Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Mass of Information

David J Stitt

When I consider the mass of information that is available to us with just the touch of our fingers it is utterly staggering. Filtering the information we choose to consider should now be elevated to the highest of our priorities. There is so much information that is damaging to our eternal welfare and at the same time so much that that has the potential of edifying us to a level beyond our comprehension. When we lay this fact along side the importance of developing defenses against Satan’s influences the following scriptures take on an added applicability to our present day.

Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. (2 Nephi 9:51)

Now let’s combine 2Ne 9:51 with:

And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.
(Doctrine and Covenants 50:23)

We simply do not have the time or energy to waist on that which is of no worth. We should focus on those things that will fatten us up spiritually rather than those things that only starve us to death. The opposition is so sophisticated now that frittering away our time on that which “cannot satisfy” will destroy our spirituality.

Elder Bednar recently said the following at the World Wide Leadership Training:
"The adversary’s attacks upon eternal marriage will continue to increase in intensity, frequency, and sophistication." David A. Bednar, “Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Ensign, Jun 2006, 82–87

There may have been a time when we could coast a little, but in our day this will no longer work. All three of these escalations (intensity, frequency, and sophistication) can only be overcome by not wasting time on worthless information or entertainment. Instead, we should be spending it on things that actually nourish us.

I have to remind myself of this daily and even then the challenge is still really tough.

This is partly why I wrote the book, “The Master Deceiver: Understanding Satan's Lies and How to Resist Them.”

In future blogs I will discuss more of how this book came to be.

1 comment:

tjhirst said...

Truly agree with your words, "Filtering the information we choose to consider should now be elevated to the highest of our priorities."
However, am I the only one that finds myself spending most of my time filtering? I wish that process was quicker so I could put my time into digesting and using that information.