| What Does God Tell Us About Technology?
has been an integral part of human cultural activity throughout history.
Bible tells us of about a number of technologies, some used for good
and some for evil:
- Cain built a city
- In a description
of the lineage of Cain, we find Jubal who was "the father of all
who play the harp and flute" (Gen. 4:21 NIV) and Tubal-Cain,
"who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron" (Gen.
4:22 NIV). Note that bronze is an alloy made from copper and tin, showing
a certain sophistication in Tubal-Cain's technology of tools.
- Noah was directed
by God to build an ark—a large boat. Using God's direct
instructions, Noah designed and built this complex structure. (Gen.
- The tower of Babel
was a monument to man's sinful pride, which led God to confuse the languages.
- Abraham and Isaac
dug wells (an early civil engineering project!) in Genesis 21 and Genesis
- Bezalel is filled
with the Spirit of God to build the tabernacle "with skill, ability
and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—to make artistic designs for
work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in
wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship." (Exod. 31:3–5).
- Aaron fashions
an idol in the form of a golden calf using a tool in Exodus 32:4.
- King Solomon builds
the temple in 1 Kings 6, and we learn of Huram, who is skilled in bronze
work, in 1 Kings 7.
- King Uzziah employs
"skillful men" (engineers) in 2 Chronicles 26:15 to
design machines to shoot arrows and hurl large stones. However, after
Uzziah becomes powerful, his pride leads to his downfall (v. 16).
- Psalm 20 examines
human reliance on technology: "Some trust in chariots and some
in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Psa.
- Isaiah prophesies
that the people who go up to the mountain of the Lord will "beat
their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks"
- Jesus uses technology
examples in the Sermon on the Mount and other parables, such as:
- houses in
the story of the wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24–27.
- city gates
in Matthew 7:13–14
- cities and
lamps in Matthew 5:14–16
- fishing nets
in Matthew 13:47–50
- oil lamps
in Matthew 25:1–13
- lost coins
in Luke 15:8–10
- Paul communicates
with the early churches by letters (which are then copied and distributed)
- Paul speaks of
the armor of God in Ephesians 6
- History begins
in the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:8) but ends with the Holy City (Rev.
So, what might
we conclude from the Bible's treatment of technology?