Where do all these computer viruses come from anyway? What sort of a sick mind would intentionally mess up the computer data of others?
John Norstad, a Northwestern University systems engineer and computer guru who invented "Disinfect," a software program that protects computers from viruses, once discovered the source of many of the computer viruses. In an interview with writer Perter Gorner, Norstad said:
I went to a conference in Europe in 1992 and met most of my counterparts in the PC anti-viral community. One fellow was a Bulgarian who told us about the Bulgarian virus-writing facotry.
Evidently, during the Communist heyday, the KGB trained and paid PC programmers to break Western copy-protection schemes. It was an official piracy program. Then, when the government fell in Bulgaria, all these people were out of work and bitter. So they formed virus-writing clubs and set about infecting the PC community world-wide. A significant percentage of the PC viruses came out of a group of disaffected hackers who had formerly worked for the Communists.
Computer viruses are a lot like false teachings about God and morality: they destroy what is valuable. Where do all the false teachings come from? According to the apostle Paul, many come from a group of malicious spirits called demons. They intentionally pump error into the world to deceive and destroy people.
God warns his people not to listen to the false prophets who say that he will not punish unrepentant sinners:
Jer. 23:16-20, "This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouht of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise me, "The Lord says: You will have peace.' And to all who follow stubbornness of their hearts they say, 'No harm will come to you.' But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purpose of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly."
Ezek. 13:10-12, "Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, "Where is the whitewash you covered it with?"
Jesus warns against false prophets who are wolves in sheep's clothing:
Matt. 7:15, "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they ae ferocious wolves."
False teachers masquerade also as angels of light:
2 Cor. 11:13-15, "Such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerades as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve."
Test the spirits (by the word of God) to see whether or not they are from God:
1 John 4:1, "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."
Don't allow false teachers to entice you back into slavery to sin:
2 Peter 2:18-19, "For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are jsut escaping fromthose who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity---for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him."
Be on your guard so that you will not be carried away by lawless men:
2 Peter 3:17-18, "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you many not be carried away by the error of lawless mena nd fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever! AMEN"