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November 9, 1997

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"Found Out!"

Hello Everyone...

This last week one day I got a call at work from a friend whose boy (a highschool freshman) had gotten in a panic over something he had "accidentally" downloaded from the internet, and had gone and deleted the \windows\system directory...not knowing what he was doing...trying to get rid of the "evidence." And now, Windows would not run. And..did I have any suggestions?

When I eventually got to the computer a couple days later, sure enough, the \system directory had been wiped out, slick as a whistle. This is going to require a "rebuild" and re-install of many programs.

Now, we get to the "meat" of this piece. In the course of a few days of questioning "what" he did, and "why" ...finally yesterday the matter was clearly defined. He had done it with Netscape. ..."Internet"

So, later when I was over visiting I retrieved Netscape's \cache directory onto my portable QuickDrive, and then, plugged into his mother's (working) laptop we went through and discovered "what" he had been into.

(For you parents who might not be aware... you can keep tabs on what your kids do on the internet by running Windows Explorer, find your way to your browser's \cache directory (folder) and start clicking on the files. Their names are changed to alphanumerics that the browsers use to facilitate more quickly going back to some screen you had been looking at previously; and these files will be the bits and pieces that make up a website. But they also provide a "trail" as to where the browser has been pointed most recently. You can see "what" your kids have been looking at.)

What we discovered was the portals to the worst smut available on the Internet. He'd been a rather "busy" lad that day, too, as there were about 60 files with the date tag. After a couple dozen we had seen "enough."

I set up the cursor on one of the more explicit ones, and his mother called him in... And I then clicked that file...

What!!?? Oh yuck!!?? Pretend surprise!! His mother noticed his expression was one of recognition. He "knew" what he was seeing. In retrospect, I realized that the tone of his voice as he was expressing "disgust" and "surprise" was really one of "Ooooh Nooo!! I've been caught!! How did 'they' find THESE!!!" His worst fear...his worst nightmare was JUST unfolding before him.(Yes..I was his age once, too!)

Now...what do you suppose the conversation went like? "What is this?" "I don't know." "Are you sure? Where did you get this?" "Well, the mouse was 'sticking' and I 'accidentally' downloaded..." "No...this is what you were 'looking' at. This was NOT downloaded." "Further denials.." "Look! You've been caught 'red-handed.' These files came from 'your' computer from the very day in question. Don't lie!" etc.etc.

Eventually the admission. Along with the URL to the site in question. Later, when I was to check out the URL, sure enough! That's where it all came from...

During the conversation his mother was expressing to him, "You know...there isn't anything you will do, that I won't eventually find out about."

Some tribes of Israel wanted to settle east of the Jordan river because the land was well-suited to pasturing. Not on the west side with the rest of the tribes. In such "isolation" from the rest, Moses was warning them against sinning against the Lord, and says, "be sure your sin will find you out." (Nu32:23) In Josh 7 we find Achan, who thought he could slip just a few items from the Jericho conquest into his tent. And all of Israel was defeated at Ai, and he was found out and destroyed. After David thought he had covered up his sin with Bathsheba by committing murder, he was confronted by a "hypothetical" situation, and when he gave judgment, Nathan responded back, "You are the man!" (2Sam12:7)

As he confesses, he then prays, "You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden You will make me to know wisdom."(Ps51:6)

Jesus Christ, Who "pierc[es] even to the division of soul and spirit...and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we give account" (Heb4:12-13) said this, "Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops." (Lk12:3)

And, how far will the search extend to find all the secret "dark"ness? "Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. (Rev 20:11-13)

The "lad"s punishment hasn't yet been fully determined for his excursion into "Smutland." But for the one standing before God in that day, the one not found in the "Book of Life" will be cast into the "lake of fire." (vs15)

Do not be deceived by the world's one-sided view of the "loving God" who "wouldn't REALLY" condemn anyone to an eternal hell. When the sinner stands "naked" before God, he will quickly understand that "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."(Heb10:31)

Amen!

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