Did You Know - March 2009

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The First In-stepper

The North American Division’s In Step for Life program (www.instepforlife.com) involves wearing a pedometer—a step-tracking device. This gauge was invented by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Among Jefferson’s inventions were the swivel chair and macaroni and cheese. Jefferson did not patent his inventions, believing they belonged to, and should benefit, society.

SOURCE: Interesting Thing of the Day

Celebrating Women’s History Month

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation.”

–Susan B. Anthony

“We object to that narrow-souled theology which will not allow the old ladies to have dreams because the prophecy says, "your young men shall see visions." These stingy critics seem to forget that "man," and "men," in the scriptures, generally mean both men and women… But the prophecy does say, "Your sons and your daughters shall prophecy."

–James White (Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, Preface)

Study: Many Faiths Even Means Non-Christians

Last year we reported a study by the PEW Research Center where a Christian majority said some religions, other than their own, could lead to eternal life. The findings caused a stir among the evangelical community, who claimed the survey was misleading and respondents had meant only other Christian denominations.

This prompted another study by PEW, specifically identifying non-Christian religions, like Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. The new study found 80 percent of Christians believed at least one non-Christian faith could lead followers to eternal life, and more than 60 percent believed two or more non-Christian faiths could do so. To learn more, visit http://pewresearch.org.

March 01, 2009 / Did You Know?