5/14/09

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum – Huh? Most people say it is simply a collection of scrambled letters—the “placeholder” or “dummy” text used by graphic designers and typographers since the 1500s to mark textual space until it can be filled with actual text. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not gibberish. Actually, it is the first two words of a Latin work written by Cicero in 45 BC (titled “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum”) that begins with these words: “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.” The passage expounds on the values of pain vs. pleasure—a complicated philosophical discussion.

But that’s not why I’m writing about it. I discovered that Lorem Ipsum is used so a reader will not be distracted by truly readable content while looking at a layout. It has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters that sort of look like the real thing. I read that some people have altered the Latin version to include messages and jokes in the middle of the long text, and that can be embarrassing! So graphics artists are urged to use only a legitimately-generated Lorem Ipsum, or at least to read their filler sample carefully.


As I read that, I was reminded that our Enemy likes to insert words in the text of God’s Word to confuse and humiliate us, and we might not pick up on that deception right away if we’re not in tune with God. What Satan says may be similar to God’s words—it may look like the real thing—but it won’t make sense when compared with the truth that comes directly from our Father God. Satan used this tactic on Eve.


We have to be careful to examine what we hear and read, because Satan is a subtle counterfeiter. He tries to imitate, distort, and confuse the Scriptures (I John 5:19; Rev. 12:9; 2 Cor. 11:14), so we must become aware of his tactics (2 Cor. 2:11). Sadly, there are also things written by believers that are distortions of the Truth, and we can be distracted because they “sound good” or make us feel good. We must test every spirit, and beware of falsehood (I John 4:1-3; Matt. 7:15-16).

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