Imagine—a half-inch thin, lightweight device, described as something between a laptop computer and a multimedia digital mobile phone that can run nearly 140,000 different applications, all at the touch of your finger! The media fanfare surrounding Apple's recent unveiling of its new iPad, a machine that does just that, certainly stoked such imaginations of millions and set the tech world abuzz.
This cutting-edge technology faces one certainty however: For all its amazing bells and whistles, the iPad will soon be rendered passé, as the next new gizmo on the scene makes it obsolete.
Remember cassette tape recorders? They were once cutting-edge too. I remember how cool it was to get one with "LED display"! Some of you recall marveling at revolutionary breakthroughs like domed stadiums, hi-fi stereo systems and "Technicolor." But technology presses onward, churning out the faster, the cheaper, the more efficient.
What was once new and vibrant becomes a relic, and one day the iPad will find its place in obsolescence—among the typewriters and washboards of ages past—as the latest and greatest takes its place. We won't long mourn its passing, though, because now we're techno-hungry, eager to see what the next innovation will allow us to do.
But amid this frenetic pace of life do you sometimes pause and ask, wouldn't it be great if we had something that didn't need to be upgraded or thrown out every couple of years? Something dependable that would help us stay up to date, not so much with things like music, movies and high-speed information, but with life and its changes and challenges? Something that would keep us on the cutting edge of knowing where world events are heading and what lies on the horizon for you and your loved ones? Or giving insight into the complexities of human thinking, or discovering practical tools for managing life's problems, or analyzing societal trends?
What about an "app" that would give you relevant answers to tough questions like: What actually happens after death? Does your life really mean anything? Why so much suffering?
There is such a tool! Despite its naysayers, it has a remarkable track record of high performance for people who understand and use it correctly. It has never become outmoded, and users marvel at its modern relevance in teaching the art of living a productive life. Besides that, it's futuristic, accurately predicting events yet to come. Let me restate that: This tool tells the future. You won't find an app for that for the iPad!
If you're longing for something of lasting and timeless value, you don't have to wait for the newest fad or other revolutionary scientific advancements. Just look in the pages of God's tool for life and living—your Bible. In every issue of The Good News we take you there. We provide answers with a unique Bible-based perspective you won't find in other publications. Our articles are like "demo" drives, taking you on a tour to show how the Bible fits your life now, how to use its practical applications for solving challenges.
For example, did you know that today's rise of a new European superpower was prophesied in the Bible? More important, what does that mean for you? And where did Easter really come from? And why is a best-selling book titled "Shocked By the Bible"? That's all in just this issue alone.
Imagine! We've had it all along: a user-friendly, always-up-to-date, relevant guide to life—the Bible! GN