Well, maybe not everything, but a lot of things. We’ve all grown up believing certain things are true. Like James Cagney saying “You dirty rat” in his gangster films. Or Captain Kirk on Star Trek saying “Beam me up, Scotty”. Or Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca saying “Play it again, Sam”. Well, I hate to burst your bubble but those actors NEVER said those lines. Are you surprised?
You’ll be even more surprised when you realize how many other areas of your life these falsities apply to.
– I learned that Americans were united in our fight against the British in the Revolutionary War, right? Not at all! About 1/3 were for the revolution but 1/3 were against it and 1/3 didn’t care. In 1780 there were 9,000 Americans in Washington’s army but 8,000 Americans in the British forces. Most of the soldiers in New York state were fighting for the British.
– How about this one. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, right? Errr, no he didn’t. In 1802, the English chemist Sir Humphrey Davy invented it but he didn’t pursue it any further. In 1845, American J.W. Starr perfected it but he died before he could market it. The big problem was making a long lasting light bulb. Edison tried over 8,000 experiments before he found that the carbonized cotton thread worked. Joseph Swan, who has taken over J.W. Starr’s work, developed the same thing 10 months earlier. He filed a patent infringement suit against Edison and won. Edison took Swan in as a partner in his lighting company and later bought him out.
– Remember how Ben Franklin discovered electricity by flying a key on his kite? Actually, the ancient Greeks discovered static electricity by rubbing amber with fur. The Greek word ‘elektron’ means ‘amber’. In his 1752 experiment, old Ben was trying to prove that lightening was made up of electricity. Contrary to popular belief, lightening did not strike Ben’s kite. If it did, old Ben wouldn’t have reached old age. A static spark flew from a key tied to his kite string to his knuckle. The spark was generated by the flow of electrons that exists at all times between the sky and the ground.
– Or how about the well known ‘fact’ that bulls hate the color red? Ummm, no they don’t because bulls are color blind. The bull responds solely to the cape’s movement. The matador uses a red cape so people in the stands can see it better.
– And one last one is that the CIA agents are globe-trotting adventurers like James Bond, right? Actually, no! Less than 5% of them are involved in covert operations. Most of them are academics, technicians and support staff analyzing brain-numbing trivia, satellite photos and electronic data gathering. The CIA hires more Phd’s than any other government agency. It’s one of the few places you can get a job with a Phd in Siberian geography.
Rather than go along with conventional wisdom, and risk the chance of being wrong, why not check these little things out for yourself? So, when someone says that the bible supports slavery, check it out for yourself. Get a topical bible (https://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/naves-topical-bible/) and look at the verses under the word ‘slavery’. Then get some other views by consulting a commentary (https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/) or just type into google “Does the bible support slavery?” In other words, don’t just believe what some people say or even what you may want to believe. Check it out for yourself.
For His Kingdom,