Intelligent flyYes, this is unusual for me, since I always post truth and fact, but please allow me to fantasise in order to present a serious truth.

A spider built a beautiful web in an old house. He kept it clean and shiny so that flies would patronise it. The minute he got a “customer” he would “clean up” so that other flies would not get suspicious.

come inOne day, a fairly intelligent fly came buzzing by. The spider invited him in, but the fly refused. The fly reasoned that since he couldn’t see other flies, it wouldn’t be safe or wise to go in there alone.

Patting himself on the back, he flew on. In the next room he saw a sight that made him happy. He saw a large crowd of flies, all dancing around on a piece of brown paper. There was no need for fear here. Lots of flies were there and they were obviously having a great time!

He headed towards the ‘”party” when a bee buzzed by with a warning cry: “Don’t go there! That is dangerous!”

The fairly intelligent fly laughed. “Don’t be silly. Look at the crowd! That many flies can’t be wrong! I’m going with the crowd. They are having fun!”

Well, you know what happened. The fly danced on the flypaper for a while, and then, of course, he died there.

What does it profit a fly
if he escapes the web only to lose his life on the flypaper glue?


Yes, that is a fantasy, but isn’t the same thing happening among humans of all ages, especially among our young people?

“Everybody’s doing it” seems to be the reasoning behind so much doubtful and dangerous activity. Our young people are being lured into alcohol and drug abuse, self harm and immorality, at least partly because they feel they must ‘conform’ with the crowd.   They are urged to “get with it” and to “move with the times”.

The crowd tells us entertainment is good, regardless of its content or its outcome. The crowd tells us we must accept all opinions as valid because it doesn’t matter what we believe. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. The crowd encourages ‘white lies’ and lowered standards. The crowd encourages moderation where the Bible forbids. The crowd says “Don’t overdo it” where the Bible says “Don’t do it”

While some might call it ‘progress’ we see that attitudes and acceptable behaviour have changed dramatically over the years. Things that were once black and white are now shades of grey, or worse still, white-washed. Standards are no longer standards, but we are encouraged to believe and do whatever we feel is right—or whatever everyone else is doing.

What does God say?

2 Corinthians 6:16-17
you are the temple of the living God . . .
Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate,
says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing

Romans 12:2
be not conformed to this world:
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

James 4:4
Do you not know that
friendship with the world is enmity with God?
Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.

The devil is a master artist.
He camouflages dangerous evil to make it seem attractive and safe.
Take a lesson from the intelligent fly.

What does it profit a fly
if he escapes the web only to lose his life on the flypaper glue?

What does it profit a man
if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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14 Responses to EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!

  1. Rob Barkman says:


    Whenever I think about the changes in the morals of our societies, I think of Isa 5:20-21…

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21)

    Throughout history, this has been a mark of a society that has turned their backs on the Lord and His Word and are in a state of decay and gradual, certain ruin. May God help us.


  2. Thanks so much for sharing this excellent post, Angela. I truly enjoyed reading it. The analogy fits societal norms perfectly. As Christians, we cannot live our lives according to the world’s standard. Instead, we should live our lives according to God’s standard.


    • Amen Noel. One of the problems I see is that too many who call themselves Christians are being drawn in to the world’s way of thinking and aligning with attitudes and actions in opposition to God’s standards. May all who own the name of Christ show forth His light, love, joy and peace.


  3. Debbie says:

    Ah Mentor Angela, this message was for me. Thank you! God is dealing with some things in my life, things that everyone may be able to do, but He doesn’t want me to. Please pray for me to listen and obey! Thank you and God bless you!


    • Debbie, of course I continue to pray for you, as I have done for a long time. I know your desire is to follow His will for you. Remember that He only desires the very, very best for you.
      I know He will continue to bless you and use you to bless others as you continue in His will.


  4. Pure Glory says:

    It is important to please God not man. To be approved by God and not the crowd.


  5. Excellent! The fly story is a great analogy!


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