Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

Garbage in, garbage out

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There’s a term in IT that if a computer application takes in faulty data, then it will produce faulty results (GIGO).

Human beings are no different. There is so much research that supports the idea that media consumption (whether violent, profane, risque or any/all of the above) produces thoughts  and actions that lead to the same behavior.

This is really another example of how science supports the Bible. God’s Word doesn’t need science to support it, but why should we be surprised when God set the foundation for all the natural laws in the world? Academics are continually late to the party, attempting to make futile attempts to disprove the truth of the Bible, and yet figuring out what followers of Christ have known all along.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.—Philippians 2:14-15 (ESV)

I see the word “blameless” a lot in study. In Greek, the word is amemptos, meaning “not blameworthy, by omission or commission”. In other words, not doing something or failing to do something that would earn blame.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.—Genesis 6:9 (ESV)

Noah was also referred to in the Old Testament as “blameless”, which refers to having integrity or even a completeness of self. Job was also called “blameless and upright”, the word appearing 9 times in the book of Job.

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.—Psalm 19:13 (ESV)

The more garbage you take in, the more garbage will occupy you. You’ll have cluttered thoughts and impure reactions. The more garbage you allow to occupy you, the less “complete” you will be.

I am currently on a mission to “take out the trash” in my own life. I used to listen to some sports podcasts that I cut out of my life just because of the negativity they spouted. I am already someone prone to engage in criticism, and I found that the more I listened to them, the more negative I became! If they were critical, I was critical with them in my mind. If I disagreed with them, I was arguing with them in my mind.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.—Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today is trash day. Is there something that you are doing or listening to or engaging with that you need to take to the curb today?

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