Ashley Madison, Sin, and Judgment

By Kyle Borg - Posted at Gentle Reformation:

The Last Judgment -  ChristiansUnite.com
...Sometimes I hear people blithely say, "God is my judge." I've often wondered if they have any idea what that actually means. The Bible tells us "He has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:31). God wants us to be assured--made certain--that he will judge all the world. And when he does, we're told "God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:14) and "[he will] bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart" (1 Corinthians 4:5).

The Greek philosopher Plato once told a story about an ancient and magical artifact known as the Ring of Gyges. This ring possessed the power to grant invisibility to the one who wore it. Such an invisible person was given near limitless anonymity and could--it is supposed--do almost anything they wanted to without the fear of getting caught. The story is intended to be a thought-experiment. The question at issue is whether or not the invisible person would use their power for good or bad. How would you use it? If you had the guarantee that you'd never be caught, what would you do?

Apparently for some, such anonymity was used to create profiles on the social website, Ashley Madison whose tag line is: "Life is short. Have an affair." This website exists for the explicit purpose of encouraging and cultivating an atmosphere where people can secretly break their marital vows and engage in adultery--and all under the guise of near-invisibility. It boasts of over 39-million anonymous users. It promises 100% discreet services. It has even received trusted security awards. But, as it has now become apparent, Ashley Madison has overpromised and underdelivered. As almost everyone has probably read by now, hackers have made available 32-million account profiles which are now being copied and searched by internet users around the world. Their message to exposed users--"Learn your lesson and make amends." Secret profiles are secret no more--so much for the promise of invisibility and anonymity.

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