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Diluting the Evil of the Internet by Christian Blogging

Within my circle of friends, family and colleagues, it is well accepted that the Internet is fraught with evil influence and with an excessive amount of vile content. Books have been written to this point and countless sermons have been preached. Seminar presentations have been spoken and position papers have been written. It seems clear to those of moral integrity that the Internet is a media which calls for cautious and intense scrutiny.

Having said that, and more to the point of this post, is the understanding that the Internet is an incredibly powerful tool–both for evil, but also for good. Indeed, the Internet has virtually changed our world. Consider that only a few years ago, the word Google was unknown. "Let's Google that," said to someone of recent generations would have produced a quizzical look, with not a modicum of understanding. A foreign language would have been spoken.
(It is interesting to note that even the spell checker here, questions the word Google.)

I try not to run on about it, but I have yet to get past my awe at such a tool as the Internet. That I can sit at my desk and access the libraries of the world, astounds me. That with a few keystrokes, I can post words that reach around the globe, gain information and cultivate new friendships is simply amazing.

Although, I am certainly not an experienced blogger, having only written posts for two months, today I am making a definite call for good people to flood the Internet. Let us make a statement of morality, impeccable speech, beauty, integrity and godliness. I hope I am not "preaching to the choir", for I know there are excellent Christian sites already here, and you may be the only ones reading this. Let us hope, though, for a flood of well-written uplifting material that will dilute and finally swallow up the ugliness and ungodliness on the Internet.

Tags: internet, blogging, godliness, Christianity, evil, morality, Google

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

22 replies on “Diluting the Evil of the Internet by Christian Blogging”

Shirley,
the blog is great, i’m enjoying reading all the different topics and couldn’t agree more with you about Christians utilizing the Internet to reach a community that might never be reached through the normal walk in church type of outreach.

keep up the blogging and God bless

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Read recently about a study that found that more young people use the internet to seek out spiritual things than porn. If the findings are correct, that’s huge, considering the rampant decay that floods the web.

Was reading a blog discussion regarding Christian inlvolvement in blogging and the “virtual neighborhood” we find ourselves in at times… What better place for the “light of the world” to be than where there is much darkness? That is, as long as we’re shedding light and not being engulfed ourselves.

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Melissa: I just read your post, and fully agree with you. Your have my full endorsement. Actually, I took a cursory look at the referenced site when it was first mentioned, and saw no problems there. I intended at a later time to fully pursue the subject and write about my findings. (I still have Thane for a couple of hours, and my style has been a bit cramped–happily so, I hasten to add.) Now, I will not write about the subject, but will defer to you.You have my blessings.

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Hi again, Shirley.
I wrote a post on my own blog regarding a comment from here and have included the comment. Please advise if I should remove that quote. Sorry I didn’t think to ask you before I published. πŸ™‚
Melissa

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hi shirley! thanks for dropping by my site and leaving a comment.

love the internet! =D especially blogging. but you’re right about the evil websites. i hope the good ones prevail! =D

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Shirley,

Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog…I, too, see the Internet as a very powerful tool that can be used for both good, and evil, purposes.

That being said, we as Christian bloggers have the obligation to spread the wonderful Gospel message to as many as we can reach; we have a wide-open forum…it’s about time we used it!

God be with you on your journey of faith, and blessed blogging!

In Christ,

Richard

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And long may you continue, Shirley!

The internet is a vocal thing. It lets people speak their mind through a thin veneer of anonymity. From that respect ironically it’s probably the most honest communication medium that exists. On the ‘net people will tell you what they really think. That’s something special, and should be cherished.

It means that folks will ask questions and show doubts where they’d normally keep quiet. That’s a good thing, because those questions can be answered and doubts dispelled. For those with faith it is a testing place, but for those without, it can also be a place to find faith.

Yes, the ‘net is a tool. It can be used for good, or evil. It’s can take you on a voyage of self-discovery too.

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Great post, Shirley!
The internet IS amazing!!
I love it when my kids ask me a question, like — where does the water go when we flush the toilet? — and I can say, I don’t know, but let’s check the Internet! (HowStuffWorks.com worked for that one!)
I pray along with you that God would use the internet for His glory and to spread goodness.
Deb

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Ellen. Thank you for coming by and for your support for good on the Internet.

No, you do not have to have a special account to record the hits. Go to Presentation, then to Sidebar. From widgets, drag over the Blog Stats icon. Really easy. They just started offering this a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not as sure about the tags and keywords. I added some at the end of my last post, because I had seen someone else do it. πŸ™‚ I’m still studying this part of blogging. I believe that WordPress has set up RSS feeds, so that even if you do nothing, your posts will be scanned. I may be totally wrong about this, but I believe that to be the case.

Blessings,

Shirley

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I enjoyed reading this – it would be great if the good from the internet started to outweigh the bad!

Shirley – I have 2 nonrelated questions – do you have to have a special account to have the hits in the margin (I have been trying to figure out how to do that – to no avail) and how do you do make your posts show up on tags and have keywords? If you could ever help me with this I would so very much appreciate it – thank you!

Blessings,

Ellen

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Here! Here! Or should I say Amen! Not sure. But I totally agree. I am amazed at the potential for the internet to help, encourage, support, and inform OR to lead to paths of destruction. I suppose Teller is right in that it falls to the individual and where their heart is leading them. But folks like us are at least throwing out seeds of righteousness to be found by those seeking them.

Those are great pics of your grandson. He looks like a delightful young man. I’m sure your time with him was precious.
Blessings,
Melissa

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Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Your pictures are wonderful.

I agree in your views that despite the bad, there is great value in the internet. In Kuwait, ISPs block many sites that they believe host immoral content. I don’t believe in censorship. If people have sin in their hearts, they will find ways to get around that as they do by using proxies and the like. We may not share the same faith but your idea of flooding the internet with decent material appeals to me as a person who believes in good and decency.

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