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90% Wrong but Going Strong

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Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has become the most popular general reference site on the internet. But trusting Wikipedia for important things, such as medical diagnosis, is probably a huge mistake!

Did you know that, according to a study by Campbell University, 90% of all medical entries on Wikipedia include “factual errors?” Yikes! Nine out of every ten entries had information that ranged from serious “clinical implications” to potentially lethal results.

Some of the more glaring examples included:

  1. Potentially lethal information on how to diagnose and treat high blood pressure;
  2. Necessary medications that were inappropriately listed as dangerous for children;
  3. Potentially harmful side effects that drug companies had removed from references!

A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, shows that “as many as a quarter of women have misdiagnosed themselves on Google. A survey of 1,000 women in 2012 found they often wrongly diagnosed themselves as having breast cancer, thrush, diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma.”

And the worst part? Studies show that 70% of doctors and medical students admit to using Wikipedia as a source! That means 70% of doctors and medical students are using a source that has a 90% false positive rate.

But I wonder how similar this problem is in the church. Would Christians stand for preachers who had “factual errors” 90% of the time they speak about the Bible? Where do we get the information we use to preach and teach the Word of God? Do we spend time in the Word? Or have we become Wikipedia-ites too? Imagine what the false positive rate is on Wikipedia for matters of salvation!

Jesus longed for His followers to be steeped in truth: to know it and to be immersed in it: “Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth” (John 17:17). Our message depends upon our accuracy. It is so important that Christians be found “trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Maybe it is time to quit letting Wikipedia be your witness. “Wiki said,” won’t present you as one who is “approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the Word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Search the scriptures…and see if the things you hear and speak “be so” (Acts 17:11).

The “24 Hour” Queen

Denise Garrido and Riza Santos

For a brief period, all of Denise Garrido’s dreams were coming true. She had been crowned “Miss Universe Canada,” and she was going to have the opportunity to represent Canada in the Miss Universe competition this December. The next day though, Denise watched as her dreams were smashed. In a humiliating and heart-wrenching moment, Garrido was stripped of her sash, crown, and trophy.

You might ask, “What horrible thing did she do?” Nothing. This terrible moment for Gerrido was based on a “typo!” Due to a typo in entering scores when a judge’s handwritten scores were entered into a computer, Denise was falsely crowned. Not only had she not won the competition, but she had actually come in fourth! Apparently, false advertising means nothing in pageants since the committee took away the honor and gave it to another!

Since, Miss Garrido will be too old to compete in the next Miss Universe competition, it was her “last chance” at this crown. Now…not to belittle what Denise has been through, but her situation pales in comparison with those who have been falsely crowned in this world. Just as in the pageant world, all mistakes will be corrected, and there won’t be 2nd chances in eternity. What was a brief moment of shock and horror for Denise Garrido will be eternity for others.

Of course, I am speaking of a crown of righteousness, about which the Apostle Paul writes, “the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). We need not worry about being stripped of that crown if we are truly His. But some people are wearing crowns given by false teachers. Sadly, they are “24 hour” Kings and Queens. Jesus made that clear in Matthew 7:23. There will be some who will claim access to the crown who never knew the real Jesus.

The crown is only for those who will follow His Word, not for those who wear crowns that rust and fade. Check out the real Jesus today…and look for a true crown in heaven!