Cross-reference: (n) a reference from one part of a book, index, or the like, to related material, as a word or illustration, in another part.
I think there are three.
Yes, there are three books that I feel are necessary to be used to cross-reference one another.
In doing so, they help us to land on common sense and some measure of universal truth.
Unfortunately, people normally revere only one of these books–or might include two.
But it is the enjoining of all three that gives us the perspective, the insight and the balance to understand where we’re going and why each one of these volumes was written in the first place.
For me—in no particular order—for me this trio of books is:
1. The history book
2. The science book
3. The Bible
Rather than trying to find out where these particular collections of knowledge contradict one another, I think the wise human journey is finding out where they coincide.
What part of our human history helped us discover a scientific fact that can be cross-referenced in the Bible?
I will go as far as to say that if these books do not cross-reference each other, we should look at the situation with suspicious eyes. For just as the history book certainly needs to be updated with events, and the science book needs to be refreshed with available data, so the Bible needs to have inclusions enlightenment that is everlasting instead of temporary, acquired from a former time.
But if history, science and the Bible all agree on a matter, it is pretty safe to chase the dream.
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