"Yesterday's Truth . . . Today's Fiction "
July 8, 2009
For the Word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love. Psalm 33:4-5
Doctor Aaron Carroll and Doctor Rachel Vreeman are myth busters.
That's right; these two doctors from the Indiana University School of Medicine have taken it upon themselves to expose some of those medical fictions, which everybody knows to be factual.
In short, they're writing about things which are supposed to be true, but aren't.
Do I hear you asking, "What kind of things?" I hope so, because if you aren't asking that question, this devotion is going to be a short one. So, in answer to your query, here are a few of those myths:
1. In the wintertime a person loses body heat through his head. "Nope," the good doctors say. You will lose heat through any body part that is exposed to the elements.
2. Milk produces phlegm. Every choir director I've ever met believed that one. But the good doctors say that isn't the case.
3. Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. The doctors admit the practice may give you fewer friends, but it does not increase the possibility of you getting arthritis.
4. Sugar makes kids hyper. The doctors say "no" to that one, too.
Other myths exposed by the doctors include the following: it's okay to double dip in the chip dip and food quickly picked up from the floor is safe to eat.
Ain't science wonderful?
The truth is what we know changes from year to year; sometimes it changes from day to day.
This is just one reason I am thankful for Holy Scripture.
The Psalmist accurately says, "The word of the Lord is right and true." About how many other things can you say that? And just as important, that Word points unerringly and unceasingly to the Savior who gave Himself as our ransom.
Because of what Jesus has done, the earth is full of God's unfailing love.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for giving us truth which can always be trusted, we offer our thanks. Without the Savior and the true salvation He gives, our lives would be most uncertain. In Jesus' Name, I praise You. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries