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Hacked

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Published by in Christian Living · 27 November 2018
Tags: Hacked
Credit for the graphic goes to "Krebs on Security."
 
The graphic representation of a hacked computer is more than accurate in that it also relates to each of us as individuals to "boot" (pardon the pun). We are all inclined to do bad things which are of course displeasing to God. These bad things are sinful because they turn us away from God.

By turning your hacked computer into a money-making unit for bad guys, your computer becomes any number of the following: a web server, a seller of virtual goods, an email attacker, a bot, a holder of keys for ransomware if not the victim, hostage attacks, all credentials ripped off and usurped; and, let's not forget your reputation in the social community totally damaged. Think of the "Hacked Computer" as you. You are capable of unimaginable bad things just like this graphic represents.

Kindly remember that evil exists to do bad things. When left unchecked, evil will always develop new ways to do bad things which will undermine your good intentions and cause a great deal of harm. Isn't that true about life as well? I mean, think about those who influence us. If you surround yourself with really bad people, then it stands to reason that one should not be surprised if you end up doing bad things yourself. However, if you surround yourself with well-intentioned people who have no intentions of harming others in any way, then it will be likely that you will probably end up being the same way.

The qualities of our lives may be defined by the people who influence and help shape our character. If you visit bad websites, like pornographic sites, then don't be so surprised when your computer gets hacked and no longer behaves as it was designed. The malfunction began by you not behaving as you were designed. You are not alone. Every last one of us have fouled up and as a consequence paid the price in some way, shape or form.

Your security is not limited to the computer itself. In Christ, your eternal security is defined by Jesus' finished work and it is given as a gift. It isn't about doing enough good to offset the bad in order to merit eternal life. It's not a negotiation. It's simply not possible to rate the perfect 100% requirement of being Holy while you exist in a fallen world. Nothing done in a fallen world can ever equate to perfection. It's a fallen world. Remember our graphic - no matter how many websites you go to that are good, it will in no way cancel out any of the bad ones which resulted in the consequences exhibited herein.

Man is born with a sinful nature. "Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned." Romans 5:12. “...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. There is a penalty for not measuring up to the Holy requirements of God. Romans 6:23 tells us that, "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ."

So, God made a way by taking us out of the equation and He substituted Himself. By not being born of man but was conceived by way of the Holy Spirit, man's sinful nature was not passed on to Jesus. He was therefore free to experience the whole gambit of temptations without ever succumbing to sin. His death on the cross was unmerited and thus undeserving of a man who was without sin. His death satisfied the requirements for sin but He had not committed any sin at all. So, His death became a substitute for all of those who call upon Jesus as Lord and Savior. Since He was without sin, death had no hold on Him and on the third day, He rose again proving He was God. His actions upon that cross at Calvary set the new standard by which we may now come into God's Holy presence. It is resting entirely on the merits of Christ for Salvation. Doing so, He offers New Life to the believers who of course believe on Jesus as Lord and Savior.

How does this relate to the hacked computer? Simple, rather than trying to fix it yourself and attempting to address all of the infections and registry issues and networking proxies and the like; stop, and take this as an opportunity for new life. Just like what Jesus is offering each one of us. Completely format the drive (your thinking) and redo the computer (your life). After all, even though you may think you got all of the bad stuff out of the computer (your life) by scanning and cleaning, bad stuff tends to linger (on the drive and in your mind) in spite of our good intentions. It requires a changing out of all of the old ways of thinking (renewing of your mind). It is written, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2.

In life, good things would be church, church family, fellowship, reading the Bible, Bible Studies, devotionals, serving; and, constantly looking to apply God's Word to your life in everything. When it comes to the computer, after wiping it all out and starting from scratch as a completely clean machine, it means installing good antivirus protection, downloading and install all current hardware drivers, downloading and installing all current Windows critical and recommended updates, downloading and installing all of the latest third-party software like Java and Silverlight; and, it means maintaining your good integrity while you browse the internet. After all, your bad sinful self was crucified on that cross and it is no longer you who live but Christ who lives in you. And the life you now live in the flesh you live by faith in the Son of God, who loved you and gave himself for you.

Please visit our other site which addresses many issues via experts debating each other over all of the various issues keeping you from the Truth. There you will find many resources to assist you in your relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. (Look2Jesus.com)

God bless you,

Richard Cunha  

 




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