Yesterday, one of the oldest newspapers in the UK, News of the World, issued its last edition and closed down after 168 years of disseminating news to the British people.
Allegations of phone hacking topped the list of crimes committed by reporters of this paper; the worst of it all was the hacking of a mobile phone belonging to a murdered school girl after she was abducted.
What is hacking by the way? First we need to look at who a hacker is. A hacker is a someone who, using a personal computer, breaks into the computer system of another organization. The process of gaining this illegal entry is what is referred to as hacking.
Some hackers gain access to other peoples’ computer system in order to obtain information which they can use to their advantage. Others derive pleasure in destroying the systems by either denying the owners from gaining access to their own systems or making the systems unable to perform some of the functions they were set up to do. This makes hacking destructive and criminal. The whole intention of hacking is to obtain secrets which could not be obtained legally.
Just last week, someone hacked into the Biblepraise website and defaced the home page. Thankfully we detected the point of vulnerability, restored our backups and got the website back online. This was a destructive act by someone who just chose to attack the website for no reason at all other than the satisfaction that his evil intention was accomplished.
For centuries, man has tried to hack into God’s secrets. They have used all forms of means like mediums, witchcraft and black magic. It is therefore not surprising that God hates these practices and warns us against them. One of such warnings is found in Duet 18:10, ‘Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft’. One of the reasons for the early death of Saul was the fact that he consulted a medium for guidance (1 Chron 10:13)
In this present day, there are people who still consult mediums as well as seek help from witches. They do all this in order to obtain spiritual secrets about their future or supernatural protection from their enemies. It is sad to note that some ‘churches’ even engage in some of these practices while showing a Christian front.
All that these people are doing is an attempt to hack into God’s mystery, which has very grave consequences. It leads to death and destruction both for those who consult and those who are consulted.
Any other way of seeking His secrets outside of His established order is attempting to ‘hack’ His secrets. Unlike the hackers of this world however, those who attempt to hack God’s secrets, end up obtaining the secrets of the powers of darkness. One common denominator is that like the hackers, the devil himself has no other objective but to steal, to kill and to destroy (John10:10)
The good news is that God is willing and ready to divulge His secrets to us. How do I know this? The disciples once asked Jesus, ‘Why do you speak to the people in parables?’ He answered, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given unto you but not to them’ (Matt 13:11.)
While Moses was addressing the children of Israel in Duet 29:29, he said, ‘The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever that we may follow all the words of this law’
Just like a company’s secrets belong to the members of that company and to those the company chooses to reveal certain secrets to, same applies to us as God’s children. God has revealed so much to us through His word and also speaks to us by His Spirit.
As a child of God, you have access to the mysteries of God. When you became a child of God, you were given an access code to log into God’s system. Through the scriptures, God reveals Himself to us. He speaks to us when we come into His presence in prayer and daily we are led by His Spirit who gives us insight into the mysteries around us.
Can God’s secrets be successfully hacked? No way!
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the owner of Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He currently resides in London where he works as an IT professional. He serves in the ministerial team of his local church as well as in the music ministry. He is the Moderator/Editor of Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org