Technology is a collection of techniques, methods used in the accomplishment of certain objectives or goals. It involves the use of various information technology tools such as computers and mobile phones that accelerates the flow of information from one place to another or from one individual to another. The aim of technology in any organization is to change the way we communicate with one another. It has affected the way of living among human beings in various aspects of life which includes: education, religion, health, transport and communication, industry etc.
Religious organization should also embrace technology in their day to day activities. The publication and translation of the Bible into various languages has enabled more people to be literate. People could read and understand the scriptures themselves unlike the tradition whereby they depended on the clergy to interpret for them. Technology can be beneficial to religion in the following ways.
The impact of technology on religion can be argued both positively or negatively. Positively, technology for example the internet has helped religious organizations to gather faithful’s from the digital droves. Unlike in the past when it was considered to be a robber of people’s faith. According to Pew Research, 79 percent of those active in religious organizations also actively use internet and for those who don’t belong to religious organization is lower at 76 percent. Many people search church services on the internet. That’s why religious organization should take advantage of the internet to gather more faithful’s. To be able to reach such large number of people, you need to be present online.
Creating social media accounts for example Facebook, twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and e-mail, gives a platform whereby a religious organizations can serve its congregation in various ways. Through this, the congregation can share their thoughts and insights. The clergy can use it to share with the members as a group or personally. It can also be used to announce social service events.
People nowadays use mobile phones to access religious texts such as e-books, unlike the tradition whereby one would move around with heavy books. There are also mobile Apps that can give members easy access to the bible and other holy books such as Koran. Some religious leaders use such Apps to carry out their sermons.
Negatively, during sermons some members of the congregation concentrate much on their phones chatting on social media hence not listening to what the preacher says. You find them on their smartphones during church service.
The internet has contents such as pornography that if one isn’t keen, he or she will lose morals. Apart from that, prolonged use of this technological devices, causes side effects on one’s health.
Technology can bring more advantages, hence one cannot single it out when it comes to religion. It is not evil, it is just a tool that can be used to make things better in our day to day life. It cannot be thrown away because technology in religion has more pros than cons and may be because some few individuals use it for the wrong reasons.