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Internet's impact on walk with Jesus

Discussion in 'Spiritual Formation & Disciplines' started by jisaiah6113, Jan 13, 2021 at 9:37 AM.

  1. jisaiah6113

    jisaiah6113 Member

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    I've noticed the World Wide Web has had an increasingly negative impact on my walk with the Lord. It's provided a lot of avenues for temptation and discouragement, as well as the news' ability to provoke rage and finger pointing. I just want to share for those this resonates with, that it might be time to take a step back in your Internet consumption. I notice the Internet has gotten A LOT worse since the pandemic. There must be one of the largest wealth transfers in history, because ads are present on all the websites like never before.

    Even coming to CF, last night I noticed an ad that was very provoking to my flesh. I looked up a worship service on YouTube last night that I regularly watch, and looked at the comments section. There was a comment by someone with an avatar of a completely naked person with a name that had "XXX" in it. It's truly impossible to avoid sin on the Internet anymore. Maybe there is a concerted campaign among Internet advertisers to tarnish us all so that we're all lemmings who have no walk with the Lord. Who knows. I just know that overall, for all of its benefits, being on the Internet is dragging down my walk with Jesus, and I think for some of you, you might need to severely limit or even entirely get rid of most of your Internet consumption, except for maybe GPS and email.
     
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  2. Maria Billingsley

    Maria Billingsley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you join CF, you will get no ads. I think its only $10. I think I can gift it to you as well, if you wish. Be blessed.
     
  3. jisaiah6113

    jisaiah6113 Member

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    I would be interested in an ad free experience. I think you can also get this on YouTube, but I feel creepy about giving Google money. Then again, they already get money by me clicking on their website. I would be willing to pay to have a cleaner experience online, especially at CF.
     
  4. pescador

    pescador Newbie Supporter

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    And you're posting this on an Internet forum??

    The internet is just another form of communication, equivalent to the telephone or conventional mail. If it bothers you to use the Internet then don't but it's absurd to think that others shouldn't use it based on your own personal reaction.
     
  5. jisaiah6113

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    I thought it might be helpful to someone else. I'm not sure why there are always people like yourself who feel the need to shoot something down that could help someone else. Maybe you should try to be helpful to someone else.

    By the way sir, the Internet is not equivalent to the telephone. Nobody is going to throw pornography in your face on a telephone. Your post is not only not helpful, it is false.
     
  6. Lg2000

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    If something causes you to stumble limit it or remove it. I feel you man. I'm addicted to the net . For as far back as I can remember having access to the net I've been addicted and it opens up alot of things if you allow it , just like anything else in this world.
    Gotta use it as a tool and not let it control your life and im speaking to myself as well right now
    Anything that takes you away from god can be harmful.
     
  7. pescador

    pescador Newbie Supporter

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    Because you personally struggle with the Internet doesn't mean that you should crusade that using it is evil (or even tempting). While I am sorry for your struggle, please realize that it's personal to you. Billions of people use the internet every second of every day -- with no ill effects. To me you sound like a person addicted to alcohol telling everyone to never drink beer.

    Why are you "shooting down" perhaps the greatest form of communication ever invented. And BTW, there is telephone porn, so should we warn people about using the telephone?

    Again, I'm sorry for your struggle and wish you the best, but... it's your struggle.
     
  8. ~Anastasia~

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    Just a by-the-way ... I don’t see ads on CF, but if you DO see one that doesn’t belong on a Christian site, well I used to report them in the past. I’m not sure what info they need to look into it, but they used to remove “provoking” ones when pointed out. I don’t think staff is able to completely review everything and some images can be missed.
     
  9. jisaiah6113

    jisaiah6113 Member

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    God bless you sir. Have a good day.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2021 at 6:16 PM
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