I just preached on Raising Kids in an Xbox generation and one of the sources that I studied thanks to Trent’s investigation was the following and I thought you might like to read it:
In the beginning, the Internet was created and it changed the world.
Then Christians said, â€œLet us take dominion and fill it.â€
So they bought Web domains, named them one by one, and their online presence multiplied.
Yea, they saw the Internet and, verily, it was good.
Then prophets arose from among the congregations who foretold of a day when saints would fellowship in â€œcyber churches,â€ missionaries would reach foreign lands without leaving home, and multitudes would learn theology from their monitors.
More than a decade has passed since the Internetâ€™s genesis. There are now over 934 million Internet users worldwide, and many are religious. Of the 128 million adult Americans who go online, 64 percent have used the Internet for religious or spiritual purposes, said a 2004 Pew Charitable Trusts study, titled â€œThe Pew Internet & American Life Project.â€ Evangelicals are the most fervent in their Internet use, the study found. They â€œget savedâ€ online, learn theology online, fellowship online, minister to others online â€” even meet their spouses online.
But have all the Internet prophecies come to pass? A closer look reveals how the Internet has â€” and hasnâ€™t â€” changed the church.