Jesus,The Internet and The Devil ~ The Rev. Lady Sherwood, OPI
He said, “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15 NABRE)
We as Christians are commanded by the Lord to spread his word around the world, and with today’s modern technology and the use of the internet, websites such as Facebook are a very useful ministry tool that helps enable us to do just that.
By today’s modern technology, we are able to use the internet to spread the true word and the good news of the Lord’s salvation to many people throughout the world who otherwise may not be in the position to receive this in their lives.
Using this technology, we as servants of God are able to preach the Holy Word, to offer prayer, to give advice, love and support to people around the world enabling us to better serve those who may live in countries or other places where we couldn’t possibly serve them in person.
So whilst posting online certainly has its positive advantages, as we are made clearly aware in 1 Peter 5:8, that the devil is always prowling around. Let us look again at what we are told:
“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NABRE).
We must be always on our guard as, like we as Christians can use online technology to spread the word and the true love and salvation of God, the devil can also use it to deceive and mislead us. Not all things that may appear to be Christian posted online is truly of holy nature, and may be merely a trick of the devil.
Posts such as the variety we see almost daily on pages such as Facebook, where blessings are supposedly given if we `like and share` are an example of such unholy works because God’s blessings are granted from his grace, and out of his love for us and this does not depend on whether we have liked and shared online postings.
We must also realise that posts offering blessings of money or other materialistic things are not true Christian works and are devil led.
The Lord our God is not our personal magician, or a magical Genie who is there to grant our earthy wishes and wants of materialism.
Our God and Father is there out of his pure and unconditional love for us and out of his grace and mercy as he wants to give us that true and full relationship with him that will lead to our salvation.
Be watchful online as well as in our daily lives for the deceit and lies of the devil and do not give him the foothold which he so desperately seeks.
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