It's tough even for history scientists to try to fill in a list of all the innovations of libraries between man's knowledge first being written on walls of caves and today's on-line libraries with mind-blowing search engines. We are stampeding toward 'living' on-line, as we work, learn, entertain, and communicate so many hours every day.
As an author and teacher, I use the Internet most every day. But I have to continually remember that going on-line is somewhat like walking through a jungle, known for its vicious hungry predators.
A strong caution is appropriate here, spoken in 1st Peter 5:8:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
The world wide web gives us stupendous amounts of resources. But we must remember, ESPECIALLY AS PARENTS AND TEACHERS, it TAKES from us, far more than it gives; namely, our privacy and our identity. This happens to us on a personal level, but also on a national level. We'll not take time here to detail these intrusions on us. The WWW news daily tells us of greater advances by evil people.
What we want to focus on, is the 'advice' we get from the web. Webpages are decorated and worded to make us believe what we read on them, is the 'gospel truth' (as grandma would say). The 'news' we read and hear on-line, is put there by employees that are competing to keep their jobs and profits for their company. And if their words happen to align with the real truth, well, it was just coincidence.
My daily Bible reading (actually, FEEDING) has me just finished reading the Old Testament book of Job. (rhymes with “robe”) There are many aspects to his life story, but we want to touch on just a couple. I think of Job as being an employee of sorts. He had many responsibilities that are detailed in the first few verses of the book. He was a leader that many looked to, for decisions and provisions. But in a sense, God allowed Satan to 'fire'; to demote him, to a very sick man sitting daily in an ash heap of despair.
The First “W” of WWW
I see the ongoing question from Job, that sounds like, “Why God are you doing this to me, I'm a righteous man?” Using the WHY word toward God and His plan, is a step toward trouble. The WHY word, seems to me, to always lead to the WHAT IF questioning of God's full knowledge of what's best for us. This line of questioning was first and foremost used in the Garden of Eden; in the ears of Eve. The subtle serpent taught Eve to question, God's clear directives.
The Third “W” of WWW
The third W of WWW leads us to be really cautious WHO we get our advice from. Eve was getting her's from the subtle serpent, Satan.
As Job asked God why all these things were happening to him, Satan had placed plenty of evil reasons and suggestions, beginning with Job's wife telling her husband to curse God and die. (Job 2:9b) That was just the start of all the evil advice Job's 'friends' were continuously giving him. When we begin questioning God's plan for our lives, the path of our future is flooded with pain, inside and out.
That path of questioning God, lays a foundation within us that undermines our assurances that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. (all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere present) In a word, CONTROL. Questioning God WHY plants seeds of doubt that He alone has control.
What is REQUIRED, whether we are employed, unemployed, or retired, is to remind ourselves that God is in control and He loves us more than our language can describe. We must immerse ourselves in black and white proof each day, by reading Heaven's history book, our Bible, to see examples of man following God's advice or trusting his own advice. It's your choice, as you start each and every day God gives you breath.