The Apps Way to Faith

Early Christian believers would have used the Appian Way on their pilgrimage when in Rome. For the modern day pilgrims, they have the Apps way to religion.

I have written before about how many religious organisations are using new media to reach out to people, and help connect them with their faith and religion. A recent article by the Straits Times wrote on the availability of phone apps that help users to connect better and grow their faith. Using iPhone apps, believers can now whip out their iPhones and other smartphones to read the bible, Koran or Buddhist tracts.

Just a quick check online shows the multitude of apps available to those who seek a higher connection. They allow you not just to read, but to bookmark, to make notes, to share notes and to even hear the verses being read aloud.

Some feel that new media and such devices help the young, especially, to enhance their faith, while others feel that using these new media tools detract from real faith.

As for me, I’m glad that I can now download my favourite sermons on my iPad, and flip to the right chapter and verse on my digital bible using my iPad app, and find the page where I left off with the help of my digital bookmark that does not slip out.

Whatever that helps you to enhance your relationship with God, I think that’s a step in the right direction.


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3 Responses to The Apps Way to Faith

  1. Sandy Ong says:

    These inventions greatly helped people in their lives and break out of the old ways of taking a bible around instead now you can read bible, build your faith, listen to the verses on the go!

  2. Ong Kian Yu says:

    I think that there’s nothing wrong by reading bible using smartphone as there’s no different reading of on paper and on screen. Instead, it maybe appeal to the more teenagers to get into faith in God.

  3. blogscapes says:

    True, if it helps the young, or the young at heart to better connect with their faiths, then it should be encouraged. But of course, there is need to avoid distractions – you don’t want to be in the middle of bible reading when you get a prompt that your farmville crops need harvesting, and you turn to your game instead!

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