(Below is taken from a transcript of Bill Graham’s speech in TED Talks.)
“The Bible says the problem is within us, within our hearts and our souls. Our problem is that we are separated from our Creator, which we call God, and we need to have our souls restored, something only God can do. Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts: murders, sexual immorality, theft, false testimonies, slander.” The British philosopher Bertrand Russell was not a religious man, but he said, “It’s in our hearts that the evil lies, and it’s from our hearts that it must be plucked out.” Albert Einstein — I was just talking to someone, when I was speaking at Princeton, and I met Mr. Einstein. He didn’t have a doctor’s degree, because he said nobody was qualified to give him one.
But he made this statement. He said, “It’s easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.”
And many of you, I’m sure, have thought about that and puzzled over it. You’ve seen people take beneficial technological advances, such as the Internet we’ve heard about tonight, and twist them into something corrupting. You’ve seen brilliant people devise computer viruses that bring down whole systems. The Oklahoma City bombing was simple technology, horribly used. The problem is not technology. The problem is the person or persons using it. King David said that he knew the depths of his own soul. He couldn’t free himself from personal problems and personal evils that included murder and adultery. Yet King David sought God’s forgiveness, and said, “You can restore my soul.”
You see, the Bible teaches that we’re more than a body and a mind. We are a soul. And there’s something inside of us that is beyond our understanding. That’s the part of us that yearns for God, or something more than we find in technology. Your soul is that part of you that yearns for meaning in life, and which seeks for something beyond this life. It’s the part of you that yearns, really, for God. I find [that] young people all over the world are searching for something. They don’t know what it is. I speak at many universities, and I have many questions and answer periods, and whether it’s Cambridge, or Harvard, or Oxford — I’ve spoken at all of those universities. I’m going to Harvard in about three or four — no, it’s about two months from now — to give a lecture. And I’ll be asked the same questions that I was asked the last few times I’ve been there. And it’ll be on these questions: where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? What’s life all about? Why am I here?
Even if you have no religious belief, there are times when you wonder that there’s something else. Thomas Edison also said, “When you see everything that happens in the world of science, and in the working of the universe, you cannot deny that there’s a captain on the bridge.”
Source: TED Talks / Billy Graham
“On technology and faith”
To God be the glory!