Is God an Internet God?

I have met many interesting people through my time at hubpages. I have come to know a little bit about you as you share your goals, dreams, and yes, even your lives. I have come to consider you my friends.

However, the truth of the matter is that I don't really know you. I have never personally met you. I cannot build a relationship based on a few hubs, but still I have learned to care about you as you draw me into your life through your writings. This is all good but I wonder...

I wonder if we treat God the same way. We read a little bit about Him here and there in His Word and think we have a relationship. We may attend worship on Sunday and seem satisfied that we have pleased God by our presence. But yet, do we really know Him on a personal level?

I remember hearing of a woman in my area that met a man online. She lived in PA, he in CA. She made the 3,000 mile trip to marry this man whom she had never met. They had an internet relationship, but she never really knew him personally.Today they are divorced.

Again, I wonder. Have you personally met the one and only true God? Superficial knowledge is not enough. I believe in George Washington although I've never met him. Belief in God is not enough. The book of James tells us that even the devil believes in God. Have you met Him personally or is He just an internet God?

There is a reason that He left the glories of Heaven and came to this wicked earth. He came that you might know Him personally. There is a reason He allowed Himself to be crucified at the hands of sinful men--that you might know Him personally. There is a reason He shed His sinless blood upon the cross--that you might know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. There is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.

Christianity is not a matter of simply believing God exists. Christianity is meant to be a lifestyle in which Jesus Christ continues to live His life through you. It's not a matter of just adding Jesus to your life. It is a matter of Christ being your life.

If there are some things in your life that you know do not please God, why not get rid of them right now? If you have never met Christ on a personal level, why not meet Him right now? He's waiting for you. Realize that there is nothing you can do to earn God's favor. The full payment for your sin was paid at Calvary. The ball is in your court. You can accept God's free gift or reject it, thus spending eternity in hell separated from God forever. Please don't just know of Him, but know HIM. God is not an internet God.

If you have any questions concerning your eternal destiny, please feel free to email me. I'll be glad to get you some information to get you started on your journey.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up and beautiful! right on pastor, and there is joy in knowing Him, real joy...


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub with great truths to live by. Truly christianity is living the life of Christ in your very own life. Thank you for sharing this timeless reminder. Blessings.


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Rev. Akins 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

Very nice analogy. I would add that some people can continue lasting friendships through the use of the internet. But following your analogy, they must first have met the person in the flesh (face to face) to create the relationship, and then it can be sustained in other ways. I agree that trying to meet God in such an impersonal way is not effective. Great Hub, enjoyed it!


His daughter 6 years ago

EXCELLENT! and right on. A word that needs to be spoken. God is a God Who desires intimacy with us.


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pintails7886 6 years ago from Memphis TN

You know, this is a great way to look at one's relationship with God. Very well put. Some may scoff at this, and say of course I know God personally. God abandoned the tabernacle of David's Kingdom to live in our hearts, and that is why God knows so well what each man keeps in his heart. Would God want to live in a heart filled with hate and vile intents, of course not. To meet God personally we must shed all that is sinful. He knows we are not perfect, and that is why He is Oft Forgiving and Most merciful. He allows us to make mistakes and to rectify those missteps we make, often on a daily basis.

Sadly some will only come to know God during worship services, they shed their evil hearts at the door of the worship center only to pick it back up as soon as they leave again.

Great hub.


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ama83 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

I agree that we should all look closer at our relationship with God. He is not meant to be remembered only on Sundays. Though I cannot claim to be perfect, in the least, I feel it is a good idea to keep God in mind in the decisions I make throughout the day. It's hard to feel alone when I remember that He is always with me. And, knowing that He is always with me encourages me to have light conversations with Him throughout the day. I don't think we have to be alone in solemn prayer to talk to God. Nor should we only come to Him for guidance. The key to a good relationship is communication, right? :)


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

I loved the analogy you use with the internet. It really made me stop and think. I know that I "know" Him and I am going to heaven, but there are days when I only spend "internet" time with Him. Thanks for pointing it out and bringing it to my attention!


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

What a great message. To know Him is more than a few quickly spoken words each morning. Thanks.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I'm falling behind a little, but thank you all for your comments.


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

Lifegate, I agree with you 100%. It took me along time to have GOD in my life and it was not easy. Now with me everything is about GOD first before anything or anyone.I know some people who go to church, read some of the bible, and some times talk or pray to GOD,and some like to write about him, but to have a true relationship with him, well that is a whole other story.Your hub was a great one.


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

My relationship with God grows each day. When I am down I ask myself if my suffering even comes close to what Jesus did for me? I feel better right away... Thank you for a wonderful reminder. Great Hub.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

lifegate, this is quick and sharp and to the point. All I could think of as I read it was 1John 4:19-21. Since we have not seen the Lord in person, we can only really show this love for Him by the way we treat people in real life. Just jotting down words on paper or on hubs is empty without practical practice. We know the Lord that much better when we know one another and love one another that much more. Peace.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A wonderful thought provoking hub which stimulated this comment:

We cannot physically see God, We cannot physically touch Him. But our faith is not predicated on human sight. It is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

As most of us know, Christianity is not a religion as much as it is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And as you put it, “Christianity is not a matter of simply believing God exists. Christianity is meant to be a lifestyle in which Jesus Christ continues to live His life through you. It's not a matter of just adding Jesus to your life. It is a matter of Christ being your life.”

Thanks for the message.

Forever His,


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"I wonder if we treat God the same way. We read a little bit about Him here and there in His Word and think we have a relationship." ...excellent point to ponder.

I like your example of the woman who made the 3000 mile journey to pursue an internet relationship. With knowing God we have to be real good or bad. anything else leaves us subject to merely a fantasy relationship.

Thoughtful Hub.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

lifegate, that's a great anology! You can't really know someone until you share time together.Knowing Jesus and talking to Him all during the day is such a precious privelege!


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Wonderful. Keep up the good work.


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

This is such an insightful and apropos message for the times we live in. The internet can be a useful tool, but it should never take the place of God in our lives!

We don't need to "log-on" to find him. He is just a prayer away! He wants to "download" His Spirit into us--we just need to "access" Him through prayer. It is the most AWESOME thing in the universe to have access to Almighty God, anytime we want!

What a great reminder for us this day, and I love the beautiful invitation you have extended at the end of your hub! Great job Brother lifegate!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

exjwlaurie,

Thanks for your insights--very interesting thoughts


JeanieR 6 years ago

Love the internet relationship analogy! No matter how much communication we have with an internet friend, the relationship remains shallow until we have face-to-face time for give and take.

Intimacy comes in the tough times as we work things out together and bond in the stress of the moment.

With God, our face-to-face is experienced by faith, but the bonding still occurs in the tough times as He sees us through with grace, strength and miracles of various sizes and significance.

We are invited to "yada", abide and dwell: that deeply personal knowing that is a requirement to experience the promises of Psalm 91. Just being Facebook buds won't cut it.


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I LOVE this. SUPER. I pray many are touched, I know I was. The walk with Jesus is awesome and I am so grateful. Many, many Blessings on your journey. Hugs.

I love the pictue! WOW


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for the prayers Skye. Tat does more than anything else.


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HarvestCentral 6 years ago

Amen... A personal relationship with God is something to be cherished. Those who have no idea what that is should do everything possibile to find it. This is a great hub.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HC,

You're right. There's nothing greater than a personal relationship with Christ. I hope many will find it. And certainly, if anyone has any questions about it, they can always e-mail me. Thanks for your comment.


Donna Ferrier 5 years ago

Not just a personal relationship with Christ in real life, but a personal relationship with others as well in real fellowship, not just internet fellowship. Too many people have used the net to replace real live relationships, but real relationships happen in real time. That was true in the Bible and it's true today. Putting the emphasis on the "real world" is a lot more difficult, but it's also a lot more rewarding. :) BTW, lifegate...I'm glad you're not old enough to have met George Washington...LOL...at least not in this life. Assuming he was the Christian everyone says he was, we'll see him one day in the next (and better) life. :)


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Donna,

Thanks for the input. I'm looking forward to meeting George!

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