The nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been times of great scientific advance. The past thirty years have brought us such marvels as jet power, nuclear power, television, and modern missiles, as well as many hundreds of gadgets that add to the comfort of mankind.
Science gives us all these things, but it does not tell us what to do with them. At this point we must have moral and spiritual resources in order to use properly the things science has created.
Give an immature boy an air rifle and he may shoot out the windows. Give the morally immature human race hydrogen bombs and missiles and they may blow the entire world to bits. Science has led us to the possibility of a Golden Age, but science has also brought us to the possibility of the destruction of the human race. Man stands at the crossroads; he must make a choice.
The word “Christian” is of Latin derivation. Literally it means “partisan of Christ” or “a member of His party.” The one thing you can say about partisans, whatever their politics is that they are never neutral. They never “play it safe,” they never “sit on the fence,” they are never spectators in the struggles of their time. They throw in their lot. They commit themselves. They hear and follow their leader, come what may. So the very word “Christian” implies a commitment of life, a decision, a choice.
Christ told us that we do not have the inner resources to face the problems, frustrations, and crises of life. We need new resources that he alone can provide. He said, “you must be born again” (John 3:7). Jesus taught clearly that unless we experience a new birth or conversion, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
The sense of futility in life seems common to many and is understood by almost everyone. Even ...1
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