If You See THIS Label On The Fruit Do Not Buy It at Any Cost!
Most of us don’t know that the stickers attached to the fruits and vegetables are there for more than just scanning the price.
The PLU code, or the price lookup number on the sticker can help you determine if the product is genetically modified, organic or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides or herbicides.
1. A four-digit code beginning with a 3 or a 4 means the produce is probably conventionally grown. The last four letters of the code represent the kind of the fruit or vegetable you are buying. For example, bananas are always labeled with the code of 4011.
2. If there are five numbers, and the first is “8″, then the product is genetically modified. The label on genetically modified banana (GE-genetically engineered of GMO) would contain the numbers 84011.
3. A five-digit number that starts with a 9 means the item is organic. Organic bananas are labeled with 94011.
EWG (The Environmental Working Group) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items.
The Environmental Protection Agency warns that the consumption of pesticides can lead to health problems such as “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.” Children are especially at risk of harm from pesticides.
Fruits and Vegetables to Always Buy Organic
The Dirty Dozen Plus.
These foods have really high pesticide loads and should always be purchased organic.
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
- Summer Squash.
These foods are relatively safe and do not have to be purchased organic if you are on a budget.
- Sweet Corn (not to be confused with potentially GMO canned corn)
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes.
The EWG also notes that 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines all tested positive for at least one pesticide residue, while the average (white) potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce!
Don’t Be Deceived!
Deception literally means the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid: the act of deceiving.
I want to contend that there are three large areas that have led to an incredible increase in deception in modern Christianity. The result is absolutely dangerous: false Christianity. I pray that you read the following with a open heart so that you can walk away from any areas of deception in your life.
What was the last passage you read? Book of the Bible? Book? What is your average books read per week? Month? I love to read and learn. My favorite is old books from renowned Christian men and women. The old versions are often a little difficult to read. The English is more complex and requires more focus and a deeper vocabulary. Why? There has been a sharp decline in reading and self-thinking. Fall in reading has led to a rise in media consumption.
Are you ready for some shocking statistics?
The average American spends 19 minutes per day reading while the average 15-19 year old spends only 4.2 minutes per day reading. Contrast that with the average American spending 235 minutes with TV, 203 minutes on a mobile device and 128 minutes on a computer. In 1978 only 8% of Americans claimed to read no books in a year. In 2011 this number rose to 19%. 80% of families will not buy a new book this year and 70% of Americans claim to not have been in a book store in the last 5 years. 57% of young adults read their Bible less than 3 times a year.
What is the last doctrinal issue you thought through? Doctrine is simply a clarified statement of Christian beliefs. These can range from our fallen nature and salvation to atonement and the doctrines of grace. When we talk about a Bible passage and explain the meaning of passages and words, we are doing exegesis! We are talking about doctrinal issues and stating the meaning of the Bible.
A fall in doctrinal clarity leads to rise in deception. What happens when pastors don’t understand doctrine or don’t teach it because its not easy and catchy? What we end up with is the blind leading the blind. Ask yourself the following questions to keep from falling into this deception: Do you know more about secularism than Christianity? Is your view of Christianity more reflective of moralism than Yeshua´s teaching?
Teaches that good works or being a good person gets you to Heaven/makes The Lord happy. Christianity teaches that you can’t truly be/do good until salvation has occurred, which means that God is already passing over your sin through Yeshua.
Coupled with the moral revolution this leads to subjectivity of morality and the legalization of immorality (Romans 1:30) .
This deception leads to a few conclusions:
Christianity is outdated, old fashioned, discriminatory and intolerant.
Universalism is the only alternative. Universalism states that all roads lead to The Lord.
False Christianity is the byproduct of accepting universalism in the church and can look like: the prosperity gospel, false grace, works righteousness, etc.
Why So Much Deception?
Satan is called the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4).
- In Zech. 3 he opposes God’s work.
- In Mt. 4 he perverts God’s Word.
- In 1 Thess. 2 he hinders God’s servant.
- In 2 Cor. 4 he hinders the Gospel.
- In 1 Timothy 3 he snares the righteous.
- In 1 John 5 he holds this world in his power.
So why so much deception. He is losing subjects and is desperate to not lose them.
But in Hebrews 2 and 1 John 3 Yeshua came to destroy satan and his works and free those held in bondage. In Colossians 1 Jesus came to deliver us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. In Romans 16 Yeshua will come and completely destroy the enemy.
Areas of Deception.
Entertainment/Amusement – fulfilling God-given desires of: adventure, humor, thrills, challenge, etc. through temporary, limited and immediate satisfactions (movies, TV, games, social media). Leads to worshiptainment and feel good sermons to appease worldly Christians.
Lack of Rest – Sabbath is derided or set aside as an unattainable, lofty aspiration.
Lack of Prayer – Many would say (and believe) that they pray far more than they actually do. The average pastor prays less than 5 minutes a day. Prayer is an aspiration hardly ever achieved because of a fundamental deception in doctrine: works vs. grace, moralism, sovereignty vs. free will.
Talking and Doing.
John Bunyan’s allegory in Pilgrim’s Progress is profound and eye opening.
On the way to the Celestial City Christian and Faithful encounter Talkative . At first he appears to be a great companion, talking at length with Faithful about religion and its beauty. But it’s just that…talk. Christian has to instruct Faithful about the deception found in Talkative, mainly that he talks but doesn’t do.
Like Faithful we must beware of this great deception.
James 1:22 tells us clearly: Don’t be hearers only but doers as well.
I write this to you today so that you won’t be deceived. The most dangerous part of deception is that you don’t see it! I hope that by reading this your eyes have been opened to any number of areas of deception surrounding you. But don’t stop there. Repent and turn to the truth, Yeshua! (By Andrew Adams firstname.lastname@example.org).