The Internet Has Been Around for a long while…
Unlike technologies such as the light bulb or the telephone, the Internet has no single “inventor.” Instead, it has evolved over time. The Internet got its start in the United States more than 50 years ago as a government weapon in the Cold War. For years, scientists and researchers used it to communicate and share data with one another. Today, we use the Internet for almost everything, and for many people it would be impossible to imagine life without it. (Click here for entire article)
Few of you remember back when AOL and Compuserve were our introduction to the World Wide Web. Our emails and browsing history were all we worried about. JUNO was a way to have email without access to the Internet. Everybody paid for these basic service providers that required you to load software on each PC in order to access the Web through dial-up modems.
If you wanted to save anything you basically printed it out. I’ve long since cleansed my file cabinets of many documents and have saved them in PDF’s and Word documents.
In fact, technology continues to change so rapidly that anything written or spoken can be saved into files that can be recalled with simple search statements. I suspect there will come a day when everything you “think” will be recorded on digital storage devices. Researchable and known by anyone who has the key to your storage devices.
This means all your “sins” and “trespasses” are not forgotten. Everything you’ve done is remembered. This is so against scripture that tells us God has benefits, healing for all our diseases and forgets all of trespasses.
And we are so quick to post everything on social media. Our hurts, fears, joys, and just about anything that gushes out of our being. Aggravations. Whining attitudes. Images that we will wish someday to be wiped out of existence.
Think about this for a moment…
God forgives us of our trespasses. Man remembers.
Psalm 103 A Psalm of David.
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
An interesting thought should consider how everything we are identifies our holiness before God, and before mankind. Rev. David Bernard tweeted a few years ago.
Holiness involves dress and visual media but also the tongue, the pen, the computer keyboard, and the way we treat other people.
This is the struggle we face with the internet. It remembers everything. All of our trespasses, all of the hurts we have received and given, all of our history – it’s available with the simple click of a button.
- When you receive something hurtful, or you give something hurtful, you are storing it up for as long as it can be saved by someone else.
- When you go somewhere you shouldn’t go, you are storing the history of it the same way.
- When you involve yourself in some questionable site, you are giving away a piece of your life into the hands of someone who does not care about you.
The internet might be thought to make our lives easier, but it really makes our life a challenge.
Remember. What we have done can be forgiven and forgotten by God, by the Internet never forgets…