The crash of several airplanes recently has filled the headlines of news reports. The Boeing 737 Max is an update of Boing’s 737, which has been a workhorse of the company’s fleet since 1967.
The new “Max” has heavier engines, so they were placed further forward on the airframe. To compensate for this, a new device was put on the plane.
As investigators have explored the “black boxes,” they are thinking that a faulty sensor and the new feature of the 737 Max, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), may have caused the crashes.
On one flight, the pilots were searching a handbook to determine why the plane was acting so (Gwyn Topham in the Guardian, March 25, 2019).
Had they known fully what to do, they might have averted the accidents. Prayers should continue for the families of those who lost their lives.
When it comes to spiritual matters one must also know what to do, else one could lose their soul. God did not leave man without a way to get the knowledge needed to get to heaven.
God inspired men to write the Bible and that word tells man what God wants of man.
But one must train themselves in his word. That comes through study of the word.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). This study will show one the way to heaven.
A person can listen to preachers, but if they do not have all the facts themselves, who is to say the preacher is telling all the facts.
During the time of God’s prophet Jeremiah, an occasion arose where the people were listening to a preacher, but he was not telling them all the facts.
The nation of Judah was under siege from Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Jeremiah had told the people this would happen for they had refused to repent.
He told them they would be overcome and held in captivity for 70 years. The false prophet told a different story to the people (Jer. 28:2-4).
The false message was well received by the people, but they did not have all the facts. They needed to know the facts, but instead of checking this out they chose to believe him.
Jeremiah’s prophecy came true and the people of Judah spent seventy years in captivity.
One needs to know the facts about religion. Paul wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).
Man must realize how to rightly divide the word, to determine which law they are living under and what is expected of them.
Hopefully the true reason for the plane crashes will be found out and corrected, but every person can know the truth of God’s word. Knowing what to do is a must.