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Old 10-30-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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It's apples and oranges...you cannot "communicate" by reading a book. That is something one can only do on a forum or other person-to-person situation. But reading has always been, to me, the utmost means of self-satisfaction, adventure, peace and contentment. I live alone, except for three insane dogs, and much of my time at home is spent involved in a book. I seldom use the forum at home. This means of communication is available during my work-day when others are out smoking or eating lunch or whatever they do when they are not at their desks...I spend that time checking in on the forum.

It strikes me as interesting that outside of this forum I am the most non-confrontational person on earth! I hate arguing and avoid conflict at all cost...but somehow I find the energy and freedom to express my thoughts and feelings here in this realm of semi-anonymity. It's a release... especially this particular forum because, as a non-Christian, I have spent years just trying to blend in and keep my thoughts to myself, all the while reading many books about spiritual and non-spiritual subjects but never having the opportunity to express myself. So...maybe it's a combination of the two: books and forums, that are the balancing act for me. Given a choice, though, I would have to go with books.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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I am immediately alarmed when someone comments that something is "worldly". I don't know who that person is, but he/she is worldly, too, and I can prove it. Do they drive a car? Watch television? Buy consumer products?

Ignore these twits who consciously try to impose upon others their standard of righteousness. This crap about worldliness is just so much blather. Chatting on a computer? Worldly? Well, I guess it is. If they're meaning that in a derisive way (and I guarantee you that they are) then I say, what's the problem?

Christ railed against people like that--the Pharisees and Sadducees who were so intent on creating a labyrinthe of do's and don'ts that no one could follow. Politely tell people like this to mind their own business.
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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The reason I posted this is because it was suggested that being on the computer is "worldly", and that it would be better to read books, to pass away the time.
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Being on a computer is, and is not, "worldly". It's NOT a sin, unless one is using the computer to satisfy worldy lusts. Visiting porn sites, or playing computer games to excess, would be a few examples. Playing a computer game is not generally wrong, but if that is all you do with your computer, then it could be an addiction.
But...I have to say that I use a computer about 100 times more than reading (although I do like to read), in the process of learning about Godly things. Why? Because a book just does not have that instant "search" feature (Google, etc), which dramatically speeds up the learning process. And a book generally cannot assist you in communicating with other Christians, like a computer can.
Would reading a book be better? That depends. If I sit down and thumb through a porn magazine, then is that not being worldly? On the other hand, if I sit down and read a Christian magazine, or the Bible, then it is not.
IMO: Just keep on using your computer, and don't worry about that person who thinks it is "worldly". Out of respect for them, I'd not use it when they are visiting, because to them it is "sin", and a stumbling block. But when you are alone, go ahead, it's not wrong. Especially if you are using it to visit the Christian forum...
My $.02 opinion...

Bud
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:19 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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I totally agree with your post , BudinAk.
Besides this is the way I am in contact with others. I am not a telephone person, and I have little opportunity to visit face to face with others.

The one who said it was 'worldly' seems to have an agenda of attacking Christians.

Don't worry, I am not going to worry about it. That is her snake to kill.
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: San Gabriel Valley, CA
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The one who said it was 'worldly' seems to have an agenda of attacking Christians.
The one who brought up "worldliness" (or her apparent lack of it, stating she tries to be in the world but not of it) was you, Marian...not anyone else but.

And no, Marian. It was not suggested that "it's better to read books to pass away the time". It was suggested after you said you go on the computer FOR EDUCATION that books are better FOR EDUCATION.

Suggestions were then made how you could contact people IRL.

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Old 11-08-2008, 02:07 AM
 
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Usually when someone says something is "worldly" it's meant as a pejorative--and in a judgmental way. In other words, it's something Christians shouldn't do. Yet virtually everything we do nowadays is "worldly" so who sits in judgment?

God does. He also gives us the intelligence to use as best as we can. Computers ARE technically "worldly". Are they sinful? I'm sure there are twits out there who would say yes. That's why I say to run from people who start using the word "worldly".
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