Discerning Truth

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A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Diego revealed the following:

“Through mobile phones, online entertainment services, the Internet, electronic mail, television, radio, newspapers, books, social media etc. people receive every day about 105,000 words or 23 words per second in half a day (12 hours) (during awake hours). Although people can not really read these 105,000 words each day, this is the real number estimated to be reaching the human eyes and ears every day. After adding pictures, videos, games, etc., we reach the volume of 34 Gigabytes of information per day on average.”

We receive over a book a day in information before including digital media. But the question remains: Can we discern the truth of the information we’re receiving?

It’s easy to believe that our choice to share a spam article or pass along a half-truth isn’t a big deal, but a recent study warns that doing so has significant consequences, and three decades of research has labeled the phenomena illusionary truth. The experiment authors say, “Repetition increases the likelihood that a statement will be judged as true.” Since there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9), I believe we see examples of the consequences of illusionary truth in Scripture.

First, in Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas encountered a group of people in Lystra. There are three events to consider in this section of Scripture.

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