We had been studying the story of Moses. At the Burning Bush, God said,
‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’Exodus 3:6
And a little further in the story,
Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’Exodus 3:13-14
אֶֽהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶֽהְיֶה – I am who I am
and the way Hebrew verbs and tenses function so differently to our English verbs and tenses. God, in many ways, is named as the verb to be – you cannot add God to things that exist and end up with one more thing. God is the existence of all that exists.
Then, the question was asked: What was God’s name given to Moses from the burning bush?
Those who put the question into a Google search end up with “Trinity”.
Story number two is about John the Evangelist. Having determined that this is the name of the person who wrote the Fourth Gospel and the three letters – all carrying his name, let’s find “interesting quote from John the Evangelist”. This is the top one Google gives us:
My most treasured possessions are not things; they are only things, my friends, family and animals are what counts.Google’s top result for “interesting quote from John the Evangelist”
I do hope you know enough scripture to recognise that is NOT a quote from the Bible, certainly not from John!
In a world where searching online, and uncritically accepting what one finds there – and especially respecting the top and first results in a Google search, it is sobering to be reminded that – certainly in faith and religious things (not mentioning health and pandemic things!) – the internet and search engines CAN BE WRONG.