How often do we believe or disbelieve on the basis of who makes a statement? Do we rely on our “common sense” to decide whether or not to believe what we hear? Do we take the time to confront our doubts and investigate?
Identify each statement as either true or false.
The answers are found at the end of this post.
- The microwave oven was invented in 1946.
- The world chariot racing championships are held annually in Idaho.
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology official states that reading in dim light will not harm one’s eyes.
- It is against the rules of professional baseballs for players of opposing teams to engage in social conversation with each other while in uniform.
- Samson killed 1,000 Philistines with a fresh jawbone of a donkey.
- Mary (the mother of Jesus) had a least seven children during her lifetime.
- God required that almost all the tribe of Benjamin (except for 600 men) be destroyed because they failed to take a stand against some men of the city of Gibeah (who brutally gang raped and abused a woman to the point of death).
- Under the law of Moses, persons who used God’s name in cursing, stubborn and rebellious sons, and adulterers were to be stoned to death.
- It is possible that it had never rained prior to the Genesis flood and that heavy dew had watered the ground.
- The Sea of Galilee is almost 700 feet below sea level and the Dead Sea is almost 1,300 feet below sea level (its surface is the lowest point on the earth).
Do some of these statements sound unbelievable or outrageous? While they are unusual, all the items are true. Here are the Scripture references for statements 5 – 9 . . .
#5 – Judges 15:15
#6 – Mark 6:3
#7 – Judges 19:22; 20:13, 43 – 48
#8 – Leviticus 24:16; Deuteronomy 21:18 – 21; 22:22
#9 – Genesis 2:5, 6; 7:11, 12