In exodus 32, Moses is instructed by the LORD to get down from the mountain because the people had “corrupted themselves.” What exactly does it mean to be “corrupted?”
To most of us, corruption means filth, vice and perversion. So if we don’t fit into those categories, we feel quite safe from corruption, don’t we. But are we really?
The following example comes to mind:
As I was working on my computer, I recently received a message from my anti-virus program that said, “RISKWARE. HIDDEN INSTALL.” That was alarming. I was informed that there were a couple of programs installed and running on my computer without user interaction. In other words, these programs were just doing their own thing without my permission or knowledge.
They had somehow managed to slip by the security systems I had in place and were now writing their own files in my system, while, at the same time, were altering other files. Healthy files on my computer were becoming corrupted.
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How could that be, when, on the surface, everything appeared normal?
I called my PC tech and was told that although things appeared normal, and my computer seemed to be functioning just fine at the moment, the RISKWARE, unless gotten rid of, would continue to write its own files, while altering others. And one day, when enough critical files were altered, my computer would be effectively destroyed. How long would that take? It depends, he said, on how fast the RISKWARE worked.
Even though a computer can function with some corrupted files, it is not something that can usually be ignored indefinitely.
What happens when a file is corrupted?
1.) It loses functionality. It no longer executes commands correctly
2.) It becomes utterly useless—destroyed
But isn’t it interesting, that the results of corrupting a file are not always immediately apparent? Things can roll happily along for quite some time…until the file that has been corrupted is needed. Then, it will either zig when it should zag, or it simply will not respond at all.
RISKWARE. HIDDEN INSTALL! How in the world does that happen? In my case, something harmful had been injected into my system through something which appeared to be safe (remember the story of the Trojan Horse? The gift that rolled through the gate of the city, that was, in reality, a hidden bunker harboring enemy troops?). I had downloaded a program that was acting as a hidden bunker for this RISKWARE, a malicious virus, that had now made my healthy system its home and was working stealthily at corrupting it—writing its own files (one right after another), and altering others. My system was slowly but steadily changing—for the worse.
And I was assured by my tech support, that the situation would continue to deteriorate, until one day, my computer would lose functionality altogether. It would become completely corrupted…and crash.
Aren’t people like that? Can’t we function, apparently quite normally (sometimes for a very long time), even with a few corrupted files? But even so, it is a serious thing when we allow the situation to continue without intervention.
Through His risen son—Christ Jesus, His Holy Spirit, and His Word—the Bible, God has given us all things that pertain to LIFE and to godliness. But we are the keepers of the gate. Jesus said we must be DOERS of the Word and not hearers only.
If we are hearers only, and not obedient to the word of God, RISKWARE will infest our lives and spirits—writing files on our hearts that oppose God, His word and His Spirit, altering our attitudes until we are changed—for the worse, no longer responding to the Spirit of God, or to others, as we should—as He intended. We become hardened to selfishness, pride, materialism, blatant sin and destruction. Our conscience no longer bothers us. We become comfortable inviting even more RISKWARE into our lives by watching things on television (movies or DVD’s), listening to things on radio (CD’s or MP3’s), or participating in activities that once we knew were wrong and would have made us feel badly—but no longer. We are headed for destruction and don’t even know it. Our lives, and the lives of those closest to us, are adversely affected. Our relationships are damaged or ruined. Our physical, mental and emotional health is adversely affected. Our faith is eroded and headed for shipwreck.
Without intervention, we are on a collision course with utter destruction—we are going to crash. And Jesus said when the crash comes, it will be a big one.
But if we hear His word and act on it (are you reading your Bibles every day, always picking up today where your left off yesterday?), our system defenses will work properly. The RISKWARE will be detected and gotten rid of before we become completely corrupted. We will respond to the Spirit of the Lord, and to others, as we should. We will function properly as our creator intended. We will walk in the peace and the victory that Jesus promises to those who love and obey Him.
Do you know Jesus as your savior? Are you absolutely certain that you have eternal life that only he can give? If not, open your Bible and begin reading at the New Testament Book of John. We recommend a King James Bible with no chapter headings or study notes.
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Friday, August 29, 2008
The File Has Been Corrupted
Jocelyn Andersen is a writer, book publisher, domestic violence survivor, and ordained minister. She is a popular speaker, and whether she is preaching, teaching a Bible study, talking about Christian response to domestic violence, or doing workshops on writing and publishing, her talks and interviews are always, compelling, practical, and inspiring.