不久前我與一位網站設計師聊天，他向我保證每個人都用摩斯拉火狐（Mozilla Firefox）作為主要瀏覽器，所以我應該讓那瀏覽器在我的網站上充分發揮。按照他的說法，網路探險器（Internet Explorer）已過時，我可以不要再用了。
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CHOOSING YOUR TOOLS – AND THE ADVICE YOU ACCEPT
By: Jim Mathis
Some time ago I was talking with a website designer who assured me that everyone uses Mozilla Firefox as their primary browser, so I should optimize my site for that browser. According to him, Internet Explorer was now outdated and I could pretty much ignore it.
I am often reminded by my friends using Macintosh computers that everyone important uses Macs, so I should stop working with Microsoft Windows.
I did a little research, which is easy enough to do, and determined that only 8% of people accessing my websites use Firefox. More than 90%, however, use some form of Internet Explorer. Also, only 7% of them use Macintosh.
Learning that more than 90% of the people use Windows and Internet Explorer reminded me to always take other people”s opinions with caution. It also reminded me to be careful about expressing my own opinions, since they can be easily verified or refuted by factual data.
In Acts 17:11, the Bible says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Examining the Scriptures to check the facts is the very definition of noble character, according to this passage.
We should not blindly accept what people tell us without doing our own thoughtful study. This is true whenever we are making important business, financial and personal decisions, but perhaps even more crucial for issues with eternal consequences. It may not make much difference which Internet browser you prefer to use, but understanding God”s love and the forgiveness He offers through faith in Jesus Christ does have major consequences for eternity. Therefore, your conclusions should not be left to hearsay and the opinions of others, without studying the original source book – the Bible.
Since the discussion I had with the website designer, I have downloaded Firefox and found it does have a few advantages. Internet Explorer, however, also has some advantages, so I find myself switching back and forth depending upon the situation. They are both only tools and there is no universal tool for searching the Internet. The more tools you have in your toolbox, and the more you know when to use them, the better.
The same holds true for spiritual growth. Bible study is an important tool for learning about God. Prayer is another important component in our spiritual growth, but so is encouragement from others that are part of our community of faith, as well as what we learn by listening to sermons, other spiritual presentations, reading books and other means for gaining spiritual understanding.
Three points to remember:
• Do not believe everything you hear.
• Use all the useful tools that are available.
• Be open to what God is saying to you.
Jim Mathis is the owner of a photography studio in Overland Park, Kansas, specializing in executive, commercial and theatrical portraits, and recently has opened a school of photography. He formerly was a coffee shop manager and executive director of CBMC in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
When seeking advice, how do you determine who you go to for counsel – and what you do with the information you receive? Have you ever taken advice that someone gave to you with great conviction, only to later determine the individual was wrong? What were the consequences you encountered? Many esteemed business periodicals have affirmed the significance of spirituality in the workplace. In terms of spiritual growth, what tools have you found most helpful? Jim Mathis refers to the ancient Bereans, who examined the Scriptures daily to discern mine whether what the apostle Paul was telling them was true. What do you think about this approach to seeking spiritual understanding? Has this proved helpful for you? Explain your answer.If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages:
Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9-11, 105; Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:14-17; Hebrews 10:24-25