Most of us have probably heard the old adage “Curiosity killed the cat”, but I submit to you that it has done more damage than that. I am convinced that it has killed quite a few humans as well.
It has also been, I suggest, destructive in the spiritual life of believers. Perhaps there was a hint of curiosity even in of the well known parable of the Prodigal son, as he leaves for that far off land: to waste his substance in riotous living. (Luke 15)
If you, like I, were born with a inquiring mind, that curiosity may drive you in directions you never thought possible. It can be quite an explosive cocktail when mixed with the quick answers the internet provides.
Think of it. How do you respond when a headline flashes up on the webpage for something you are just curious about? Do you click it and head down a blind alley, not knowing what might come up next? I’m sure we have all been guilty of this at one time or another.
I suggest that we try not to make a habit of it, for curiosity can kill. Every corner on the internet may just have some hidden danger around it. We must remember that a 5 second look at something impure can take 20 years to erase. Worse, it can start a chain reaction which can lead ultimately to spiritual disaster.
How can we combat it? Here are some suggestions that I intend to try to follow.
1. Limit yourself – Can you limit yourself to (say) an hour a day on the internet? Believe it or not, the world revolved, the birds sang, and people lived for God before the internet was created 20-odd years ago!
2. Have a Purpose – Try to have a useful purpose when on the net. Surfing is relaxing but it can also be stupefying, helping your guard to drop and making susceptible to things that normally you would steer clear of.
3. Quick Confession – If you do happen to stumble across something smutty or unclean, take yourself to the Lord to confess and forsake it. Even spend time reading His word to cleanse your mind.
4. Remember what God has made you, and to whom your eyes belong to. (1)
– “You are bought with a price” 1 Cor 6:20
– “Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27
5. Remember that everyone of us has the flesh within, i.e. high explosive waiting for a fiery dart, therefore put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:13-18)
6. Find an accountability partner and set up accountability software such as accountable2you.
Curiosity can start innocently enough, but please remember, like the metaphorical cat, you don’t know what’s around the corner.
(1) A recommended book on these issues “Look Straight Ahead” – Sam Thorpe Jr, Everyday Publications” is found at the following link