Living In Orwell's 1984
When 1984 arrived, I was 31 years old, and watched the movie being promoted again, it was an almost daily topic for a long time-again. But, what Orwell was depicting in his book really hadn't arrived yet in the world, it was close, but not to the full degree he had portrayed.
We are there now-and it's just about hell on earth. But, you couldn't convince most people-they are hypnotized, brainwashed, and immersed in the technologies, and have swallowed the propaganda-hook, line, and sinker. No one younger than thirty remembers what it was like, to have real privacy, and they don't care.
Now there's been several generations of people saturated with TV, movies, computers, on-line videos, and hacking devices. The everyday person is now able to acquire them to probe and pry into the private life of just about anyone they wish- and has made a society void of a conscience, or any sense of remorse at putting you under their scrutiny, and microscope-and giving them the power to cause all manner of torment, and ruin someone by many means.
For several years now, new vehicles have the ability to be tracked with GPS devices-and many people use them to track you on the roads-I get very tired of it. I wish I'd kept an older model truck-that can't be tracked.
The computer is a device that can accomplish a lot of good, but also a weapon in the hands of those who use it as a spying tool-to probe into your private life, watch you on the other side of the screen to catch you doing something, or saying something they can use against you-and broadcast it around the world; and destroy you if possible. They don't care if what they're spreading is a half-truth, or an exaggeration; the intention is to ruin you.
The worst part of this is, people who do this will play-act, and pretend they aren't doing it, and accuse you of mental problems if you face them about it. This is the sick world everybody lives in now, and again, nobody cares.
The bible talks about the problems this causes, and what to do about it, some verses and some commentary is posted below-it may help someone who's as tired of this hellish situation as I am.
Mind Your Own Business
The bible has some counsel on the problems we face in today's probing/spying society. I can't control what other's do-but I can control what I do, and that's what matters.
It's important to realize that God is watching all of this-without a computer, or tracking device. The all-knowing, all-seeing God is watching and listening to everything we are doing and saying, and His judgments are always righteous. He not only knows the actions and decisions we make-He knows the motives of the heart. He knows when you are weary, worn, sick, being torn by multiple stresses-his measure of judgment is not the same as man's-His motives are always for your good, not to destroy you. If God chastens it's because He's trying to teach us, to correct us. His motives are not to destroy, but to guide, counsel, and bring us to a place of soundness, and victory.
As Christians living in this wickedness, Peter gives some guidance that helps us judge ourselves, and our conduct:
1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
Commentary from John Gill:
But let none of you suffer as a murderer,.... The punishment for murder was death by the law of God, Gen_9:6
My comment: The above is correct-however, I'll add the important truth that by the blood of Christ- anyone, no matter what the sin, can by cleansed, forgiven; and washed clean. Moses, David, Paul, and other's in the bible were murderer's- and were forgiven, and went on to serve the Lord, and were used mightily by God. After David was convicted by the prophet Nathan of his sin with Bathsheba, and plotting to have her husband killed-David repented in anguish and sorrow-referenced in Psalm 51. Moses spent many years in the desert after killing the Egyptian-it was in the desert that God appeared to him in the burning bush-and called him to set his people free from the bondage of Pharaoh. God uses broken people who have sinned greatly. A broken, and contrite heart, God will not despise-His mercy, is new every morning. No matter what your sin may be-there is forgiveness available for you.
Psa 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
or as a thief; whose fine or mulct, according to the Jewish law, was a fivefold or fourfold restitution, according to the nature of the thing that was stolen, Exo_22:1
or as an evildoer; a breaker of any of the laws of God or men, which are of a moral nature, and for the good of civil society:
or as a busybody in other men's matters; "or as a bishop in another man's diocese"; that concerns himself in things he has nothing to do with, and neglects his own affairs, and lives in idleness, and upon the spoil of others; or takes upon him to manage, direct, order, and command other men's servants, or persons that do not belong to him, to do his business, or whatsoever he pleases. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "a desirer of other's goods"; and the Ethiopic version, "a covetous desirer of other's things"; and so is led on by an insatiable thirst for them, to obtain them in an evil way, either by secret fraud, or open violence and oppression. To suffer in any such cases is scandalous and dishonourable, and unbecoming the character of a Christian.
Below is a humorous excerpt on the subject-in story form, that makes the point.
Mind Your Own Business
“Come, hurry up!” said the second hand of a clock to the minute hand; “you’ll never get round in time if you don’t. See how fast I’m going,” continued the fussy little monitor, as it fretted round on its pivot. “Come, hurry up!” said the minute to the hour hand, utterly oblivious of being addressed by the second hand. “If you don’t be quick you’ll never be in at the stroke of one.” “Well, that’s just what our young friend there has been saying to you.” At this point the clock pealed forth the hour as the hour hand continued, “You see we’re all in time-not one of us behind. You take my advice: Do your own work in your own way, and leave others alone.” Moral-Mind your own business. (Great Thoughts.)
Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
1Th 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
1Ti 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
2Th 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
2Th 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
But are busy bodies; though they work not at all at their own business, yet are very busy in other men's matters, and have the affairs of kingdoms, and cities, and towns, and neighbourhoods, and churches, and families, upon their hands; which they thrust themselves into, and intermeddle with, though they have no business at all with them: these wander from house to house, and curiously inquire into personal and family affairs, are tattlers, full of prate and talk, and, like the Athenians, spend all their time in telling or hearing new things; and they also speak things which they should not; they carry tales from one to another, and privately whisper things to the disadvantage of their fellow creatures and Christians, and backbite and slander them. These are the pests of nations and neighbourhoods, the plagues of churches, and the scandal of human nature; see 1Ti_5:13. excerpt from John Gill
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The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
But this is that which was spoken by the
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: