One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith, and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.
- Titus 1:12-14
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
- Revelation 21:6-8
“One item I found especially fascinating was a series of statistics from a book by Daniel Weiss titled One Hundred Percent American, in which the author sets forth a sequential series of percentages (from 1% to 100%) that tells us some interesting facts about Americans. For example.
”1% of Americans read the Bible more than once a day.
15% of American married men say that they do most of the cooking in the household.
30% of Americans smoke cigarettes.
42% of Americans cannot name a country near the Pacific Ocean.
60% of Americans do not spend a lot of time on their personal appearance.
67% of Americans believe files are being kept on them for unknown reasons.
70% of Americans own running shoes but don’t run.
74% of Americans say if they had their life to live over, they’d continue with their formal education.
76% of American owners of small businesses do not have a college degree.
83% of American companies have fewer than 20 employees.
84% of Americans believe heaven exists.
94% of American men would change something about their appearance.
96% of American school children can identify Ronald McDonald (who is second only to Santa Claus).
99% of American women would change something about their appearance.
“I remember the old saying that ‘statistics usually lie and liars use statistics,’ so I’ll not press the point…Instead, … a Frank and Ernest cartoon where the two characters are standing before a priest and Frank asks, ‘How come opportunity knocks once, but temptation beats at my door every day?’
“Few would argue that the percentage of occasions when we face life’s temptations is terribly high… dare I say 98%? …
“Frank is right. Temptation beats at our door every day. But when it comes to opportunity, who can say how rare it is? [meaning the opportunity to accept Jesus, who will forgive you of your sins, those lapses into temptation]
“Time is short. Opportunity is knocking. Please answer it. One hundred percent of those who do find themselves blessed.”
- Charles R. Swindoll, The Finishing Touch
It is another election year. Should those campaigning for office read the above Scripture reference from Revelation? If they believe the Bible, would it not eliminate all of them? Most, at least?
And thinking of news that is far from “fake,” did you enjoy those glory years when Dewey, Gore, and Hillary Clinton were president? No? They didn’t win their elections? Okay, Hillary still thinks she won…
And as for those biased unbiased polls, will we be subjected to the news that the democratic candidate is so far ahead that the Republican voters should stay home and accept defeat, yet again? And the Dems are claiming that the Russians meddled in the last presidential election, because they actually believed their own lies regarding how the election was to turn out. I wonder how many of those pollsters only asked democrats who they were voting for.
Yes, statistics lie and liars use statistics. It all depends on who is counting the numbers and how many hanging chads there might be.
You wonder how many of those 74% who wish they had continued their education are among the 76% who own small businesses without having a college degree. Were those with degrees too far in debt to afford to buy their own business? And don’t get me started on those candidates who want a college degree to be free from tuition. There is an old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Free college education won’t be worth what you paid for it in tuition. The USA is falling further behind our neighbors every year in quality of education, and now some want to tie a boulder to it and through it in the Mariana Trench. If you didn’t catch the context of that last sentence, you are probably an average product of the US education system.
But none of the numbers matter, if people do not awaken to the fact that some of us are not going to heaven when we die. Notice the statistics (from a book published in 1988). At the time of publication, if the author’s sample size and demographics are relevant, 84% of Americans believed in heaven. But how many of those 84% are going to heaven? Only 1% of Americans read their Bible more than once per day. Not many of us are investing much time in getting to heaven, then.
Thinking of the 1% and the 84%, I had to laugh that 60% of Americans do not spend much time in grooming, but 94% of men and 99% of women would like to change something in their appearance. Try grabbing a hairbrush!!!!
Have we become so apathetic that we desire something so simple as nicely combed hair, but lament that we don’t have it without doing something about it?
And what of salvation? Are we so apathetic that we desire heaven, but reject God, never wishing to read the Bible, because the book is so heavy, and my eyes are too tired from watching countless hours of television?
Let us hope not, but each of us has the opportunity to accept Jesus, repent of our sins, and grow in faith.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.