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Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Source: NPR

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Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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ILLUSTRATION

Studies have shown that if you blindfold a man and ask him to walk in a straight line, he will start out well but will soon begin to turn one way or another, looping around in ever tightening circles. It is a phenomenon that has been demonstrated over and over again: without a fixed reference point we cannot keep a straight line.

The strange thing is that it feels like we're walking in a straight line. But we begin to loop and curve erratically – without ever knowing it. We need a fixed point to walk a straight line.

Robert Kulwich, for NPR, observes, "Without a corrective, our insides take over and there's something inside us that won't stay straight."

[Studies of this phenomenon appear in Chris McManus' book, Right Hand, Left Hand, The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures (Phoenix, 2002).]

APPLICATION

God’s word is that fixed point for our souls. Its truths are fixed – “forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89). Thus, it gives us a safe and accurate reference point for our lives.

A person who rejects God’s word as the source of truth may feel like they’re on the right road – they’re going straight – but inevitably they go astray. The Bible says there is a way that seems right to a man (think they’re going straight) but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). 

Amazingly, Jesus didn’t point people to the fixed point, he claimed to be the fixed point. Jesus didn’t say “I know the truth” or “I can point you to the truth”, he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6)– He is the sun by which we navigate our lives, the star by which we guide our path. He is our fixed point. 

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, BSB). 

Do Bunnies Lay Eggs?

Easter Truth Apologetics

Source: β€œ'Do bunnies lay eggs?': A surprising number of people don't know,” Womans Day, Taysha Murtaugh, Lifestyle Editor, Mar 27, 2018.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Taysha Murtaugh, with ABC's Woman's Day, writes: 

According to Google AdWords, the phrases Do bunnies lay eggs and Do rabbits lay eggs each receive between 1,000 and 10,000 average monthly searches. That's a pretty big number, which leads us to believe that people sincerely do not know.

... Allow us to clear this up: No, bunnies do not lay eggs. As placental mammals, rabbits develop embryos inside a uterus and, after a pregnancy lasting about 31 to 33 days, give birth to a litter of often 12 or more bunnies.

If you found your way to this article by searching that very question, don't feel too bad. There's probably a reason for your confusion, and that's Easter. The Christian holiday, of course, has two very famous symbols, bunnies and eggs, with the former delivering the latter.

So why is there an Easter bunny when rabbits do not lay eggs? The idea actually comes from a pagan celebration of spring, which was eventually linked to the religious holiday. According to the legend, following a long winter, the goddess of spring, Eastre, turned a frozen bird into a snow hare that could lay colorful eggs. 

APPLICATION

When it comes to religion, there’s a lot of contradictory information out there.  Besides the confusion over whether bunnies lay eggs, there’s another popular myth that needs to be debunked.  It's the one that suggests that all religions are essentially the same. 

This is where the Easter story really helps to clear things up.  The resurrection, and the hope that it provides of victory over sin and death place Christianity in a class all by itself. Only Christianity offers a resurrected, victorious Jesus who came to die for our sins.  Only Christianity offers a Savior who rose again.  Only Christianity offers proof positive of life beyond the grave. 

Easter teaches us the uniqueness of the Christian message. So don’t lay an egg when it comes to the Easter story.  Know the myth from the reality.  

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). 

The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Source: β€œThe half-life of facts,” By David Mcraney, BOING BOING, 08/21/17

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

David Mcraney writes: 

In medical school, they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when you graduate — they just don’t know which half.

In every field of knowledge, half of what is true today will one day be updated with better information, and it turns out that we actually know when that day will come for many academic pursuits.

This is what author Sam Arbesman calls “the half-life of facts.”  The premise is that for every domain, silo, discipline, and school of knowledge, the facts contained within are slowly being overturned, augmented, replaced, and refined — and in medicine, for example, the rate of that overturning is high enough that if you never really complete your education. Medical school, in other words, never ends.

... For instance, in physics, about half of all research findings will be disconfirmed within 13 years. In psychology, it’s every seven. In other words, if you graduated with a degree in psychology seven years ago, half of the information in all your textbook is now inaccurate.

APPLICATION

By contrast, the Bible claims to be the very “Word of God.” The fact that millions of people the world over have found that claim to be credible for 3500 years proves that the truths that matter the most are not nullified by the passing of time or rendered passé by better information.  There is no half-life to the truth that God loves us or that Jesus came into this world to die for the sins of mankind.  These truths are grounded in God’s unfailing nature and will never be overturned or replaced. 

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

“For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). 

Give The Customer What They Want

Truth Blessings/Blessedness Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Terry Shea / Illustration Exchange
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If Christianity Is True, Why Do Christians Behave So Badly?

Apologetics Hypocrisy Truth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Joel Furches
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Hey, You Walk Funny!

Truth Love (Tough Love) Friendship

Contributed By: Brad Shockley | Date Posted: 2016-02-24

Scripture: Proverbs 27:6

Author: Brad Shockley
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Seek But Don't Find

Seeker Truth Cynicism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Author: Andre Gide / Illustration Exchange
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Balancing The Truth with The Spirit

Word of God Truth Spirituality

Contributed By: Jimmy Kiker | Date Posted: 2015-08-19

Scripture: John 4:24 ; 1 Corinthians 2:14

Author: W. Graham Scroggie / Jimmy Kiker
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Ambiguous Wedding Dress Color Causes Internet Stir

Truth Relativism Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-16

Scripture: Judges 17:6 ; Proverbs 12:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Afraid of the Light

Light Truth Fear

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: John 3:20

Author: John Lennox
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