God’s standard gauge
I really don’t want to get on a rant here, but I have to tell you, I’m very disappointed in the major television networks with their continued support of alternative lifestyles and the “in your face” total lack of support or portrayal of the basic traditional family life. The fall “line-up” is almost completely void of any moral standards or teachings for our younger generations to learn from.
Some say my ideals of morality are strictly Judeo-Christian (whatever that means), out-of-date ideals that I’m trying to force on others so they can be just like me. Well, look around. Do you truly think that total free will is working out? It seems nobody is responsible for their actions anymore. It’s always somebody else’s fault that caused the decisive action taken at the time. Laws aren’t broken until one is caught breaking the law. I believe our grandparents were right. We would be better off without television. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
I love learning things that really don’t amount to a hill of beans, most of the time, but they’re fun facts to know. I received this factoid about three years ago and want to share it. I had to clean it up a little from the way I received it, but nonetheless a fascinating story. Did you know that the width of the space shuttle solid booster rockets, those round things on either side of the white winged vehicle, was determined by the width of two horses’ behinds as they stand side by side? The U.S. Standard rail gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. An odd number, don’t you think?
That’s how the railways were built in England and English engineers helped design the first large-scale usable U.S. railways. Pre-railroad tramways (horse-drawn) used the same gauge copying that of the common freight wagon using the same manufacturing jigs. Why did wagons have that particular wheel width? It was the width of the already existing ruts in the roads all over the known world. How did they get there? The Roman Empire. The wheel width of the mass-manufactured Roman chariot matched the width of two horses side by side. The wheels of the chariot would ride in the horse’s gait, re-packing the dirt loosened up by the horse’s hooves. To keep from breaking wheels, everyone used this gauge. So, the solid rocket booster designers at Thiokol in Utah had a problem.
In order to ship the finished rockets by rail from the factory, the train had to pass through several tunnels on the way. The tunnels are only a little wider than the rail gauge, setting the maximum width of the rocket body. I’ll let you expound on the story in your own way as you put this new information to work.
[Galatians 3: 1-25] There are a lot of different opinions in the world today as to how the average “Joe” should live and the tolerant attitude he has to show forth to his fellow man in all circumstances. Christianity is slowly being molded into the total tolerance mold of the new order society that’s laying its rails around the world. The gauge being used by the new order is much wider than that set by God, but they say it will make traveling through life easier.
As people switch to the new gauge, I’m surprised they haven’t already seen the wheels coming off our staunch social standards, which have so long governed and sustained our great country. God set the standard long, long ago and if we stray from His Word and substitute our faith for worldly lusts, we’re headed for a huge train wreck.
Jesus said, “... Narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it” (Matthew 7: 13-14). If your gauge is too wide, you are not going to fit through the gate.
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