Three items that caught my attention, today, on the UK’s MailOnline and NYTimes.com:
- Concerning the New Zealand Quake: How happy we can all be that this 7.1-er killed no one! The pictures in this article are fascinating, and the idea that one quake has moved part of the earth’s crust by 11 feet causes one to ponder a bit. As Trumpets comes closer and closer, the verse about the last seal being opened before the trumpet blasts begin and “every mountain and island was moved out of its place” (Rev. 6:14) comes to mind. The earth ruled for 1,000 years will in many ways be geographically different than the one we know, today.
- Concerning Facebook and Studying: Bad news for parents of Facebooking teens, in that their fears about multitasking kiddos may be proven accurate. The study cited claims that those who have Facebook running while they study — even if it is in the “background” — earn 20% lower scores on their exams, even though three-quarters of them state that Facebook has no impact. I couldn’t tell from the article if the study considered the pre-Facebook performance of the teens and whether or not the result is a filtering versus an actual impact. Hopefully, they would have controlled for that.
- Concerning Happiness vs. Shopping on the “Sabbath”: Well, the article is not about shopping on the actual Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11) — rather, it is about shopping on Sunday (Constantine 20:8-11) in places that formerly had “blue laws” preventing the practice. Apparently, a study has shown that females who go shopping on Sundays instead of to church are measurably less happy. More specifically, the study noted that, among white women, dropping the “blue laws” was correlated with an increase in shopping, a decrease in church attendance, and a decrease in happiness. The study reported that no similar effect was found on men. No effect was found among black women, as well, although the sample size was small, which may have affected the results.
I remember reading a Discover magazine article (more an info-bite, if I recall correctly) about a study that said man seemed inherently designed (not their word, I’m sure) to need one day in seven for rest. (Of course, I would stress a particular day among those seven!) Perhaps these ladies are experiencing the natural consequences of ignoring God’s Laws — even a faulty version of those laws that stresses the wrong day.