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1 Corintios 10:23

“Todo me es lícito, pero no todo conviene; todo me es lícito, pero no todo edifica.”

Introduction:

I. The issue of Christian liberty – which is what our text is about – is probably one of
the most difficult things to discuss in our church. It is one of those things that our
children confront us with many times: “Why is Johnny allowed to do that, or go there,
and I am not? It is not fair!” Why do some families have different rules than others
regarding what they watch on TV, where parents allow their children to go. And why
do we sometimes find it difficult to talk about these things? Well, that’s not an easy
question to answer. I would say, however, that we can try to answer it from two
points of view, a Biblical one and, say, a social one.

i. So Paul makes clear that Christian liberty is basically unlimited.


ii.So what ever choice we make is completely up to us.
iii.How does technology fit into this

II. First, let's define what we mean by technology.

a. Dictionary.com (an online definition seems appropriate) defines it as "the branch


of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their
interrelation with life, society and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as
industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science." In short,
technology is about tools.

i. La cristiandad ha estado usando la tecnología desde que esta estuvo


disponible. Durante el renacimiento de la religión cristiana, (reforma) se
uso la imprenta. Un arma poderosa que se uso para un bien, predicar el
evangelio y esparcir la lectura de la biblia. Después vinieron los
automóviles, con estos se esparció el evangelio mas rápido pues cualquier
ser humano podía cubrir hasta tres o cinco veces mas rápido la distancia
requerida. Tiempo después los cassettes y la predicación del evangelio
acelero aun mas. Después llego la computadora y al igual que los
anteriores se usaron para bien, para la predicación del evangelio pero al
igual que Dios los has usado para la predicación de su evangelio, Satanás
lo ha usado para tratar de frenar o simplemente desviar a la gente del
evangelio.

III. All tools—from the first stick Adam used to soften the dirt to the latest wireless LAN
software, share the same character: they enable humankind to enhance the execution
of human ability. Tools allow people to do the kinds of things they can already do,
but do them bigger, faster, cheaper or better than they can without the tool.

a. La evolución y el acceso al internet en estos últimos tiempos ha crecido


enormemente y hoy hay mucha gente, especialmente las nuevas generaciones ya
nacieron con esto, por lo que dentro de un tiempo ya el internet será algo
intrínseco en nuestras vidas, y su crecimiento no lo podremos detener.
1. In 1993, only 32 percent of children had access to a computer
at home. In 2003, 76 percent of school aged children had access to
a home computer, and 83 percent of America’s 57 million
schoolchildren used a PC at school.
2. In 2000, just over 33% of US college students had cell phones on
campus, according to a national survey by Student Monitor. In the
fall of 2004, nearly 90% did
3. $3.5 bln ringtones sold worldwide
4. 171.2 million Americans have cell phones
5. Americans send 2.5 bln text messages a month
6. 98 percent of American households have a television set.29
7. Nearly 87 percent of households with young people ages 2-17
years have two or more television sets.
8. More than 60 percent of teenagers have television sets in their
bedrooms.
9. Young people who have sets in their bedrooms watch 21 more
minutes per day than those without.
10. Young people (ages 8-18) watch TV more than 3 hours per day
ii.Ahora bien, similar a la dependencia del telefono celular, el internet ha
hecho que muchas cosas se mejoren, haciendo procesos más eficientes,
busquedas de información mucho más sencillas, comunicación a distancia
a tiempo real, y especialmente que ha economizado mucho los costos de
los envíos de mensajes que anteriormente solo se daba por
correspondencia
iii.Pero también ha traído muchas cosas malas, como toda tecnología lo
hace, y es hacer que las personas sean mucho más comodas, trabajen
menos, y accesibles a otro tipo de información desagradable.
Por lo que vale la pena listar algunas ventajas y desventajas de la
tecnologia en estos últimos tiempos:

Ventajas
• Hace la comunicación mucho más sencilla.
• Puedes alcanzar a miles de personas
• Es posible conocer e interactuar con muchas personas de todas partes del mundo.
• La búsqueda de información se vuelve mucho más sencilla, sin tener que ir forzadamente
a las bibliotecas tradicionales.
• El seguimiento de la información a tiempo real es posible a través del Internet.
• Y es posible compartir muchas cosas personales o conocimientos que a otro le puede
servir, y de esa manera, se vuelve bien provechoso.

Desventajas
• Así como es de fácil encontrar información buena, es posible encontrar de la misma
forma información mala, desagradable (pornografía, violencia explícita, terrorismo) que
puede afectar especialmente a los menores.
• Te genera una gran dependencia o vicio del internet, descuidandote de muchas cosas
personales o laborales.

I. 1 Cor. 10:23

a. You see Paul was a prophet, he knew what was coming at the end of times. He
knew that evil would increase so much that people would not know how to
differentiate between good and evil. The Word of God tell us that:
i. "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial.
ii.The issue is not necessarily that God is being replaced by technology, but
that He ceases to be relevant for many because of it. People replace the
mystery and awe of social and moral institutions (religions) with that of
technology.
iii.You see jovenes, Satanas sabe que si tu estas apasionado por la tecnología
de una manera incorrencta tu passion por Cristo se apagara.
b. Everything is permissible but not everything is constructive.
i. In a sense of urgency, many people are so consumed with the phone life
and who could be reaching them, that they are wrapped in self-
centeredness.
ii.We can pretty much say that technology is amoral: neither good nor bad.
But Paul looking into the future advices us that we are allowed to do
anything we want but look only for those things that are beneficial.

II. Conclusion
1 Corinthians 10:23ff
Tests
1. THE WORLD TEST. Is it worldly? Will it make me worldly to do it (John 15:19, 1 John 2:15-
17)'
2. THE QUALITY TEST. Is it good for me physically, emotionally, and spiritually (Rom.
12:9b)'
3. THE TEMPLE TEST. Can I do it when I remember my body is God’s temple and must not be
marred or misused (1 Cor. 6:19)'
4. THE GLORY TEST. Will it glorify my Lord, or will it on the other hand possibly bring shame
to His name (1 Cor. 6:20, 10:32)'
5. THE BLESSING TEST. Can I honestly ask God’s blessing on it and be sure I’ll not regret
doing it (Prov. 10:22, Rom. 15:29)'
6. THE REPUTATION TEST. Is it apt to damage my testimony for the Lord (Phil. 2:15)'
7. THE CONSIDERATION TEST. Am I being considerate of others and the effect this might
have on them (Rom. 14:7, 21)'
8. THE APPEARANCE TEST. Will it look bad? Does it have the appearance of what is wrong
or suspicious (1 Thess. 5:22)'
9. THE WEIGHT TEST. Could this slacken or sidetrack me in running the Christian race (Heb.
12:1, 1 Cor. 9:24)'
10. THE COMING OF CHRIST TEST. Would I be ashamed to be found doing this when He
comes again (1 John 2:28)'
11. THE COMPANION TEST. Can I invite Christ to go with me and participate with me in this
(Matt. 28:20b, Col. 3:17)'
12. THE PEACE TEST. After having prayed about it, do I have perfect peace about doing it
(Col. 3:15a, Phil. 4:6-7)'
a. "If our greatest need was for information, God would have sent an educator." "If
our greatest need was for technology, God would have sent a scientist." "If our
greatest need was for pleasure, God would have sent an entertainer." "If our
greatest need was for money God would have sent an economist." BUT SINCE
OUR GREATEST NEED IS FOR FORGIVENESS, GOD SENT A SAVIOR.
(Dynamic Preaching Disk, Winter 1992 "A"--What Do We Need For Christmas?
Rev. Eric Ritz)