DayBreaks for 6/13/19: Dihydrogen Monoxide and Truth
School’s out. Summer’s here. Kids have been waiting for this for weeks. All summer and nothing but swimming, riding their bikes, endlessly playing video games, and vacations. While kids live in that world this summer we adults will be living in another. There is the economy and the struggle to keep Wall Street and Main Street happy and accountable at the same time. There are conflicts within our nation, not to mention the conflicts between nations.
If there is one thing I have learned in life it’s that everybody has their own version of the truth.
And we have to try and find the truth among all the “truths” that present themselves to us. It is very hard these days to know who to believe. Everyone is trying to lead us to their version of truth. In 1997, Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student at Eagle Rock Junior High School in Idaho Falls won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair by showing how conditioned we have become to alarmists spreading fear of everything in our environment through junk science. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “Dihydrogen monoxide” because:
- It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting.
- It is a major component in acid rain.
- It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state.
- Accidental inhalation can kill you.
- It contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape..
- It decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes.
- It is found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.
He asked 50 people if they support a ban.
43 said yes
Six were undecided
And only one knew that dihydrogen monoxide is … water.
We are afraid of looking ignorant so we are prone to believe anything.
Truth. Pontius Pilate asked his wife: “What is Truth?” Little did he know it was standing right in front of him. It’s a question that plagues everyone who tries to do the right thing.
When it comes to questions about life and its meaning, you will hear many who claim to have the answer. But doesn’t it make sense that the only one who really knows is the one who created life in the first place?
Don’t fall for the “fake truth” that our culture tries so hard to sell us. Settle for THE truth and you’ll never go wrong.
John 14:4b-6 (ESV) – …Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
PRAYER: May your love shine on us, God, so that there will be peace in our family and on the earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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