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Vol.  10  No. 5 May 2008  Page 9
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We Must Have a Standard

By Dalton Key

    President John Quincy Adams once called both Houses of Congress together for a special meeting. He walked in carrying two bushel baskets. He said, “The bushel measure in my right hand came from South Carolina; the one in my left hand comes from the city of New York. One of these bushel measures contains sixty-eight cubic inches more than the other one.” He then walked up to a table and picked up two one pound weights. He said, “This weight in my right hand came from Massachusetts; this other one came from Maine. One of them weighs nearly an ounce more than the other one.” He concluded, “Gentlemen, we need a standard measurement and a standard weight for the United States of America.” The establishment of the Bureau of Weights and Measures resulted from this visual demonstration.

    We understand that there must be a set standard for weights and measures. However, there must also be a standard for matters of religion. Why is the religious world divided asunder by various beliefs and doctrines? The answer should be obvious. Most religious people are not content to use God’s standard, the Bible.

    We must not measure ourselves religiously by our own opinions or conjectures. Neither should we strive to live up to the standards of manmade doctrines and creeds. We ought to be content with God’s standard, the Bible. The Bible is truth (John 17:17), and as such thoroughly furnishes us unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:17). Furthermore, the Bible contains all that “pertains to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Yes, we must have a standard! And that standard is God’s Word.

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