The internet has changed that way that we relate to one another. I believe it’s both good and bad.
I have met several people online and have interacted with some on a regular basis and have never met them in the flesh. This to me is bad. There is a message board that I frequent and through this board I have met several ladies and many have contacted me online via email. A few have gone from email to the phone, but to date I have not met any of the women in the flesh.
I have to admit it took me a while to even show my picture to some of my online friends. The internet is such an illusive place and you don’t always know who is behind the computer. People can be anyone online, but it’s when you meet them in a flesh and interact is when you can really get to know who they are.
I’ve often wondered if Jesus would be online if he was in our day and age. I don’t think God is opposed to it, but I do think that God would like us to eventually meet the people who we interact with. I mean if something starts online and continues it should eventually end up with a face to face encounter.
Now I don’t think every chat online should get upclose and personal. It can be dangerous. I had a friend meet a man online on a Christian dating site and it was a mess. The internet is a place where you should be cautious. Perceptions can’t be based on a few lines on a computer. Here is one example:
I met a lady (I am heterosexual) on an online message board and we started emailing each other personally and eventually we exchanged phone numbers. Well when I would read her posts online she was very mild-mannered and sweet. I was always drawn to her posts because they seemed quite tempered and nice. Well when I met her over the phone she was quite the opposite. She was very loud, brassy and with time I found out that she would let her sister eavesdrop on the conversations we would have. They did this routinely. Later on a three-way she tried to get myself and the other lady on the line to listen as she called another lady without her knowing. I just hung up the phone.
Perhaps had we met in person I could have discerned these things earlier. Well here is my goal. I have three online friends that I’ve never met. I’ve talked to all three on the phone. I plan to meet all three next year. If I am to continue any relationship online I am going to have to meet the person in the flesh. I think that is a good goal.
Amplified Bible (AMP) 3 John 1:14:
14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.
The Message (MSG)
3 John 1:14:
13 -14 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.
Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.
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