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I read this in a book written by Andy Andrews some time ago and find myself often coming back to it. So much so that I turned it into a Sunday School lesson the past 2 weeks and need another week to finish.
In Andy's book, How do you kill 11 million people, he takes you back to the Holocaust, and explains as only he can exactly how it was done. The short answer is you Lie to them!
Without giving you all the details let me share a short story that happened years ago in my work career. I was called by a lady who started asking me questions about my work, accomplishments, education, and on and on. After anything I told her she replied how remarkable I was and laid it on really thick. Finally she explained that for $125 I could get the Who's who of corporate America and I would be included.
I said I had no interest and she offered for $75, a plain version. My reply, no thanks. She went on to say that without purchasing the book my story would not be told. I explained I wasn't looking for that story to be told in the first place. This made me think, how many of those stories are true. I could have told her I was a brain surgeon, and if I paid, it would have been printed.
In Jerimiah 36: 1-8, and 20-32 it's told of how Jeremiah was writing as God instructed on the scrolls. When it was read to the king he cut the scroll up and threw it in the fire. The king was in essence saying, if I don't believe it, it won't happen.
Similar there was a bumper sticker saying, God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
As if us believing has any significance. The fact that God said it settles it.
What settles what you read or hear? Truth is truth. What's recorded ? that's another issue.