The Wisdom Chronicle

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The Wisdom Chronicle is designed to bring nuggets of wisdom from the dozens of books I read every year. I endeavor to share the best of what I have gleaned. The determination of relevance lies with you.  Blessings, Jim Whiddon

231. GOD’S ECONOMY “In the world’s economy people are defined by what they have accomplished. In God’s economy, they are defined by who they have become as a result of God’s transformation of their hearts. God values what we bring to heaven, not the material wealth and possessions we leave on earth.”

Excerpt From: Harris, Raymond. “The Heart of Business.”

232. GLOBAL POVERTY “There’s an ugly secret of global poverty, one rarely acknowledged by aid groups or U.N. reports. It’s a blunt truth that is politically incorrect, heartbreaking, frustrating and ubiquitous: It’s that if the poorest families spent as much money educating their children as they do on wine, cigarettes and prostitutes, their children’s prospects would be transformed.”

Excerpt From: Peter Greer, Chris Horst & Anna Haggard. “Mission Drift.”

233. BIBLE NOT AUTHENTIC? Assertion: “You can’t take the Bible too seriously because it was only written by men, and men make mistakes. Response: Do you have any books in your library? Were those books written by humans? Do you find any truth in them? Is there a reason you think the Bible is less truthful or reliable than other books you own? Do people always make mistakes in what they write? Do you think that if God did exist, he would be capable of using humans to write down exactly what he wants?”

Excerpt From: Koukl, Gregory. “Tactics.”

234. DEATH BY MINNOWS “Getting eaten by a whale or nibbled to death by minnows results in the same thing, although one demise is typically more difficult to diagnose.”

–Steve Haas

235. SOCIAL MEDIA “Defined as linking all human life on the planet into one gigantic brainstem throbbing with unintelligible thought.”

— Stanley Bing

236. PARENTING “Good parenting, from my perspective, is like building a three-foot retaining wall against a four-foot wave. The kids have to make up that extra foot. That wave wants to drag them into an undertow where sound judgment is suspended, where the valueless, uncaring, and ultimately nihilistic cool reigns. In other words, where the Kardashians are royalty.”

Excerpt From: Gutfeld, Greg. “Not Cool.”

237. GOVT HANDOUTS “[A] misguided view of charity has replaced real charity. As our government pretends to offer handouts, it’s really just spreading the wealth around, without wondering where that wealth has come from. In the end, redistribution kills ambition, saps the energy that fuels the American dream, and makes all of us poorer each passing day. Our consciousness may be raised, but our options for wealth and success dwindle.”

Excerpt From: Gutfeld, Greg. “Not Cool.”

238. DEATH AND TAXES “It might be comforting to think that when the Earth that nourish’d thee…claim[s] thy growth, thy tax dollars will have gone toward planting the tree thou fertilize’th.”

— 17th century American poet William Cullen Bryant

239. RULES Rules without relationship = rebellion.

— Josh McDowell

240. SEX EDUCATION “We should not be ashamed to discuss that which God was not ashamed to create.”

— Howard Hendricks

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  1. moose says:

    “233 bible not authentic?assertion-you can’t take the bible too seriously because it was only written by men, and men make mistakes. response-do you have any books in your library? were those books written by humans? do you find any truth in them? is there any reason you think the bible is less truthful or reliable than other books you own? do people always makes in what they write? do you think that if god did exist, he would be capable of using humans to write down exactly what he wants?”

    seriously???????? aren’t most books written today written by people who have real knowledge and experience in what they are writing about? if pete nelson (treehouse masters-animal planet) writes a book about treehouses, (as he has) he is reliable, right? he has been building really cool treehouses for a long time. the (un) holy bible on the other hand was written by who? ancient cavemen with stories of a talking snake, a talking donkey, the sun standing still for a day, demon pigs, the 7 headed monster, the virgin birth–on and on and on. if god wants to give us a book, wouldn’t “he” give us a book that is believeable? i get more inspiration and knowledge from watching gilligan’s island than i do from the (un) holy bible.

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    • Frank Turek says:

      Moose,

      Could you please provide arguments rather than mocking that which you appear to know little about? People who are truly searching for truth, don’t want to hear mockery but serious ideas. If God exists, all of the stories you mention above are possible. Moreover, to say that you cannot trust anything a human writes would mean that we couldn’t trust anything you said either.

      Forgive me for my frustration Moose. But it’s comments like yours and Robert’s which have me leaning toward dispensing with comments on this site altogether. Other than an occasional insightful post from Stephen B, there is very little intelligent offered by atheists here.

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      • moose says:

        frank-i do apologize, but i don’t think i was mocking too much, other than maybe the gilligan comment, so i am sorry about that, but i am just pointing how silly point 233 is. all the things i mentioned-the talking snake, etc–those are things i am not making up, those are stories the bible tells. but being serious though–if a “god” wants to give us a book, wouldn’t that god want to give us a book that is believable. i know you like to say certain things are possible, we can say all kinds of things are possible, forget what’s possible, how about what is really true–if the earth stopped turning on it’s axis for a day, as the book of joshua tells us–show us something real that proves this happened, not just philosophy, or saying it’s possible–by the way, if that really happened, you and i both know that none of us would be here today.

        regarding a search for truth, sure we all want to know truth of all things, some of us are content with the realization that many things are just unkown

        moose (agnostic)

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      • Toby says:

        “233. BIBLE NOT AUTHENTIC? Assertion: “You can’t take the Bible too seriously because it was only written by men, and men make mistakes. Response: Do you have any books in your library? Were those books written by humans? Do you find any truth in them? Is there a reason you think the Bible is less truthful or reliable than other books you own? Do people always make mistakes in what they write? Do you think that if God did exist, he would be capable of using humans to write down exactly what he wants?””

        Response to the response:

        Yes, I have books.
        Yes, they were written by humans.
        Sure, there is truth in them, depending on how you’re using the word truth.
        Yes, I think there are many reasons to believe the bible is less truthful than other books I own. The major reason for me is that we have no idea who the authors are and no reason to believe them to be trustworthy because of that and because of the extraordinary claims the book makes.
        Yes, there are always mistakes in writing, be it a typo or the inclusion of false information (in fiction though we cannot really claim that anything in it is false, but that it just may be a part of the world in the story).
        I think if a god existed then he/she/it should be able to convey it word for word much like direct dictation in a clear and concise manor that even children could understand. This doesn’t appear to be the case with the bible though.

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        • Richard Woerner says:

          “I think if a god existed then he/she/it should be able to convey it word for word much like direct dictation in a clear and concise manor that even children could understand. This doesn’t appear to be the case with the bible though.”

          How do you know the Bible wasn’t word for word what God conveyed to the authors? This is an assertion from unbelief. And one you would be hard pressed to prove on any level of discussion.

          Textbooks in schools were written by men and women. How do you know they are writing from complete knowledge?

          Would not an evolutionist write what they believe, conveying his or her own personal beliefs?

          Here you contradict your whole post; “Sure, there is truth in them [textbooks I assume], depending on how you’re using the word truth. Yes, I think there are many reasons to believe the bible is less truthful than other books I own.”

          Your placing a different standard of judgment on the books written by man then on the Bible. If then truth is defined in different ways as you suggested, then what makes you think those textbooks are more truthful than the Bible or the Bible any less truthful?

          Since evolution has never been witnessed but only explained, how can we be sure that anything an evolutionists says is true? Because we know who the author is? Really. Yeah, that makes all the difference. We know Richard Dawkins wrote many books against God but has ZERO facts to back up his claims. We can conclude with his books that they are mere opinion and conjecture.

          So we may not know the authors name, does that mean the content of what they wrote are any less factual or true? Does that mean that Jesus did not die on the cross or risen from the dead? Hardly. The evidence for the resurrection itself is quite overwhelming.

          Now, I can say that I do not accept the supposed facts for evolution, many respond with, “Well the evidence is overwhelming.” And yet, nothing has ever been witnessed to prove such a statement true. We have the witness of the Apostles that have died willingly and never recanted about the risen Christ and yet, that is not enough.

          But here is an interesting thought. Darwin wrote Origins, but no one when his book came out ventured to prove what he claimed to be factual, they took his word for it point blank, or can I say…BLINDLY. No evidence to support what he wrote in Origins came from any other source during his time, oh and afterwards as well.

          No, when the atheists use the “we do not who the authors were” argument, this is nothing more than some plausible deniability attempt to make a volitional decision to not accept the word of God. Besides, what the Bible teaches that many if not all atheists can’t stand is the fact all ALL men and woman are evil. Now, based on your twisting the word truth to mean what you want it to mean, how am I using the word evil?

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      • Louie says:

        I’m going to use this defense when I run into the law, “I need not take the law too seriously, because it was written by men, and men make mistakes” I’ll grab my car keys and report back…

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        • Louie says:

          Yet, even in mans effort to correct, men still make mistakes. As you point out, we are unsure who authored the bible, the men were only instruments used by god? Since the author may actually be god, and he does not make mistakes, I should follow the new testament more closely than mans laws.

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