Arbiter of truth: Google wrestles with Pilate’s dilemma…

Jesus facing the Roman Governor Pilate offers:

“…In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. John 18:37-38

One of the fabulous benefits of being a believer is that we no longer are confused about the truth.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn 14:6

But for non-believers, there is no “rock” to stand on. The standards for truth become relative. Things shift, attitudes change.

God's witnesses: Creation, His Word and His Holy Spirit. In this manner God Himself complies with Levitical Law -- witnesses and the "preponderance of evidence."
God’s witnesses: Creation, His Word and His Holy Spirit. In this manner God Himself complies with Levitical Law — two or three witnesses and the “preponderance of evidence.”

In following one of the debates on “Creation versus Evolution”or “Literal 6 Days versus Cosmology” one encounters each side defending it’s point of view. In these debates and in our courts of law — traditionally it’s the “Preponderance of Evidence” that indicates truth.

In the Information age Google is tuning up it’s search algorithms in an effort to foil anti-science / and anti-truth points of view.  “Climate Change Deniers” and “Conspiracy Theorists” are example targets.  Updates to their search engine will feature results preferring those that compare well the “recognized truth.”

This is what I’ll call in this Blog the “Preponderance of Consensus.”

Links to two recent articles online.

“Google’s search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them.”

“Google could launch an effort to keep trolls and bad information at bay, with a program that would rank websites according to veracity, and sort results according to those rankings.”

For those of us who pay attention to these things the astonishing part of this process is that as secular opinion continues to diverge from scriptural truth, we see the real truth being buried in a way never before possible.  We should expect this to continue; that aspects of the scriptural basis for truth will steadily vanish from public awareness.  Unnatural lifestyles and behaviors condemned as wrong in the Bible will be listed in search results and offered the truth.

We shouldn’t be surprised that enemy of the truth is using worldly means to accomplish diverting, distracting and confusing the uninformed reader.  Secular relativism provides the permission for people want to “do as they please” — this is freedom, they are free to do so.  Secular government is then swayed to protect these freedoms.

God made man in his own image. He gave us free will. And he doesn’t interfere. He was the first in the attempt to legislate morality.

“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Ro 5:20-21

But there are consequences to denying the Creators’ word and his sovereignty.  Eventually we should expect judgement, and pray for it to come quickly. Until then, the negative consequences of wrong living are among the most common reasons unbelievers seek the Lord. We should pray for revival and always:

“… sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man who asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1Peter 3:15

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