by James Merritt

"One Thing Everybody Ought To Know"
James Merritt
I Timothy 1:15


1. We are living in an age when knowledge is literally exploding. We have more knowledge at our fingertips than ever before in the history of mankind.

-Between 6,000 and 7,000 scientific articles are written everyday.

-Scientific and technical information now increases 13% per year, which means it doubles every 5 years.

2. But the rate is soon going to jump to perhaps 40% per year because of new, more powerful information systems and an increasing population of scientists. That means that data will double every 20 months.[1]

3. I was stunned reading recently about how many things are printed in the United States every day. Did you know that every second 3,000 pages of material are printed in the United States? Think about that. Every second 3,000 pages. One thousand books are published every day.

4. Did you know that if you took all of the knowledge from the time of recorded history to 1845 and let it equate an inch; then from 1845 to 1945 it would equal 3"; but from 1945 to the present it would be longer than the Washington Monument. That is how many facts we are learning. That is how knowledge is increasing, pulling in on us like a tidal wave.

5. One thing all of this knowledge has taught us, however, is, that nobody can know everything. A census taker knocked on the door of an old backwoods shack up in West Virginia. An old timer came to the door and asked the man what he wanted.

6. "The President has sent us across the country to find out exactly how many people live in the United States" the man said.

7. The hillbilly said, "Well I'm sorry you came all the way out here to ask me because I ain't got the faintest idea."

8. Well there is much that we cannot know, but there is one thing that everybody ought to know, that is "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners".

9. Now first of all this is a reliable statement. Paul ...

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