Great Discoveries

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When the astronomer, Galileo, discovered that the earth moved around the sun, he was laughed to scorn. The authorities of that day threatened the astronomer with death at the stake if he did not renounce his opinion. But now every child is taught that the earth goes around the sun.
When the great surgeon, Harvey, discovered the circulation of the blood from the heart to the extremities, he was ridiculed on every hand. No one doubts now that the blood circulates.
When the engineer, Watt, discovered the force of steam, the world was skeptical.
When Stephenson constructed his locomotive, and utilized the power of steam, he was sneered at as a visionary.
When Morse discovered that electricity could be transmitted through a wire, and a message could be flashed across the Atlantic in a fraction of a second, people were sure he was talking of impossibilities.
When Sir J.Y. Simpson, the great Edinburgh doctor, who is famous as the discoverer of the use of chloroform in surgery, was asked what was the greatest discovery of all that he had made, he promptly replied, "That I was a great sinner, and that Christ was a great Savior."
Have you made that greatest discovery of all? For you will make it one day—either in time or in eternity. Which? If you make that discovery in time, you may be saved, but if in eternity, it will be too late.