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Bad Times for the Good Book

An article in the Wall Street Journal once stated that the Good Book had hit upon bad times, clearly losing its influence on American life amid declining sales.

If the Bible has hit upon hard times, why is that?

It is not because of science. Some people feel that modern science has outmoded the Bible. This simply is not true. Dr. Victor Hess, Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of cosmic rays, said, “I must confess that in all my years of research in physics and geophysics, I have never found one instance in which scientific discovery was in conflict with religious faith.” 

So is it because of so-called "errors, contradictions, or absurdities" in the Bible? The Bible has been assailed and attacked in every generation, and critics have not been able to produce a single error or discrepancy that cannot be reasonably explained.

Nor is it because the Bible teaches a worn-out ethic. Some people think that ethics and morals should change like the fashions. But not so. God’s moral principles are unchanging. They don’t become out of date.

If the Good Book has lost its appeal, it is due to people's sinfulness, rebellion, and preoccupation. 

But before we push the panic button, we would do well to recall what God’s word says about itself in 1 Peter 1:24-25: “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

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Today's Devotional

Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with the weight’s position on the scale beams determining how much a load was “padded.” A similar gimmick was used in a grain-storage operation in Colorado.

Such dishonesty is not a new problem. The Bible says, “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight” (Proverbs 11:1).

A false balance is just one way you can be dishonest in business. You can be dishonest by misrepresenting the facts about a product. You can be dishonest by taking advantage of the ignorance of others. You can be dishonest by making more than a fair and reasonable profit. You can be dishonest by not paying your debts. The one who does not pay his debts is a liar and a thief. He has given his word and not kept it. He has taken that which belonged to another and not paid for it.

All dishonesty grows out of greed and covetousness. Such dishonesty is an abomination (object of hatred, disgust) to the Lord. God can never be pleased with such things. But “a just weight is his delight.” God is pleased, even delighted, when people are honest and fair in business. Is God delighted with you? Not unless you are honest in every way.

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