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Jan
16
James Ussher’s Education
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
James Ussher is famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, for his work on creation. It was Ussher who calculated that the Earth was created at 6 pm on the evening before October 23rd 4004...
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Drink Coffee and Live Long

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James 1:17
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Image: Cup of coffeeJames says that “every good and perfect gift is from above...” Perhaps I am twisting Scripture a little by including coffee in this category. I have to confess – I love coffee. So I was delighted to read on the Science Daily website recently that the intake of coffee could contribute to longer life! If that is so, I could be looking forward to living as long as Methuselah!

 Now, we have discussed coffee, or rather caffeine, before in these Creation Moments programs. It isn’t my purpose today to extol the virtues or otherwise of this honey-colored liquid. I simply want to note that a recent study has linked drinking four cups of coffee a day with a long and healthy life. 337 participants were studied over a ten-year period and were found to have a 64% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who never or almost never consumed coffee. All participants lived in Spain or other Mediterranean areas. The researchers noted that previous studies on coffee consumption had not been carried out around the Mediterranean.

 The study also notes that previous studies had sometimes shown that there was a deleterious effect to the over-consumption of coffee or other caffeinated drinks. There are, after all, many people who suggest that drinking coffee could be bad for one’s health. The fact that another study is now suggesting an opposite conclusion simply underlines how volatile the professional opinion of scientists can be. The idea of scientific consensus turns out to be a myth and not an argument of authority. Our only absolute authority is what God says in His word.

Prayer: 
Thank You, Father, for the truth of Your word. Amidst all the changing opinions of the world, Your word remains the same. Amen.
Notes: 
Ref: European Society of Cardiology. (2017, August 27). Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 28, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170827101750.htm. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.