FROM THE PULPIT: Let’s simplify faith

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 01:50 PM.

A manufacturer placed thousands of tubes of toothpaste into individual boxes and prepared them for shipping every day.

Soon, the machinery started to malfunction somehow and some boxes arrived for shipping without anything in them.

The company’s owner hired a consulting team to come in and evaluate what and where the problem was, and determine what was needed to fix it.

The company spent $8 million after consultants investigated the problem, made recommendations and installed new machinery.

A retrofit discovered empty boxes by automatically weighing each box before it shipped. When an empty box hit the scale, it registered as being too light, an alarm sounded and all the plant’s machinery stopped so the empty box could be filled.

The system seemed to work well. The number of empty boxes diminished greatly, and the company’s CEO was pleased with the better numbers.

Soon, when no empty boxes arrived at shipping, the skeptical CEO investigated whether the numbers were correct.

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