Monday, September 24, 2012

the internet the bible and you

What’s the Bible got to do with the internet? Quite a lot in fact! The Bible has a very impressive understanding of human nature. It can tell us about how we are to deal with other people and its principles are transferable right into the internet age.
Jesus knew what people were like back then and nothing has changed. We still find people are the same way ‘out in the world’.  The following passage is from Matthew 10:16, take note of what Jesus tells his disciples when he sends them out:
“I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves.
So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves”.
Let’s look at this verse for our own context in the internet age:
Pack of wolves”: we all know there are predators and scammer and hackers and haters and abusers on the ’net. Not everyone is a wolf out there – but because there are wolves – then we need to be cautious.
Wise as snakes” – Snakes are good at being present but staying just out of trouble. They sense danger and move quickly to protect themselves from any further harassment. We need to be wise as snakes as far as being ‘aware’ of what is out there and not wandering into danger.
 “Innocent as doves” – another translation is ‘harmless as doves’. There are many non-abusive ways of dealing with people on the internet. We aim to fight wrong - with right, darkness - with light, hatred - with love. We do not deliberately deceive or hurt other people. We all make our mistakes and I’ve certainly made mine, however, God gives us a fresh start every new day. God’s spiritual principles can still be active through the keyboard and mouse.
 Ephesians 4:14 says: “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming
Romans 12:15-18 “When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. Be friendly with everyone. Don't be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. Don't mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others, and do your best to live at peace with everyone.”

Isn’t this a great ‘online’ attitude?

I’m not sure you’ll find God on your latest social network site; however, his Holy Spirit will guide and lead you as you aim to be “as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves”.
May He bless you on the ‘net and also in the ‘real’ world out there. 

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