Coupons, Chocolate Milk, and Gullible People

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The last time I logged onto Facebook, several connections joyfully shared a wonderful discovery: a $75.00 Safeway coupon toward a minimum purchase of $80. Who wouldn’t be excited to find a coupon like that?

Fraud. Hoax. False. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a fake. Common sense tells us no store would give away $80. worth of merchandise for $5.00, unless maybe they were going out of business. And if they did offer such a coupon, that might explain why they were going out of business.

But this isn’t the first time such a coupon took Facebook by storm. Last year, eager Facebook friends circulated a $70. coupon toward a minimum $80. purchase from Kohl’s and another one from Publix.

People downloaded and shared the coupons because they wanted them to be true.

Just when you might be thinking folks couldn’t be that naïve, along comes a survey from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. This past April, they surveyed more than 1,000 adults. Seven percent responded that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. And 48 percent of respondents weren’t sure where chocolate milk originated.

No, that was not a typo. A total of more than half of the respondents—550 people—did not know how chocolate milk was made. Now extrapolate that percentage across the general population. How many millions of people might that represent?

But misconceptions about Facebook coupons and chocolate milk are not nearly as serious as misconceptions about spiritual matters. Too many people are gullible about eternal matters. They often echo what someone else told them without researching for themselves.

  • The Bible isn’t really true.
  • There’s no such place as heaven.
  • Jesus is just a myth.
  • The universe wasn’t created, it just happened.
  • Man is basically good.

Rather than simply repeating what other people say, take time to investigate the answers for yourself. When I see those larger-than-life, too-good-to-be-true offers on social media, I research their accuracy before I consider sharing them.

The same applies to spiritual matters. Do you believe what people say because they appeared on television? On the radio? On the internet? Maybe they wrote a book. Perhaps your college professor made a statement about the Bible and spoke with such authority that you accepted his words at face value.

One of my favorite Bible passages is found in Acts 17:10-11 (ESV):

“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (ESV).

Don’t believe a teacher or preacher just because they speak with conviction or have a large platform. Search the Bible for yourself. Compare Scripture passages. Explore the context. Research commentaries. Use the same criteria for evidence about God and the Bible as you would for any other determination of truth.

Of course, we don’t want to be gullible about discount coupons or the source of chocolate milk. But those things are not nearly as important as eternal matters. Instead of choosing gullibility, be as wise as the Bereans!


When Science Lets You Down…or Science and the Bible and Babies

Science and the Bible: Facial Light PatternsI feel sorry for them.

I’m talking about “pro-choice” supporters. The ones who say the baby in the womb is not a baby, it’s just a clump of cells. Then along comes science—the same discipline they often quote with abandon—and it proves them wrong. Again.

Their latest ideological defeat came in the form of a British study. The results revealed fetuses—(I prefer to say preborn babies) respond to face-like images.

In this study, they projected lights onto the uterine wall of pregnant mothers in their third trimester. Then, using ultrasound, the study determined the babies in the womb responded to three lights patterned in a triangle that mimicked a face. The babies turned to look at the facial pattern more often than when the same triangular light pattern was turned upside down.

“We have shown the fetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track face-like over non-face-like shapes,” said psychologist Vincent Reid of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, a co-author of the study.

Now I’m no scientist. Still, I’m fairly certain a mere “clump of cells” would not be able to differentiate between a triangular facial light pattern and the same number of lights flipped upside down.

Far too often, our culture paints Christians as ignorant, fanatical people who deny reality in favor of a nebulous, blind faith. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more: there is nothing blind about biblical, Christian faith.

Time and again, science affirms the Bible, including:

  • The First Law of Thermodynamics – Genesis 2:1-2
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics – Psalm 102:26
  • The discovery of water currents – Psalm 8:8 and Ecclesiastes 1:6

(For detailed descriptions of each of these items, check out the Institute for Creation Research.)

It’s time Christians stop believing the lie that science contradicts the Bible. There is not one scientific discovery, scientific law, or archaeological discovery that disproves the Bible. What about evolution, you might ask? It’s a theory, not a proven scientific fact. Because when it comes to science and the Bible, true science will always affirm Scripture.

And that’s why I feel sorry for those who have been disappointed by their science yet again.

Note:
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Another Summer Prayer Request

She did it again.

Last summer, I blogged about a friend whose prayer request resonated with me. She wanted to use her summer break to “Love Deeply, Care Openly, Share Boldly”—a request that became my own that summer, too.

Her request this year also touched me. She asked for prayer to organize a Bible study this summer to “bring joy, change lives, and spread hope.”Her request made me think. My goals this summer were to prepare for the study I’ll teach in September and to complete a writing project or two. And of course, to support my hubby as he completes his chemotherapy.

Of those three goals, only one of them is people-oriented.

It’s so much easier for me to think and plan in terms of projects. The boundaries of my comfort zone are lined with to-do lists. And I receive an excessive amount of satisfaction in crossing off every item by the end of the day.

Today I’ve revised my summer goals…thanks to my friend’s prayer request:

Bring joy:

Joy was my “one word” for 2016. I confess, joy hasn’t been something I’ve been intentional about focusing on the past few months. My new word for 2017, hope, has been the target of my all-consuming focus. Hope that that my husband’s treatments will be effective. Hope that words like cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation won’t follow us into 2018.

But I can’t bring joy if I’m not experiencing joy. And if I truly believe my source of joy is my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, then circumstances—even cancer—will not be able to steal that joy. So I’m thankful for this reminder to be more intentional about finding joy in each moment. I don’t want to take those moments for granted, for none of us know how many moments we have.

Change lives:

I don’t have the power to change someone else’s life. But I know the One who does. Because I belong to Him, I can share what I know about who Jesus Christ is. And I can live in the reality of that relationship. As others see His power changing me, my prayer is that they will see He has the power to change their life, too.

Spread hope:

Hope…my “one word” for 2017. I’ve written about my need for hope in this post.

But now I need to look beyond myself and my family and spread that hope. Since I have hope—something everyone needs—it’s time to communicate it in both words and deeds. Hope is contagious and I want to be a carrier who infects everyone around her!

So those are my new summer goals, starting today!

September will roll around before we know it. What are your summer goals?


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