Google Is Not Infallible, But Something Else Is

Have you ever seen Google make a mistake? I hadn’t. I just assumed that what Google says goes. So when I typed in the location of an important meeting today, I trusted that Google would steer me the right way.

It didn’t.

Where Google said there should be a church was a wooded plot of land. So I kept driving. And driving. And driving. Finally I called the person I was meeting. His instructions? Keep driving. All in all, the actual location of the church was almost eight miles away from where Google told me it was supposed to be. Google was wrong. (And, consequently, I was late.)

By Daniel Ramirez from Honolulu, USA [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThis rocked my world. I mean, Google tells me when holidays are, how to bake five-star lemon pepper chicken, what my kid’s sickness symptoms mean, what really happened at the end of Inception, and where I can book that hotel for the least amount of money. Google is never wrong.

But this time it was. And it was a potent reminder that there is only one infallible source of truth. The Apostle Paul told Timothy about it:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 1 Timothy 3:16-17

Google is a wonderful, valuable tool, but it will sometimes steer us wrong. Yet the Bible will always steer us in the right direction — because it directs us to its Author.

So don’t be afraid to follow its directions. When you turn from your sins and trust the Jesus of the Bible, you will end up in the right place.

No, that church wasn’t where Google said it was, but we can be sure that God is right where His Word says He is.

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