Information overload is a term we hear often these days. It is easy to acquire information about just about anything you might want to know. I am among the thousands who do this practically every day. Although I love books and have a lot of them, I don’t find it necessary to buy a book on every subject I am interested in. If I want to know something, I just google it.
I have noticed another trend, though, that is somewhat disturbing. The information we acquire after a search doesn’t always come from someone who really knows something about the subject. Many chats, forums, videos and blogs are filled with no more than someone’s opinion – often unsubstantiated. Information passed on through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites can take off like wildfire, but really have no facts attached to the remarks. Even main television news programs ask for the public to respond with a tweet about just any topic that is presented on the program with a “we want to know what you think” attached to the request.
I do want to know what others think about many subjects, but I am selective in the ones I give credibility to. If I goggle a subject, I often find various responses – sometimes polar opposites. If it is something totally out of my field, I might research the person giving the comment and then make a judgment based on whether I believe the person knows what he is talking about or not.
In other cases, the comments through my own social media sites may hold more credibility to me because I personally know the person. If she is someone I know well and have learned to trust, that holds a lot of weight with me.
Just because something is in print does not mean it contains truth. It is wise to check it out.
The Bible has been tested time and again and proven true. The living Word, Jesus Christ, is truth incarnate. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). In His prayer to the Father on behalf of His followers, He prayed we would be purified by His truth. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 17:17).
God, who spoke through His Son and His word, is the only source I can always count on – and so can you.