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by Alan Smith


Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11)

    A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26, 1997. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to the alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide.” And for plenty of good reasons, since...

  1. it causes excessive sweating and vomiting
  2. it is a major component in acid rain
  3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
  4. it can kill you if accidentally inhaled
  5. it contributes to erosion
  6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
  7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients

    He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical dihydrogen monoxide. Forty-three said yes, six were undecided, and only one knew that the chemical was...

WATER!!!

The conclusion is obvious.
    The title of his prize winning project was, “How Gullible Are We?” The conclusion is obvious.

    Religion is another area where people have a tendency to be gullible. Extreme examples can be found in David Koresh’s followers and the Heaven’s Gate cult or in the recent example of John Walker’s involvement with the Taliban. But it can happen to any of us any time we believe someone without checking out God’s Word to see if what is being taught is the truth. Faith does not mean blindly accepting whatever anyone (even a preacher) says.

    John warned, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

    As we begin this new year, let’s make a commitment to be led by God’s Word. Let’s use that Word to discern between what is true and what is false and search out the truth ourselves. And if you feel like living dangerously today, pour yourself a big tall glass of dihydrogen monoxide. Have a great day and enjoy your drink!

      © 2001, Alan Smith. Used by permission. This devotional was reprinted from Thought for the Day.

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      Author: Alan Smith
      Publication Date: January 3, 2002


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