I am convinced the utility of the internet is appreciated not only by pagans but also amongst the redeemed. But given its possibly injurious nature, Christian believers must need only use it with caution or it may be for their lives. While some safety measures, such as keeping away from voluntarily requesting lewd or vain content, may be obvious to any biblically zealous Christian, a handful may not. Which is why I, on this dispatch, wish to share certain two measures possibly not obvious that Christian looking to evade internet offenses (that may lead to stumbling or vexation) may amongst others adopt.

Blocking ads:

Use an ad block browser extension that will automatically block ads while you browse or access web content (Unfortunately, whether or not the content accessed at any given is consistent with Christian holiness is a separate study on its own). Saint who have had occasion to consider must already have seen how particularly image or visual ads are often guilty of multiple offenses (such as obscenity, vanities, etc).

Fortunately, through the use of an ad blocking extension, virtually all such possible offenses can be kept at bay. Wondering if blocking ads is at all charitable or consistent with Christian ethics? Then do kindly see the argument: Web page ads blocking and Christian ethics

Blocking images:

Because not all web content saints consume online are published by sensible biblical Christians (if at all by professors of Christianity faith), the quality of the use of carefully picked web page media (such as imagery) can never be ascertained. This unfortunately means that we may still fall victim to careless use of web page imagery (that are thereby possibly offensive) even if we may ever labour to thus confine our web content requests to only that which can be justified. A concern that must sadly apply to both occasional as well regular web content consumers (like myself who run several web search requests on daily basis).

Well unlike text content (which one must voluntary read, digest into bits and then imagine over to be affected therewith), image or visual contents are capable of cutting deep in offense at first sight/glance. Fortunately, several browsers already feature image blocking (either as part of their core or through add-ons/extensions). Which can be taken advantage of to completely block images (universally or on a domain basis) where available and applicable.

My browser recommendations

I personally recommend Google Chrome for PC (it will let you block images universally so you can then white list domains individually as you judge fit) and Firefox for mobile browsing needs (images can only be blocked universally but this I found to be a lot better as many mobile browsers do not at all offer imagery blocking). Chrome for PC has a more stable extensions handler (which means the ad blocking extension works reliably) as well a robust built-it domain-based imagery blocking. Chrome for mobile is not at all worthy for these tasks but the Firefox fills the gap quite well with a universal image blocking feature as well as as a fair extension based ad blocking.

Conclusion

While very much in favour of the welfare of our souls, the current image blocking options may be way aggressive than necessary as offense-free images that could be of possible value should in like manner be blocked but that is probably our portion for now – and besides, holiness does come at a price.

I do however dream of a browser extension that exploit/take advantage of image detection technologies like that used by Google’s Cloud Vision to both detect and filter out for example all images featuring humans on its strictest setting. And invite every equally burdened Christian to support the possible development of this here: Kindly help promote the Christian friendly quality where Chritians can help it