noah knew it, was about to be washed away. He had to find something to do to save his loved ones, beyond preaching, prayer and fasting. He had to use the smart prescription given by God himself. He had to apply technology.
“(14) Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. (15) And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of; the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. (16) A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second and third stories shalt thou make it. (17) And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die (Simple KJV)”.That was the word of God.
The ‘ship’ was made of wood. We read also that this wood material for making both the interior and outer part of the ark, was covered in pitch (a kind of tar). The ark was three stories high with only one door. Plus ,the dimensions were three hundred cubits long by fifty cubits wide by thirty cubits high (Gen. 6:15), which equates to approximately 450 feet long, by 75 feet wide, by 45 feet high.
Fact, no ship of such great dimensions was ever built till the late 19th century.
As old-fashioned as the technology was, the ark (first ship) was able to continuously stay afloat the hoarse waves of the raging floods.
Save for Noah, his sons and their wives, the entire planet was positively erased in the brutal storms and rain that lasted for forty days. Even animals were not spared the doom. The ark was large enough to even sustain life of two of every animal species.
The world’s “Best Bible scholars” are still debating the possibility of getting the two of every species of animals into a single ark with the remnants of mankind.
Since this is a discussion of religion and technology, we will not go into such debates.
One must admit that the Living God has always marveled greatest of our kinds. However, one thing remains clear; an ark set sail above a ragingly destroying world. In it were eight people, the last of mankind at the time. This same ship contained the final hope of animals of that generation. Humanity would have ceased to exist had the ark not been made. The result of the vessel was not an act of magic. It was the procedure of applying God-given knowledge (technology) and staying true to belief in HIM (Religion).
The works of Apostle Dr Kwadow Safo is not an extra-curricular activity outside the Bible. He truly believes in God (Religion) and is applying God-given knowledge (technology) to the redemption of Africa.