A hallmark of the new times is the increase of the phubbers. The smartphones have become an indispensable necessity. Through phones, we share our daily life on the Internet. Bad information such as violence and porn flooded the Internet. However, many people share and enjoy it. In this music video, a man is beaten by some people as everyone around him just films it instead of stopping it; a heavily made-up woman takes a selfie when a building burns in the background; a woman on the subway is harassed by a strong man but no one uphold justice, and even the big-eyed child is afraid; a girl is made a laughing stock after her terrible dance is uploaded, and the aftermath of her suicide just leaves a video and some pictures in the phone of others. All people in the video are numb, focus zombie-like on their phones, and are even imprisoned by smartphones. Some people post their beautiful selfies online while the reviewers keep giving thumbs up like a puppet on a string. People stare at their smartphones no matter where they go and what they’re doing. At last, they go into ruin with phones. … The big-eyed child cannot fit in, nor can he correct all this; he only look on and get lost in the world, confused and helpless.
This practice drives the social trend and has a great impact on everybody. Compared with other channels, the Internet most easily satisfies our desires, but it also easily destroys us. Through the Internet, we make money, become famous, find friends and widen our knowledge. However, cyberbullying, fake news, rumors and fallacies appear on the Internet. More and more people commit suicide because of cyberbullying. People use the Internet to control others’ thoughts and the public opinion for the sake of their fame and fortune. After reading lots of similar news, I cannot help thinking: What force pushes this evil trend? Why does it have a great impact on us?
God’s words give us the answer, “One after another, all these trends carry an evil influence that continually degenerates man, that lowers their morals and their quality of character more and more, to the extent that we can even say the majority of people now have no integrity, no humanity, neither do they have any conscience, much less any reason. So what are these trends? You cannot see these trends with the naked eye. When the wind of a trend blows through, perhaps only a small number of people will become the trendsetters. They start off doing this kind of thing, accepting this kind of idea or this kind of perspective. The majority of people, however, in the midst of their unawareness, will still be continually infected, assimilated and attracted by this kind of trend, until they all unknowingly and involuntarily accept it, and are all submerged in and controlled by it. For man who is not of sound body and mind, who never knows what is truth, who cannot tell the difference between positive and negative things, these kinds of trends one after another make them all willingly accept these trends, the life view, the life philosophies and values that come from Satan. They accept what Satan tells them on how to approach life and the way to live that Satan ‘bestows’ on them. They have not the strength, neither do they have the ability, much less the awareness to resist.”
It is Satan that controls these evil trends that continually degenerate us. Since these trends satisfy our fleshly desires, we are willing to accept them and change our lifestyles. We don’t mind whether what we see and hear is right, whether or not it is the fact, but follow it as long as it attracts or satisfies us. God’s words tell us that this kind of lifestyle has brought us to live under Satan’s domain. We can only become more and more corrupt. If we continue on this way, we can imagine our outcome. So, we should seek how to avoid being influenced by such social trend so as not to be taken advantage of by Satan.
God says, “Whenever Satan corrupts man or engages in unbridled harm, God does not stand idly by, neither does He brush aside or turn a blind eye to those He has chosen. All that Satan does is perfectly clear and understood by God. No matter what Satan does, no matter what trend it causes to arise, God knows all that Satan is trying to do, and God does not give up on those He has chosen. Instead, without attracting any attention, secretly, silently, God does everything that is necessary.” “What God wants to see is that man’s heart can be revived. In other words, these ways that He uses to work on man are to continually awaken the heart of man, awaken man’s spirit, letting man know where they came from, who is guiding them, supporting them, providing for them, and who has allowed man to live up till now; they are to let man know who is the Creator, whom they should worship, what kind of road they should walk, and in what way man should come before God; they are used to gradually revive the heart of man, so man knows God’s heart, understands God’s heart, and comprehends the great care and thought behind His work to save man. When man’s heart is revived, they no longer wish to live the life of a degenerate, corrupt disposition, but instead wish to seek out the truth in the satisfaction of God. When man’s heart has been awakened, they are then able to make a clean break with Satan, no longer to be harmed by Satan, no longer to be controlled or fooled by it. Instead, man can cooperate in God’s work and in His words in a positive way to satisfy the heart of God, thus attaining fearing God and shunning evil. This is the original purpose of God’s work.”
It can be seen that if we want to get rid of the evil trend, what’s important is that we know God’s deeds and accept His words. When we have God’s words as life, we will be able to discern good from evil, and no longer be deceived and controlled by Satan. Instead, we can actively cooperate with God to satisfy His heart, and eventually fear God and shun evil. As long as we have God’s words, we can still find the true path in life and live a meaningful life in this evil age. My brothers and sisters, and I have experienced that if we pray to and rely on God and act according to God’s words whenever we want to follow the worldly trend to indulge ourselves and seek fame and wealth, we are able to set aside our selfish desires, no longer be constrained by fame and fortune, but become free and liberated. Thus, we have received God’s protection. I’m so grateful for God and hope that more people can return to God, accept His words and find the significance and value of life.
Related article: The author used to do things against her conscience under the influence of the social trend before God’s words awakened her heart. She saw God’s wonderful blessings. Read Christian testimony: How Did She Overcome the Test of an Extra-marital Affair?
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