Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

Who Sets The Standard?

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 21•14

In 1975 the US Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act which set in motion the Metrication of the United States. I remember in school being taught the metric system and being given all sorts of little conversion charts and conversion devices to be able to understand how metric temperature, weight, length and so on compared. In the end we never really converted at all for a number of reasons. I believe we took the wrong approach by using an equivalency approach with tables and graphs instead of simply changing over and learning what 95 kph and 20°C felt like as well as what a liter of fuel should cost. At this point the US, Burma and Liberia are the only nations that have not fully adopted the metric system.

Units Of Measure

Each country has a department that maintains the standards used by that nation. In the US we have NIST, National Institute of Standards and Time. If you are using a modern computer or a smartphone, you are using a time setting traceable to NIST. As I write this my computer is 29 seconds slow according to a page at NIST; that is an acceptable deviation for a home computer. Private computers do not connect to one of the Root Time Servers, but to one of the secondary servers, and typically a computer does not check daily, just on reboots, which for me was 7 days and a half days ago.

uptime
17:21:20 up 7 days, 9:41, 2 users, load average: 0.24, 0.33, 0.45

At work I have a torque wrench that is certified as “Tracable to NIST Standards”. It is accurate enough for use in a automotive repair environment, but probably not for working on the Space Shuttles.

But what if an error in standards caused something life threatening to occur? Like the wrong measure of a medication that if compounded improperly could cause an agonizing death? Or a miscalculation of chemicals that would cause a fiery explosion? If different industries set their own standards, or different businesses within an industry used conflicting standards, the results could be catastrophic.

However that is how people live spiritually, gambling their eternal destiny on a belief system, a set of standards, or none at all, often with little thought. In the US we have many different belief systems; Jewish, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Evolution, Hinduism, Taoism, Atheism just name a few. And yes, Atheism and Evolution are belief systems. And within those there are factions. Christianity for example can be broken into Catholic and Protestant, Islam as Shiite and Sunni, Jews as Zionists and Hellenic. Other nations often are closed to any belief systems beyond that of the ruling party as we are seeing in the Islamic world.

I am a Protestant Christian for a number of reasons. One principle reason is the words of Christ, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 NIV Also Christ was killed and rose again in three days as He said he would, no other religion dares claim a resurrected Saviour, and He was seen by many witnesses. Then there is the witness of His Spirit to my spirit.

There was a time when all the major ‘religions’ held to mostly the same moral truths in concept and largely in practice. We all shared a set of standards regarding what was sin: murder, lying, marriage, adultery, theft, , , and some beliefs about an/the afterlife.

Today we have as many standards as we have people. Many today claim to be spiritual and take a little bit of this faith, some of that faith and add their own feeling about how things ought to be. That may seem comfortable and pleasant, it allows us to rationalize away sin and feel good about ourselves; however it is conforming God into our own image. It is a form of idolatry, self worship. It’s not the first time this has happened; Matthew’s Gospel recalls these words from Jesus.

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. – Matthew 24:37-39 NIV

Jesus was referring to the Biblical account of the flood beginning in Genesis 6.

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. – Genesis 6:5-8 NIV

So what standard are you using? God has set the standard since the beginning of time immortal.  ” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 NIV”. Reading the Old Testament books of history we see the results of following God’s standards – life, and rejecting God’s standards – destruction. God chose the nation of Israel to bring forth his Son in human flesh. They were chosen as a peculiar people among all the nations, although they often rejected Him and went their own way. They would be decimated almost to the point of being annihilated before they would return to Him. He would then prosper them and they would become a mighty people again, only to turn away and fall into sin and idolatry.

This has been referred to as the Sin Cycle and is historied in the book of Judges. Obedience>Blessing>Disobedience>Punishment>Repentance>Obedience.

judges_cycle

One last bit of scripture, please think about who sets the standard.

A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. – Proverbs 21:2 NIV

What are your standards for life? Will you bet your eternity on it?

I’ve placed my trust in Jesus the Christ as my Saviour, and come to Him in repentance, confessing I am a sinner. I believe his sacrificial death has atoned for me to have eternal life. I hope you will too.

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