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Good News for You

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[1] and more than 9000 periodicals published[2] every year. Even back in 1934, Jose Ortega y Gasset warned that books were so prolific they were “turning against humankind.”[3]
 
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 so important that it is more than a self-help guide or history book.  Life literally depends on what is written in it!
 
The Bible says that every member of the human race has a problem.  If you are not sure, just look at the news and watch people around you. It identifies that problem as “sin.” Any action or thought that falls short of God’s perfect standard of holiness is sin. Something as simple as lying, gossipping, lusting or envying is a sin. None of us meets that perfect standard because we all have sinned (Romans 3.23). This means that everyone has sinned at least once in life, and I am sure you can agree with that. This problem is compounded by the fact God is a holy God and cannot tolerate sin. If God is not holy then He is less than God.  He can't be less Holy. 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, cannot wash away our sin or dilute it.  Therefore, we remain guilty before God and cannot be forgiven by our own efforts of being good (Isaiah 64.6).
 
 
But the Bible says that there is a hope!
 

[1] Postman, Neil. “Informing Ourselves To Death.” 11 October 1990. <http://world.std.com/~jimf/informing.html> (6 April 2004).
[2] Nelson, Mark R. “We Have the Information You Want, But Getting It Will Cost You: Being Held Hostage By Information Overload.” January 2001 <http://www.acm.org/crossroads/xrds1-1/mnelson.html> (6 April 2004).
[3]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.
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