There are two types of viruses that most people are familiar with:
the kind that makes people sick and the kind that makes our
computers go haywire. However, a third form of virus is just as
infectious: an intellectual virus.
In 1898, Friedrich Loeffler and Paul Frosch found evidence that the
cause of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock was an infectious
particle smaller than any bacteria. This was the first clue to the
existence of biological viruses, genetic entities that lie somewhere
in the grey area between living and non-living states.
Viruses depend on the host cells they infect to reproduce. When
found outside of host cells, viruses exist as a protein coat or
capsid. One could make general comparison to how a seed works. The
capsid encloses either DNA or RNA, which is the blueprint of the
virus. While in this form outside the cell, the virus is
metabolically inert. Once a capsid attaches to living cell and
ejects its DNA or RNA code, the virus germinates and begins its
The term "computer virus" is credited to Grace Hopper. She found
that a moth had landed in between the solenoid contacts in the Mark
II Calculator, a massive analog computer at Harvard University
designed by Howard Aiken. Hopper removed the squashed moth and
annotated her log book with an entry (along with the moth fastened
to the page).
Computer viruses didn't become a real problem unto DOS-based
computers began to proliferate. The file structure utilized by these
machines made it relatively easy in 1986 for the maker(s) of the
"Brain" virus to play havoc with the boot sectors on floppy disks.
Intellectual viruses (IVs) don't require DNA or microchips for
transmission. They pass from one mind to another through various
forms of spoken or written communications.
What makes these ideas intellectual viruses is the fact that they
are in error or serve no meaningful purpose. Just like the other two
viruses, their only purpose is self propagation.
Here are three IVs that might be hiding somewhere in your gray
matter. I could have selected from a long list of old wives tails. I
chose these three because they can be verified with common-sense
The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that
can be seen from space. What make this IV believable is the
understanding that the Great Wall is the longest barrier that man
has ever created. However, length does not matter when you're trying
to see something from space that is only a few feet wide. It is far
easier to spot something like a man-made lake or city. Anyone
looking at satellite images on Google Earth can see the difficulty
of spotting Great Wall of China from any distance.
Vandalism of Your Mind
We only use 10% of our brains. Studies of patients
with brain damage suggest that damage to almost any area of the
brain has specific and lasting effects on mental, vegetative and
behavioral capabilities. Because the brain is divided up into
performing certain tasks, it cannot be said that the mind only
smells, sees, tastes, or senses touch at 10% of its capability. I
guess what makes this IV wishful thinking is that we all have a
wealth of mental capabilities yet to be unlocked.
Water drains clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and
counter-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth's
rotation. The main factor that propels that belief is
action of weather cyclones, which follow this pattern in both
hemispheres. Cyclones are guided by the earth’s rotations and
the resulting Coriolis effect. The Earth's rotation is too weak to
affect the direction of water flowing down in a drain. The direction
of the flow depends of the structure any given fixture. A test in a
few washrooms will show that water whirlpools both ways.
One of the main reasons error proliferates so easily is people don't
take much offense when they are provided with erroneous information.
I take great offense when I discover someone has provided me with
false information. I feel as if my mind has suffered vandalism.
A few years ago, I received an email that contained a link to a news
story that seemed to have a strong connection to end-time events. I
added the link to the RR News page. A couple of hours later, I
received an email from some who pointed that the news story was
bogus. It turns out it was produced by someone who got his kicks
from creating false news stories and passing them off as credible.
I think anyone spreading lies in this manner should be dealt with as
if he or she were a child molester. Many of mankind’s ills began
with someone making a conscious decision to corrupt the truth. It
should come as no surprise that God includes lying in His list of
offenses worthy of hell fire.
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all
liars, shall have their part
in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the
second death" (Rev. 21:8).
Protecting Your Mind
Your mind is a special gift from God. It can potentially store 100
trillion thoughts. All that capacity for memory storage does us no
good if we fill our minds with garbage. It’s important to take
measures that prevent bad data from entering our gray matter.
The first step toward protecting our minds against falsehood is to
realize there is an enemy who seeks to enslave us. Most of the world
is under the control of some type of demonic delusion.
No one on this planet should be trusted by his or her word only.
Everything needs to be verified with facts and with the Word of God.
One of the reasons I don’t have a statement of faith on the site is
because I don’t want to create any reason for people to trust what I
have to say. If you like to be spoon fed from so-called experts,
you’re eventually going to be served error.
The Bible is very specific about the need to guard our minds against
Paul sternly told the new church under his authority that they
should conform every thought to the teaching of Christ.
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience
of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).
It’s so important to know the truth. If you know the truth, you can
instantly detect a lie. The Treasury Department doesn't train its
agents to detect counterfeit
bills by showing them fake ones. They give them the genuine bills
and instruct them on its security features. Once the agents become
familiar with the real thing,
they will be able to immediately identify a counterfeit note.
Speaking of Counterfeit
Mankind has a supernatural antagonist –the ultimate
counterfeiter--who perpetrates viruses of both the cerebral and
spiritual kinds. Sin is his tool to do the soul-killing job. His
name is, of course, Satan. Sin is the disease that is species-wide.
Both spirit and mind suffer from viruses that spin from this
Because of sin and the deluding influences of the viruses it
produces, evil men and seducers grow worse and worse, deceiving and
being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13). The reasoning ability of the mind
becomes increasingly unable to discern. The spirit becomes callous,
the conscience seared. It joins with the sin-virus of lying
wickedness that eventually produces a reprobate mind.
Such minds lusts to heap deception upon deception. The truth can’t
be found in such a sin-darkened condition.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14).
Intellectual Atrophy the Result
The virus that results from sin dulls the intellect. It causes the
person to become gullible, tearing down defenses that would
otherwise guard the thinking processes. The people of Hitler’s Nazi
Germany constituted one such mass example. They became convinced
that the Fuhrer was their messiah and that the Jew was the cause of
all that was wrong with the world. Satan is the father of all such
There are so many things in this world today that make no sense.
People’s dealings with each other make for news that ranges from
amusing to bizarre –from merely confusing to horrific.
Intellectual viruses are the manifestation of things within humanity
that need correcting. Few would deny that many things do need change
for the better.
There is one cure for this deadly malady, and one cure only for what
ails Planet Earth’s inhabitants. About those who have taken the
cure, God’s Word, the Bible, says the following: “For God hath not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a
sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).