By no means would I pretend to speak for God; I will do my best to provoke your own encounter with the Lord of Creation.
One of the greatest blasphemies on this earth is the notion that divine justice can be codified. Divine justice is the moral character of the living God, and it is defined as whatever He wants, whenever He wants it. No living creature has any claim on God such as to demand that He lock things down in writing. This is why we reject the notion of “propositional truth.”
Ultimate Truth is a living person, and we get to know that Person via the record of the gospel message. The written record is not the truth itself; it is the reliable witness of humans who loved Him and served Him. There must be variations in what they say about Him, because no two of us can possibly have the exact same impression of Him. Objectivity is a pernicious fable. He will not treat any of two of us precisely the same. The notion that justice requires “fairness and equality” is blasphemy. What God does with each of us is, by definition, just.
This is not up for debate — not on this blog, anyway. What’s left is learning to reject the false assumption that justice means fairness and equality. It was Satan who first raised the question of fairness in the Garden of Eden, injecting into the minds of Adam and Eve the false notion that God needs to be fair with us. It was blasphemy to dare judging God by some standard imagined by humans, which is the ultimate meaning of Forbidden Fruit. Original Sin was essentially rejecting God’s revelation and substituting something arising from human reason. It was, after all, the Tree of Judging Good and Evil, if translated literally.
Still, God is not capricious. His moral character is consistent, and we can learn it; we are required to study what we can know about His judgments so that we can form a living image of Him in our hearts, same as we would with any other person we get to know. And it should be painfully obvious that no two of us will have the same exact encounter with God, any more than any two of us have precisely the same DNA, or the same precise experiences in life. We are not clones, and divine justice cannot be cloned in mere words. You must learn to walk by the convictions God wrote into your very being. Never truly submit to the judgments of another human, but always seek peace with God alone.
We can come to a consensus to enable acting in concert, but we should never expect to agree on everything to the point we could pretend that objectivity is possible. It is the product of fallen human intelligence to imagine that there is some objective truth out there, and that we could reason our way to it. There is only experience and perception, and perception is flexible by nature. The only standard is individual peace with God.
If we can accept this, then we could never buy into the popular notions about human freedoms. We reject utterly the whole concept of human rights. We live in a fallen world and our at-large encounter with the human race will always be unjust. The question of what’s fair and equal is a lie of Satan, a distraction meant to keep you from discovering God’s blessings for you.
This applies to anything we do with the Internet. Censorship is a factor in human existence. Given the broad depravity of humanity, we don’t need people out there promoting Satanic lies. We don’t need fresh new ideas on how to sin against the Creator and violate the moral fabric of Creation. We need better ideas on how to pursue the divine calling on our lives. We need help resisting the temptations that pull us off course.
So on the one hand, we need to know more about blocking from our computers stuff that speaks evil in our minds. On the other hand, we need to push through the barriers out there that keep us from the information others have, and the expression of our own information, that we need to serve God. We are morally obliged to chase both at the same time. Some parts of this battle rely on things built into our personal moral character, making use of the talents God has granted. But other parts are a matter of technology, one part of instrumentality of Creation, the means to serving an eternal purpose.
I do not oppose censorship in principle; I oppose censorship that keeps me from my mission. As an elder called of God, I also oppose censorship that hinders your service of God, as well. I will not pretend that I can raise up some universal moral notion and campaign to make everyone subscribe to my vision of truth. That’s a false idol. Rather, it’s a matter of tactics we must each learn and use to get us through the barriers Satan raises to keep us from our divine heritage of blessings. It’s not that “all’s fair” but that we should expect very few people out there to support our mission. Most won’t consciously seek to hinder us, either.
There are two primary issues with the Internet: Our computers and other computers.
It’s pretty hard to do any of this without having some control over what happens with our computers. There’s no way any of us could exercise total control; doing so would eat up so much time and resources that we could do nothing else if we pursued that goal. Rather, the goal is sufficient control to get things done. We thus seek to know as much as we need to know, and learn how to stop pushing when God gives us peace. More control is more work, and we must learn to deploy limited resources in a balance that serves our divine calling.
The other issue is how we interact with other computers. Networking is voluntary sharing between computers. Making demands requires we first have some kind of agreement with other computer owners out there to meet their demands. You can propose all kinds of “ought to be” regarding this, but we are left each day with facing what actually is. We must learn the calculus of what is likely to be a problem now in pursuit of the mission of sharing the gospel.
A major element in this is the massive scale of the whole thing. Most of what we encounter is a mixture of barriers and openings based on someone else’s calculus of efficiency in getting what they want from the sheer mass of numbers behind all that traffic. We have a purpose and calling that sets us apart from the herds, and we can often leverage that by hiding in the herd and avoiding notice. It costs extra to set up traps for we few, and most services out there won’t bother with much. By the same token, doing something unexpected can also result in being locked out by default.
The trick is to keep track of how those problems and opportunities arise. This is the way I look at things, the basis from which I write about technology and political issues.
Addenda: In response to an offline query — Don’t evaluate my writing based on reason. I want you to evaluate what I write from your convictions. Does it speak of God’s truth to you? Does it cause you to find peace with Him? If not, ignore me, because this message isn’t for you.