March 2013

FACEBOOK VERSUS FAITHBOOK

Mohan Adinarayan

All social sites have a short time-span.

The world in which we are living is fast-paced and highly advanced technologically, where almost everything is available at your fingertips; just click and get it! The social networking sites like LinkendIN, Facebook and Twitter are playing a major role in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes I wonder about people who are connected with one another on these sites; because, if we see our own friends' list, there will be more than a thousand unknown people inter-connected but very few familiar faces. We may be connected with them, but do we really know them; do we know their background, or do we know what and who they are? These unsolved and unasked questions confuse our minds.

Connecting With People
It's good to have a circle of friends. When we are too busy to call or visit them, some of whom may be thousands of miles away, the only instant means of connecting with them are these social sites. Now, while it is not wrong to use them, can we justify the long hours of chatting at the cost of sacrificing more important and worthwhile activities that can add value to our own life and that of others?

Social networking sites are good and bad. It is up to us how we use them. It's a good tool for business promotions and for connecting with families and friends who live far from each other. While browsing some of the social networking sites, I found that many of them had more than five thousand 'friends' listed. I wonder whether these people really know each other or they have simply added the contacts for the sake of numbers! How many of them could be fake profiles and potentially dangerous! In some sites there is no privacy; anybody can access anybody's profile with the help of recovery software.

How private is our personal life? Is it like an open book for anyone to read and comment on?

Let me compare Facebook with Faithbook. You are free to add your own points of comparison.

Facebook

  • A social phenomenon that has changed the way many of us interpret networking.
  • With over 70 million users worldwide, an effective tool for business growth.
  • Launched in February 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg.

Faithbook

  • A daily connectivity to God through prayer and reading.
  • A remembering of God's faithfulness in our daily lives.
  • Life-transforming word and the truth of God for us.
  • A tool for witnessing to others.
  • A book to help us remember what God has done for us (Psa.78:4).
  • A constitution of Christianity - do's and don'ts, how's and why's, what's and where'sÖ
  • An autobiography of our past, present and future life.

Hebrews 11 gives a list of many heroes of faith who were connected with God in their lives, with their short biographies.

By faith Abel offered an excellent sacrifice to God (4); by faith Enoch was translated into eternal life (5); by faith Noah prepared an ark (7); by faith Abraham obeyed and went out when he was called (8); through faith Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed(11); by faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come (20); by faith Joseph (22); by faith Moses (23); by faith the harlot Rahab (31); by faith Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephtha, David, Samuel and the prophets (32).

As everything else in this transient world, all social sites have a short time-span. First, we were crazy about chatting on-line, then we were hooked onto the Orkut, and now we have the Twitter and Facebook guzzling our time! New, more exciting networking sites will develop in future as knowledge grows. Facebook will go into oblivion after a few years and we will get hooked onto something more 'exciting'!

The Faithbook Friend
But there is something that will never go obsolete, something that will remain forever, the Faithbook, the eternal word of God, the Holy Bible (Matt.24:35).

How strong is your link with God through the Faithbook? Are you concerned about being linked with the Friend, Jesus, the divine author of the Faithbook? Do you desire to be with Him forever? Are you reading the Bible and meditating on its life-giving words that can keep you connected with God? Do you have the mustard-sized seed of faith to trust and obey the Friend of the Faithbook?

And yes, God has another book, the Book of Life. (This book contains a record of all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour and who will receive eternal life.) Are your names written in God's Book of Life? (Exo.32:32;Rev.3:5). If not, then the first step you need to take is hear what is written in the Faithbook (it has God's power, the Gospel, to generate faith in the ones who log on to it! Rom.1:15;10:17). This Faithbook is all about a loving God wanting to connect with you personally through His Son Jesus Christ for an eternal relationship (Jn.1:12;3:16). God is busy adding to the list of the friends of His Son. He is still calling each one by name (Jn.15:12-16). Are you willing to be His friend? Then, come and join me on the Faithbook. The choice is yours.

Editorial: RELIGIOUS OBLIGATIONS - Jacob Ninan

CHRISTíS RESURRECTION - P. Samuel Manoharam

BEAUTY IN THE BEATITUDES - Suresh Manoharn

THE CROSS RECONSIDERED - P. M. Joseph

FACEBOOK VERSUS FAITHBOOK - Mohan Adinarayan

REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING - Shantanu Dutta

WHAT IS JESUS CHRIST TO ME? - K. V. Varghese

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