Bullets From The Bible 12-11-17



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    How many wise men were there? We are approaching the time of year in which the birth of Christ is celebrated. How well do you know the story of the birth of Christ as it is recorded in the Bible?

    How many wise men were there? Most will very quickly respond that there were three...but are you sure?

    Wise men are mentioned in Matthew’s account of the birth. Matthew 2:1-12 records the account of the wisemen if you would like to read it.

    Matthew 2:11 tells us that the wise men brought three gifts, but never specifies how many men there are. The reality is, there could be 2, 5 or 20 for that matter. While one might think that this is a small detail, we must remember that the difference between truth and a lie is simply the details.

    Matthew 2:11 says, “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

    Notice also where the wise men met Jesus. They came to the house. Luke teaches that the shepherds that came found him in the manger, but by the time the wise men got there he was in a house...contrary to most stories regarding Christmas.

    This example just goes to show that just because something is commonly believed does not make it true. In order to be true it must come directly from the word of God without changes or preconceived notions.



  • Most people are comfortable in a lie, as long as others are there with them. The herd mentality among people is quite disgusting.



  • They’re have been studies on it.

    One took two line, “a” and “b” one being clearly shorter then the other.

    Participants came in groups to say which one is longer, but the twist was that most of the group was told to lie and say the clearly shorter line was longer.

    Often the individuals who were not in on the lie would also state the shorter line was longer.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments

    Heck we need only look at recent events where we all read and saw something, but when we were told we didn’t read what we read, or that it was taken out of context (even though it was backed up by the excuse) some changed their minds, and rather quickly.



  • @rhyno

    I have seen that test. It is very revealing. People would rather be "in" than right.

    it is easier to believe a lie you have heard 1000 times, than to believe the truth you have only heard once.



  • @rhyno said:

    Heck we need only look at recent events where we all read and saw something, but when we were told we didn’t read what we read, or that it was taken out of context (even though it was backed up by the excuse) some changes their minds, and rather quickly.

    Excellent example.


 

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