Gambling between medicine and poison

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Evangelism, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible, The Church

I just read what I would consider a very disturbing survey. These statistics potentially translate into very deadly news for MANY of us. Imagine if:

About 7 out of 10 cancer patients ‘know about’ or ‘believe’ that ‘Setrachlorate’ (only proven medicine to cure cancer) can help them. . “So what?” You may ask. –keep reading…

About 5 out of 10 cancer patients ‘don’t know the chemical structure’ of ‘Setrachlorate’. You may conclude: “so what?, they are not supposed to be chemist or pharmacist!” –true; please keep reading…

Roughly half of all cancer patients believe there is no big difference between Anthrax (deadly poison), Cyanide (deadly poison) and Setrachlorate (medicine).

Do you understand what that means? It means that people, who are in desperate need of a medicine to save their lives, could take the right medicine and be saved -but, instead, are putting their trust in other substances that, instead of saving them, will kill them. …. And they don’t understand the difference. Do you think there is a reason for concern here? I do.

The previous hypothetical survey may sound a bit exaggerated and almost unbelievable. Indeed, I made it up. There is no ‘Setrachlorate’’ or survey about cancer. However, I think these cruel statistics portrait with great accuracy the severity of a real actual study done a few weeks ago, in which a far more deadly and concerning reality is revealed.

A study performed by Barna Research, commissioned by American Bible Society, found that:

About 7 out of 10 Americans believe that The Bible ‘provides answers on how to live a meaningful life’ (That would be good news…)

However, about 5 out of 10 Americans were unable to correctly identify the first five books of the Bible’. Again, you may conclude: “so what?, not all of us are supposed to be theologians” –also true… but

Now, the alarming part: half of Americans surveyed didn’t know the fundamental differences between the teachings of the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon, with 46% percent saying they believe all three books teach the same spiritual truths.

That is bad news!. A while ago, as I was talking to a neighbor, he made this very same claim; that the Koran and The Bible taught the same things. He was surprised however when I showed him that, in fact they contradict themselves. If two people make totally opposite claims that are fundamentally different, one of them must not be true. The Koran may insinuate that Jesus was a prophet –but not the son of God. Jesus however, claims that He is The One and Only Son of God… etc etc.. [Also, click here for a quick summary or Mormonism]

Why does this matter? The Bible describes all human beings as being infected with a deadly mortal decease far worse than cancer (sin), which leads us to be spiritually dead and eternally separated from God and anything that is good. The Bible also shows us that faith in what Jesus did –providing the cure for that decease, is the only way we can be saved.

Nevertheless, as many as half of the Americans interviewed, seem not to understand this fundamental difference. The result will prove to be catastrophic to say the least. It’s not about being able to pray in schools or greeting with “Merry Christmas” or having the Ten Commandments in a building.  –Maybe we can live without that. The big picture at stake here is about spending eternity in heaven knowing that many of our neighbors, relatives and fellow church-going friends, didn’t make it… for lack of understanding?

Are we as Christians not doing a good job in teaching the truths of The Bible?
Are we as Christians not doing a good job in learning on our own, the truths of The Bible?
Are we as Christians not doing a good job in living out the truths of The Bible?

As someone said: “You are free to say ‘no’, so long as you know what you are saying ‘no’ to”

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