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Bytes Sized: 'The Secret Things Belong To The LORD'

Earlier today, I said I love infographics.

Below is one of the more remarkable ones I've seen in quite some time.

It's called "Bytes Sized" and it reminds me of our glorious Creator.

How ridiculous is it that we have the ability to know all of that?

Information is everywhere -- whether it’s digital information in our devices, analogue content in books, or biological data that God encoded in our cells.

But how do they compare to one another in terms of storage amount? How have our means of storing information grown over the decades? And do you know what a "zettabyte" or a "yottabyte" is? This infographic answers those questions by comparing the information sources around...and inside us.

What's amazing to me is how man is not only attempting to decipher this info, but that we've already succeeded in decoding quite a bit of it already as this document demonstrates.

I'm not about to say that all technology is inherently evil, but I have to ask if our efforts to understand such things is.

Deuteronomy 29:29 (ESV) The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

I always think of that verse in situations like this and wonder if man's sinful desire to be like God and to know anything and everything He knows is akin to committing the very same act of rebellion that introduced sin into the world in the first place (does Genesis 3 ring a bell?).

I firmly believe that the reason why we're seeing an increase in men and women who are interested in playing God (or becoming a god themselves) to the point where nothing is "mysterious" or "unknown" any longer is due to a feeling of entitlement (a.k.a. sin).

We've become gods unto ourselves to the point where our own words via Facebook and Twitter have become "The Word of Self"; idolatry, in a sense.

At the same time, and to end on a positive note as opposed to a negative one, what information like this does for me is strengthen my faith by proving, yet again, what an all-powerful and incredibly creative Lord we have. I mean, what an amazing Creator of all things, isn't He?

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, you might discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. I decided to leave those published posts up only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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