Free as in salvation
Quite some time ago I came up with another interesting personal analogy. Free software has some interesting analogies to Christianity. I wondered if other people had had the same thought, so I searched on Google and one of the things I found was a site called Linux for Christians with a motto "Free as in salvation" referencing the bible verse Ephesians 2:8-9, which says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." I thought it was really neat that someone had seen the same the analogy that I had. Just recently I had a conversation with Pat about technology and Christianity and I promised to write up an blog post on this topic in hopes of being included on his new website. We both agree that there is a lot of possibilities when combining technology and Christianity. For instance, we have been discussing the concept of cloud Christianity, which could be understood simply as using the cloud to spread Christianity.
In conclusion, it is fun to apply different parts of your life together in order to find interesting analogies and you never know what you will come up with. You may also be surprised that others have had the same thought. In Ecclesiastes 1:9, it says "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." I think it is important not to take such statements out of context however. The author of Ecclesiastes is king Solomon (I wrote about this king before), who was given much wisdom from God and in this book he is trying to share some of those ideas. I don't think it should be read that you can't think of new ideas, but more in the sense that God already knows everything and we can't think up something new that he doesn't already know about. New to us, sure. That is my understanding anyway. Feel free to give your thoughts on it.