Good News Booklet

What IS A Fact?

Everyone "knows" that to look for Heaven, you have to look up.....Right?

Then why are three out of four, depending on where they live, looking in a different direction than the guy at the top?

Does the guy at the bottom think Heaven is in China?
Is it possible that Heaven might not be where we think it is.....or should be?

Maybe we don't "know" as much as we think we do?

Consider this: The Hubble telescope and its successors can see light-years away but haven't seen Heaven yet.

Mankind's "Facts" are not necessarily the same as Heavenly "Facts".

In the bible, God, Jesus, and the Prophets mention looking "up" to Heaven.

Since all the Prophets, and Jesus at that time, were in the Middle East, when they looked "up" it was from an easterly position.

I always thought I knew what a fact was. The operative word here is “was”. Not anymore. Now I have to consider whether or not a "fact" originates from mankind or a higher source.

What I used to believe is what Merriam-Webster still defines as “fact”:
  • something that has actual existence,
  • an actual occurrence,
  • a piece of information having objective reality,
  • the quality of being actual,
  • a thing done.
Evaluating today's "facts", sad to say, one must consider the source. There are people unable/unwilling to tell the truth. There seems to be a direct correlation between a person who (let’s say) “distorts” the facts and a straight-out liar. “Straight-out liar!” Wow.....that’s harsh.

So, think about this for a minute. When people, regardless of their status in life, choose to deliberately obfuscate the truth by “distorting” a fact, then they lie. Therefore he/she is a liar.

Simple…..painful maybe, but simple.

Do you have any idea what the bible says about liars? It is pretty straight-forward about liars and what God thinks about them…..and where they are headed. The bible doesn’t draw distinctions between little lies, partial lies, and blatant lies. It doesn’t draw any distinctions between someone who lies once in a while or, is a consummate liar.

In short, if you lie, with God you are toast. How’s that for being harsh? The truth DOES have a way of being harsh. note #1

Do the quotes below, from Proverbs and Psalms, bring individuals or groups to mind? Do you not think that the Lord, knowing the past, present, and future, doesn’t know anyone that jumped into your thoughts as you read these verses?

Do you not think that being joined at the hip to such folks will not result in you suffering the same fate as they will?

Has it occurred to you to compare what you see and hear, via social media sites and publications, with your personal “owner’s manual”? (you know, God’s Word, the bible)

While events, facts, and realities prove, every day, that the social media venues are usually wrong and way out of touch, the bible has NEVER been proven wrong or inaccurate.

Why then, would you continue to ignore what the bible says, and rely instead on social media, the politicians, and known liars, while ignoring your conscience that is screaming at you that the path you are going down…..only leads down? Think about that…

Your conscience, your soul…..your very core, keeps hammering at you to let it in, to get you to listen, to pay attention to what is happening around you while you blithely go about digging your hole deeper and deeper.

As if you don’t already know, you are unlikely to get many useful hints or advice from social media or today’s news.

Instead of reading today’s news, read tomorrow’s news… Matthew 24:37-39. note #2

When you die, and you will, your soul has to go somewhere…..for eternity. Where it goes is strictly your choice.

To make that choice you need facts.

Do you really want to continue to get your facts from social media and those whose fulltime job is misleading you, OR do you think you might want to check with your personal “Owner’s Manual”?

Maybe the following pages can help with your decision.

note #1 - Proverbs 6:12 (TLB)

Let me describe for you a worthless and a wicked man; first, he is a constant liar; he signals his true intensions to his friends with eyes and feet and fingers.”

Psalm 58:1-4 (TLB)

“Justice? You high and mighty politicians don’t even know the meaning of the word! Fairness? Which of you has any left? Not one! All your dealings are crooked: you give "justice" in exchange for bribes. These men are born sinners, lying from their earliest words! They are poisonous as deadly snakes, cobras that close their ears to the most expert of charmers.”

note #2 - Matthew 24:37-39 (RSV)

“As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man.”

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