Christ / Culture / January 29, 2006

The Theology of EBay

Do you use EBay? I have been known to frequent this site not only for Christmas or birthday gifts for others but also for the oh so precious book bargains available for me. Well, after a recent purchase, I hit a new milestone on my feedback score. According to EBay, “feedback is made up of comments and ratings left by other eBay members you’ve bought from and sold to. These comments and ratings are valuable indicators of your reputation as a buyer or seller on eBay.”

So, EBay took the liberty of sending me a note of appreciation for my business with them. It went something like this:

Congratulations on reaching this new milestone on your feedback rating. The positive feedback that you have received from others on this website should be commended. You are a valued member of our community. Customers like you prove the truth of the first of our five EBay Community Values: We believe people are basically good. We look forward to your contribution to our community as you continue to be an active customer. Sincerely, EBay.

Here’s my question to EBay: if people are basically good, then why do you need a feedback system? In other words, why do people need a “valuable indicator of the reputation” of others if everyone is basically good?

The theology of EBay is clearly in contradiction to the word of God. After the Fall, there is no one who is basically good. In fact, Romans 3:10 tells us, “There is none righteous, not even one.” This truth is the reason that EBay needs a feedback system, and why we are in desperate need of Jesus Christ as our righteousness. God has His own feedback system—every sin not forgiven by the blood of Christ earns a negative rating, and there is no way to earn a positive rating on your own.

You can get your shoes, your DVD’s or your books from EBay but not your theology. Buyer beware!

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