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John 3:16 KJV: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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Hello, all.  I'd like to discuss the philosophy of the internet that a christian should take and hold.


1.). The internet should be used by people to exercise the ultimate goodness that they have,  because the internet allows human beings to fully express themselves through editing and rethinking the content they send to others.  Whereas one may be foolish and say things they regret in real life, they have a higher capacity to be the ultimate good and ultimate expression of themselves  through virtual communication. All content a christian produces should edify the reader because of their increased capacity to do so.  You must post and type not as you would speak to someone. On the internet, you are held to a higher standard than you are in real life. 

2.) The internet allows for people to band together and communicate across long distances and thus it ought to be used to spread the word of God and show the love of he has shown us.

3.) The internet is not a replacement for social interaction.  The internet as per the first point is a place where human beings can express their ultimate goodness to one another by the nature of a post (able to proof read, able to gather thoughts clearly, and able to see your own words from afar.) The internet can be used for connecting initially but it must advance towards the natural end of an interaction between two present real human beings at some point.  Staying soley fixiated on a relationship with someone online may stagnate you and online relationships should receive significantly less time and attention than real ones. 

Theres more, but I'll stop here.  Please share your thoughts.  God bless.
>>25974 (OP) 
I think you make valid points as all of our actions should be directed toward the glorification of God and building of our virtues, whether that be online or offline. Unfortunately, the internet like every other technology is a double-edge sword nowadays. The anti-social tendencies that lurk behind both anonymous and pseudonymous conversations is even visible among Christians. Just peer into any YT comment section featuring denominational debate and one will come across all manner of uncharitable discourse. Many seem to forget that while there may be anonymity between us during conversation, there is no anonymity between ourselves and God. Engaging in offline social interaction is vital. Electronic addiction is more often than not the first addiction that gives rise to the even worse addiction of pornography. Learning to set a limit to the use of the internet is important in order to prevent it from becoming an escape mechanism.
>>25974 (OP) 
The internet was the instrument that God used to bring me to faith, not a physical preacher in a church or on the street, so I know God can use the most unexpected ways to convict someone.
Replies: >>25983
Same here; I converted through 8chan, of all places. Whenever I've told my conversion story, and had to explain what 8chan is, tends to raise up a few eyebrows.
Another thing that moved me towards my conversion was reading the Quran. It taught me that not all religions are precisely equal: while some embrace martyrdom others act like warlords. God can indeed use everything.

>>25974 (OP) 
I like how you think. Usually when you read about the Internet in a christian context, it's just to bash it. I specially like this part: "All content a christian produces should edify the reader because of their increased capacity to do so.  [...] On the internet, you are held to a higher standard than you are in real life. "
Think before you post; I know I often don't do that. Funnily enough, conversations on imageboards are more civil than those in places like Twitter and Instagram.

Also, point 3) is key here: move towards the real world. I've had the chance to meet in person people I previously know through christian discord servers, and it's a great experience. I find most people who convert tend to move away from the Internet, and engage with local parish groups. Thus online christian sites are overwhelmingly filled with new converts; they tend to be overly zealous and a bit more toxic.
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It is interesting that you mention the "moving away" from the internet aspect of the sanctification process, because it is true that as we grow closer to our Lord, we move away from things that may ruin our soul. That is to say, it is a shame that the internet has to be so full of temptation, vileness, and many evil things that take us away from our lord. Of course, some people simply move away from it because they've found what they lacked in real life and replaced with the internet, like a social group (a parish group) but I feel the amount of vile content on it also plays an important role for leaving. It can be used for wonderful things, as it has for you in your conversion, and in helping you find friends who share your faith.  The OP pic is Carlo Acutis, who, if you did not know, was a catholic programmer during the early internet. He built websites for the glorification of God, and the Lord took him young.  The old internet was far more civilized and cleaner than it is today, believe it or not, because it was still a new technology and only a select few people used it, and so it attracted many Christians who had an interest in computers such as Brendan Eich, the creator of javascript and the brave browser, who is roman catholic as well.  Of course, as time went on, the internet was mostly seized by the secular of our world and it has now become what it is today.  Because of the nature of today's internet, genuine Christians tend to stay away from a lot of it so as to not lose their soul, and again, it is a shame since we could use more Christian programmers in the world; Programming culture today is very atheist and motivated by greed.  That is not to say that there will no longer be any Christian programmers, of course there will be and there are.  I feel we should all pray that the internet becomes a holy tool that is used for the glorification of God, that at the very least, it can become clean removed of its obscenity and addictive/life ruining aspects.  I pray that the internet becomes a place for human beings to pray for another, to love one another, to help one another and push humanity towards a brighter future towards God.
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>The old internet was far more civilized and cleaner than it is today
That's because it was basically a 'White Nerds Only' club. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, the Jews moved in, and that was the end of that.

>we could use more Christian programmers in the world;
I'm both a Christian and a programmer. I'm trying to produce systems that could help millions of men potentially (though you may  think it scandalous) -- possibly even to the salvation of their souls. I pray so. Cheers.
I've heard of Carlo Acutis, but I'm not too familiar with his story. All I know is that since he's been beatified, his PlayStation is now a 2nd class relic.

>Brendan Eich, the creator of javascript and the brave browser, who is roman catholic as well
Didn't know that either. All the more reason to use Brave now.
Replies: >>25996
>Brendan Eich
Another reason is that he was explicitly singled-out and targeted for attack, roughly during the 2008 election era IIRC (maybe it was 2012 instead?), by the Leftists and all the usual suspects involved with Marxism in the US. Turns out he made a US$1'000 donation to an organization that was staunchly pro-family (IIRC this was about the time the DOMA was under attack and eventually overturned by the sodomites, et al). Some journalist in the Jewish-controlled media got wind of it, and they proceeded to all dogpile onto Brendan because of his Christian, pro-family stance; beginning with a pro-sodomite dating site that banned Firefox browswers, and made a big show of doing so.

So, after 25+ years as a founder, CEO, and lead programmer, he stepped down from his own organization once several loud-mouthed zealots from within attacked him. These Communists & Jews all cheered about it at the time, but jokes on them.

He quickly began building a quite operation behind the scenes that eventually became the Brave browser & ecosystem for privacy. While everyone else has rushed to grovel at the invasive G*ogle, Brave has slowly built a resistance faction to that police-state-like evil. The Internet has been better because of this outcome ever since, though it clearly cost him at the time.

'Brendan Eich is a hero, and Brave is breddy based.'
Replies: >>26139
I've never heard about this guy but seems like he's quite important. FF went pozzed about right after he left, it seems. I used to be a long-time FF user but nowadays I always use Brave unless I for some reason need a very specific extension. On my tablet and phone, where FF is a nerfed down version anyway, I use Brave 100% of the time.
Replies: >>26140
Nice. I actually pay for their (somewhat more expensive) VPN service as well, US$9.99 . I figure it's well worth it to support something that doing real good on the Internet (for the time-being at least), for a service I'd want anyway. They're also far less -likely to be in bed with the 5 Eyes as well. Cheers.
1.) A minute spent on the internet is a minute spent away from God.

2.) Aside from divine grace; read point 1.

I think I've got it down correctly already anon.
The internet is too good at providing nerd media with sex appeal.
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