Summary: Why does the turtle beat the rabbit?

The Hare and the Tortoise

Rabbit vs. Turtle / Lie vs. Truth

Scripture Reference: Titus 1:1-3 (KJV)

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Have you ever noticed how much faster a lie can travel than the truth

I believe that it is because of the overwhelming advantage of speed that a lie has over the truth is why there are so many people deceived into accepting a lie even though they know that it is a lie

People sit back and wait and search and dig for any type of lies that they can spread while the truth seems boring and ineffective

If I were to line a lie up against the truth at a starting line and asked which would you vote on to win the race you would probably laugh at me for even thinking that the truth had an outside chance of coming anywhere close to beating the lie

I must admit that there are races in my life that a quick lie here and there seems to be all that it would take to get me to the finish line a little faster

When I first heard of this race I always heard of it being the rabbit vs. turtle. However as I matured this raced turned into the Tortoise vs. Hare. I was told that these were just two different names for the same animals. However being the type of nosy guy I am I had to investigate this further for myself.

Let’s first look at the Tortoise:

Tortoise - Usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica

Just looking at the description of this animal we can come up with certain conclusions

1. Usually herbivorous - whether we want to admit or not this is a good diet. In fact, this is the original diet set for us to eat from God. (Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.) So we see here that this creature eats what he is supposed to eat (truth) and any dietician will confirm that you are what you eat.

2. Land turtles - This means it doesn’t do something and fly away to escape the blame or go underwater where it can really never be found to see what happened. God ordered man to subdue (Hold within limits and control) the earth and to have dominion (Dominance or power through legal authority) over the sea and air (Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.)

3. Having clawed elephant-like limbs - This describes his ability and will to not just accept but to hold on to the truth. His claws - (A mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something) represent the part that applies a strong hold and his elephant-like features represent his very thick skin. We have to realize that in order to hold on to the truth people will talk about us harshly so we really need to have thick skin.

4. Worldwide in arid area - By the tortoise existing in arid (Lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless) areas this should be a warning to anyone that wants to stand for truth. Don’t expect to be popular. People will seem like they don’t like you or don’t want to be around you but that will only be an illusion. Actually you will find that you would rather be alone than to subject yourself to the torture of the deceit. I for one am not an animal fanatic like some of my friends that have dogs, cats, snakes, gerbils, etc. However I always feel that I can tolerate a tortoise in my area. They are not all cute and cuddly but they never seem to pose a threat, they are not noisy, stinky, messy. They just are so easy to tolerate.

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