The apples of Eden
My Phone is My Fig Leaf
A timeless tale of technology and temptation.

Some old stories are told anew every day. Here's a sobering one from Jenna Perrine. -Paul

Now technology was more crafty than any other creaturely wisdom that the Lord God had made.

It advertised an hourly question to the woman,

"Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"

And the woman said to technology, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

But technology tweeted to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.

Vulnerable.

Seen.

Judged.

Compared.

Measured.

Objectified.

Susceptible.

Powerless.

Scrutinized.

They knew that the world was now watching them. Judging them by obscene standards of creativity, fitness, intelligence, wit, beauty, attractiveness, and wealth.

They knew that there were infinite arguments to be fought, lost, and won on everything from politics to cookie recipes.

They knew that there were opinions to be shared, people to build up, and people to be torn down, Youtube videos to be made viral and critiqued by any measure of preference or whimsy.

They knew that there were blogs to be written, on any issue of fancy, statuses to be scribed both witty and mundane. Comments to be added, pored over, and coveted.

They knew that there were deep recesses in their heart, the potential for great loneliness that could be satiated instantaneously in a moment of weakness by an online conversation or a pornographic image.

They feared rejection in the deepest parts of their soul and they desired to be proactive against it. They feared that their nakedness would be laughed at, loathed, ignored … so they thought of ways to forge a new face, present a different personality, imagine another image than the one they'd been given. They sought control over how they were perceived, took a carving knife to what the outside world could see and cut out any hint of blemish, unhappiness, or weakness.

March 03, 2014

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Victoria Taylor

April 17, 2014  1:18pm

This article summed it up for me. I've learned that we have to be very careful when it comes to technology, loneliness and deception. I shared this article on my blog along with my testimony. I hope it will help and heal someone. You are not alone. God bless! http://www.abeautifultongue.wordpress.com

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Andrew Manik

April 14, 2014  7:57pm

Disclaimed disclaimed at the bottom that not all technology as being inherently wrong, I find that this thought provoking article presents a subtle fallacy that should be seen. The ending remarks that this is not to indict technology, however by analogizing the use of technology in the place of sin makes the use of technology the sin – like it or not. While the usage has countless detriments to the actual social beings we are and our understanding of what social-ness is these distortions are even the sin, but the result of the sin. Fundamentally then the “selfie”, for example, is not sinful, but the heart which takes it and the desired outcomes of pleasure from which one seeks. Positively this article helps to artistically paint the results of ego-centrality and sin that abounds because of the marred, distorted perspective man has engaged using a God-given gift.

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Jenni Ho-Huan

April 09, 2014  3:51am

I was piqued by the fig-leaf imagery as it is what i use in my upcoming book Shed Those Leaves - emerge to truly live. This is a fun, insightful angle on technology! Thanks!

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Rainier Camara

April 06, 2014  7:42pm

An eye opener. Sure, the tendency to hide or to impress is strong. What was intended for good service, became self-serving. The dark side of computers and technology exposed!

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Elizabeth Havill

April 05, 2014  11:50am

Very cleverly written Jenna! I'm from a little older generation, but I think the enemy of our souls has always had things to distract us from following the Lord Jesus, and many of us have had to deal with hiding behind, even good works to keep us from looking like anything else but devout, transparent Children of our Master! Consequently, the world often perceives us as being someone different than we profess to be. God help us to be real, and keep us hidden, only behind the cross!! Beth Havill

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John Blake

April 03, 2014  3:59pm

Not just a clever article but, oh my, should be required reading for our techno-addicted Christian culture. Thanks for the wake-up call.

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Matt Wistrand

April 03, 2014  3:49pm

That was close to home (not that I think it should have been anything else). Thanks.

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Marshall Shelley

April 03, 2014  11:41am

Ooof. Too true.

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Paul Pastor

April 03, 2014  10:24am

Thanks for commenting, Sheerah. Me too. Clever and convicting.

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sheerah kahn

April 03, 2014  10:23am

I thought that it conveyed a rather damning indictment not just of how we use technology, but how we hide behind it in a clever way.

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