Ground Hog Day: Have We Been Tricked?

It’s a drab study in shades of brown and white outside my window today. Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this morning, and the forecast is for an early spring. I sure hope so, although PP isn’t always right. What in the world?I also saw the above amazing bit of ingenuity on FB yesterday (February 1). My first response was belief: “That’s cool!” But, then I said to myself, “Wait a minute…this is a leap year, so there must be 5 Mondays this year”…In fact, except for leap years there are always exactly 4 of each of the days of the week in February, because it’s the only month with exactly 28 days. And, what’s with the 823 years? The perfect rhythm of 4 opportunities to live for each of the 7 weekdays in February occurs 4 out of every 5 years, or about 659 out of the next 823 years. It made me laugh at myself to realize how gullible I am…that my first response is to believe what I read or hear. It also made me feel a bit tricked and offended. What motivates people to promulgate lies? I’m sure some do it unintentionally, because they’ve been taken it too. (Sadly, I’ve been guilty of that.) Perhaps some do it as a joke, just to see if they can fool others. Worst of all, some people intentionally twist ideas to promote a perverse agenda…such as coining the term “homophobia” (by a psychotherapist named George Weinberg back in the 70’s) to shift the sense of psychological malady from the homosexual to the heterosexual population. As believers, let’s be more careful in discerning truth from lies: “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14, NIV).

Also, despite the erroneous line of argument in the cartoon above, the first statement is true: “February 2016 cannot come in your lifetime again.” In fact, “February 2016” will never come again, not in our life time or in anybody’s life time as long as we use our world’s present system for accounting time. Each second—each month and year—only comes and passes once, so let’s make it a great month, whether or not spring comes early!

“Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing:
and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5).

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