According to Whitehead, we now have an unofficial fourth branch of government: surveillance.
And you guessed it gang--everything we say, do (or even think) can, and will be used against us.
"Privacy, as we have known it, is dead," proclaims Whitehead.
And that ain't all folks. Apparently, domestic surveillance is a team sport.
"Just about every branch of government--from the Postal Service to the Treasury Department and every agency in-between--now has its own Surveillance Section, authorized to spy on the American people," says Whitehead.
Hyperbole? Or is everything we do, think, and say really being recorded?
The Bible says it is. But by Someone infinitely more important than the government. For example:
Daniel 7:9-14 gives us an amazing behind-the-scenes-sneak-peek of what's in store for the future.
Daniel's vision details a heavenly courtroom in which "...a river of fire was flowing, coming out from before Him. Thousands upon thousands attended Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened."
What books? "The ones that record the names and deeds of those who will be judged," according to the footnote in our Nelson Study Bible.
Oh, and check out Revelation 20:20: "I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books."
Uh oh. What do the footnotes say?
"Books" refers to the record of all works done in this life. Since all have sinned and fall short of God's standard (see Romans 3:23), the opening of these books would certainly lead to eternal sentences in the lake of fire."
What then? Are we all going straight to you-know-where when we die?
Tragically--yes. Romans 3:9 says, "There is none righteous, not even one..."
And Hebrews 10:31 says: "It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God." So unless God offers us a full pardon, we are doomed. Amazingly, He does! He sent His only Son to die for us (in our place) to secure that pardon. It's our job to receive it and follow hard after Him.
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A wise man once said: "Sin results in death, but God gives the gift of eternal life to all who repent and place their trust in Christ." --William W. Comfort, PhD.
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