Information Age and Deceit

I had this discussion with my student about how information is really just a click or swipe away and I’m glad that she was also convinced that we should put these information to the test and always confirm whether they are true or not. We are in the information age but we have to be vigilant enough to confirm things before we absorb and believe them. We have to stop being gullible and lazy when it comes to getting any information.
After the discussion, I was reminded of a verse in the Bible that says “but test everything; hold fast to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, ESV). Most of us are skeptics when it comes to truths concerning Christ but I am really wondering why it is easy for some, if not most or all, of us to just believe what is popular, trending and readily available. I believe it’s much better to confirm all information that would come our way. It could be information that we get online or it could be from another person. I have been tagged and I have viewed some stories online that would make you worry too much about something. We are in the information age; it is easy to search up some facts. In the past year, whenever I see something that seems like a hoax, I would look up information from news articles and hoax slayer forums just to make sure. It does take some of my time but at least those efforts are not wasted.
As a Christian, I believe that we should never ever act with blind obedience. God gave us a brain to analyze things and think things through. He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us know truths. The Bible advises us of the following:

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1, NIV

“8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:8-10, NKJV

May we be vigilant in filtering all information, suggestions and advice that come our way. Don’t be gullible. Always check and double-check.

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