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-The Digital Reformation: The Internet is Bringing a Paradigm Shift in Evangelism

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The invention of the printing press brought with it revolutionary changes in communicating the Gospel and spreading Christianity around the World. It made it possible for Bibles to be mass produced and available to regular folks. Since then the Bible has been translated into thousands of different languages.

In fact some Bibles associations are forecasting that the New testament at least may be available in every language there is around the world within 10 years or so making it possible for the Gospel to potentially go to every nation. Incredible.

Now in this generation we are also going through a comparable paradigm shift with the dawn of the Internet and the mass availability of computers but especially smart phones even in 3rd world countries. It is making the Bible accessible to folks in every country, even in places where missionaries and the Gospel are officially forbidden to go.

There are numerous sites right now on the Internet where the Bible is available in literally hundreds of different languages. Plus sound Christian teaching and Bible studies on thousands of different sites may be easily accessible with an iphone or Blackberry.

This is a major game changer, especially when it comes to evangelism.

Here’s a great article that explores the positive aspects and full potential of digital evangelism compared to the limitations of printed material:

“Are electrons better than dead trees?”               *Top

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4 Comments so far
  1. Dan Smith December 26, 2011 10:04 am

    I read the article you talked about, and it reminded me of my desire to see more technology based missions in Japan. I lived there from 98-2000 and have traveled once back while in the Navy. It’s sad that a country as technology-driven as Japan has so little in the means of an electronic witness there.

  2. Dr.D December 29, 2011 9:38 pm

    Thanks Dan, Japan hasn’t responded very well to more traditional evangelism maybe ‘new’ tech and the Internet will bring better results.

  3. Dan Smith December 30, 2011 9:25 am

    Honestly, we should try. Why not? If the old system isn’t working, try something new.

  4. Dr.D January 2, 2012 7:21 pm

    Dan,
    There are at lease a couple of org.s working on that as we speak.