Almost everything occurring in todayâs world can only be described as ALL WRONG! Why, when things go wrong, do so few search for the cause?
Every effectâgood or badâcan be traced to a root cause. Conversely, every cause brings an effect. Since the world is filled with bad effects, why do so few examine the cause? Why do scientists, educators, religionists, and other âexpertsâ and âthinkersâ primarily devote their efforts to addressing these effects?
Think for a moment. The world is filled with problems of every conceivable natureâand they are only growing worse, and greater in number. Therefore, the headlines of todayâs newspapers are filled with bad news. Here is a sampling of headlines we are all too familiar with:
âWar Rages in Middle East,â âSuicide Bombings Increase,â âArms Race Reveals More Countries with Nukes,â âMan Kills Family, Then Self,â âSniper Kills Ten, Wounds Twenty,â âHIV to Kill Over One Million Annually,â âFerry OverturnsâOne Thousand Lost,â âMysterious Illness Sickens Dozens, Kills Ten,â âMarket CrashesâGlobal Recession, Even Depression, on Horizon,â âCEO IndictedâTwo Billion Unaccounted For,â âGod Banned from Schools,â âTeachers Losing Control of Classrooms,â âTyphoon Kills Thousands,â âRecord Drought Grips North Americaâ500-year Flood in Europe,â âPollution Chokes All Nations,â âMore Huge Dead Zones Discovered in Oceans and Lakes,â âTens of Thousands Starve to Death Daily,â â250 Million Contract Malaria AnnuallyâHalf-Million Die,â â5 of 6 Marriages Suffer Adultery,â âTwo-thirds of Inner-City Births Illegitimate,â â3,000 Pornography Websites Appear Daily,â âDrug Lords Cause Civil War,â âGovernment Corruption Adds to Growing Cynicism and Voter Apathy,â âRiots Kill 75,â âSame-Sex Marriage Now Lawful!â, and on and onâŚ
In reality, these headlines are reporting nothing more than a long list of bad effects. Since man does not know the causes to his troubles, world problems only grow greater and humanityâs general state of misery only seems to compound with the passing of time. Headlines scream worse and worse messages to those who can bear to read them.
I ask, why?
But What IfâŚ?
While newspapers know that bad news sells, all people long for good news in their own livesâand hope the world improves. Most people assume that, somehow, problems will eventually âwork out alright,â merely because they want them to. People want to enjoy peace, happiness, abundance, well-being, good health, and general prosperity.
Could these things happen for everyone? Could they become universal? Could all the peoples of the world come to enjoy all these conditions? Is it possible that the problems now plaguing civilization on such a grand scale could abateâand eventually disappear? Could newspapers one day find themselves only able to report good newsâeverywhere?
Instead of the preceding headlines, could these replace them?:
âFood Production Sufficient to Feed Entire WorldâWith Plenty to Spare!â, âAll Chemical Fertilizers BannedâSoil Begins to Heal from Years of Neglect and Abuse!â, âFood Now Much More Nutritiousâand Tastes Better, Too!â
âAll Deadly Viruses EradicatedâIncluding HIV, Ebola, West Nile, Polio and Smallpox!â, âAll Lethal Bacteria DisappearâIncluding E. coli, Tuberculosis, Cholera, Staphylococcus, Salmonella and Bubonic Plague!â, âNo More Fatal IllnessâCancer, Strokes, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Other Killers Now Gone!â, âAll Blind, Deaf and Crippled Made Whole in Mass Worldwide Healing!â, âNo More SicknessâMillions Report Perfect Health!â, âAll Hospitals and Clinics Put Out of BusinessâMillions of Doctors, Nurses, Staff and Paramedics Find More Useful Vocations!â, âAll Pharmaceutical Companies Re-oriented and Re-educated to Wise Use of Herbs and Vitamins!â, âHealth âBreaks Outâ EverywhereâAll Report âNo Problemsâ!â
âDivorce DisappearsâNo More Broken Families!â, âNo More Fraudulent MarriagesâPrenuptial Agreements No Longer Necessary!â, âAll Teenagers Practice Respect and Obedience to Parents and Authority!â, âAll Deadbeat Dads Take Responsibility and Find Employment!â, âAll Mothers Find Nurturing Children at Home Rewarding!â
âWar Outlawed Around the WorldâAll Nations Disarmed!â, âDestructive Weapons Destroyed and Recycled!â, âAll Military Personnel Moving into Construction ProjectsâRebuilding Bridges and Critical Infrastructure!â, âMany Lands Recover from Civil WarâBeing Resettled and Farmed Productively!â, âGlobal Trade Competition CeasesâNations Cooperate Fully!â
âNo More CrimeâAll Rates Plunge to Zero!â, âMurderâThing of the Past!â, âArmed Robbery DisappearsâSo Does Fear!â, âAll Thieves RepentâNow Seeking Honest Employment!â, âCity Streets Now SafeâChildren Play Freely in Once Dangerous Neighborhoods!â
âEducation Now Focuses on Right ValuesâNo More âSituation Ethics,â Secular Humanism and âNo Absolutesâ!â, âBible Taught in All Schools!â, âAll Peoples Speak and Learn One Language!â, âLaw of âCause and Effectâ RevealedâExplains Why Past Disease, War, Famine, Poverty, Ignorance and Misery!â
âWeather Revolution Brings Stability to World!â, âTodayâs WeatherâBeautiful Skies and Rain in Due Season Tomorrow!â, âDeserts Blossom WorldwideâNow Favorite Garden Spots!â, âEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes and Floods No Longer a Threat!â
Do these headlines sound impossible? They are not. They are realâactually, they are certain. A wonderful, prophesied utopian world is coming to planet Earth. It will happen soonâin your lifetime!
But that time is not yet.
The Hope of Many
Many scientists and experts believe the world is evolving toward a higher, and better, order. They see the future as a wonderful time of exciting, unending possibilities. They see general betterment of the human condition, medical advancement, improvement in agricultureâproducing more and better foodâand scientific breakthroughs undreamed of now. These thinkers are so hopeful that they barely recognize the severity and complexity of the worldâs problems.
They live in a dream worldâand wear rose-tinted glasses that filter out the harsh reality of the world around us. But they do represent one popular school of thought. Only when the brutal reality of world-shattering conditions and events slams into them will they realize their hopes were only a pipedream. They will learn that God will work things out in a way for which they were not prepared. But He will not use the âmagicâ of science to pull a rabbit out of the hatâas so many hope and suppose. This is not how God will save men from themselves at the last possible momentâbefore they blast themselves from the planet!
A Coming Supergovernment?
Numerous scientists recognize that the planet and civilization are on a collision course with calamity! Many are scaredâand their statements of what could happen are frightening. They speak of the need for one world supergovernment to stop mankindâs runaway problems. Yet virtually no one believes such a government would work if it were in the hands of men. The obstacles just to achieve the governmentâto say nothing of how it would solve manâs exploding troubles and illsâare enormous.
But there is good news!
The Bible is almost entirely a message about a coming world government. Everywhere Jesus Christ went, He preachedâannouncedâthe coming of the Kingdom of God. He explained that it would be a world-ruling government that would smash and replace all the governments of men. He brought exciting, thrilling good news, in advance of its arrival. He spoke of a utopian, wonderful world tomorrowânow imminentâexplaining how many would qualify to rule with Him. (To learn more about this topic, read our booklet What Is the Kingdom of God?)
But the world of His day was not ready to receive His message.
When Christ comes, He will possess vast power to affect change of every kind. Some will at first resist Him. But He will force them to be happy, healthy, and prosperous, enjoying the abundant life. How ironic that human beings will have to be requiredâFORCED!âto accept and enjoy these conditions.
Later, we will examine that world in detailâincluding all who will be a part of it. We will learn how it will be governed. We will also understand how all the worldâs troubles, evils, and problems will vanishâwhy there will be no more insoluble problems, which today bring misery for most of humanity. But mankind will not produce or bring these things. All this will be done toânot byâmen!
We will learn how this will happen.
The Harsh Reality of Todayâs World
Before we can examine the exciting, thrilling, and truly wonderful world of tomorrow, we need to take a look at the harshâand painfulâreality of the world today. It is not a pretty picture.
Modern technology has resulted in breathtaking scientific, medical, and industrial advancements...
âŚwhile, at the same time, war, poverty, famine, disease and destruction have never been worse.
The world is filled with problems and troubles of every sortâdisease, pollution, poverty, ignorance, religious confusion, war, terrorism, crime, violence, hunger, immorality, slavery, oppression, political upheaval, and much more. The passing of time brings more problems, not less. Also, existing problems grow collectively worse instead of better. Why, at every turn, has mankind bungled and botched all efforts to solve its truly great problems?
We need to take a long, thorough look at what is wrong with this world, and why the crescendo of problems engulfing it is far beyond mankindâs ability to even successfully define and addressâlet alone solve.
People have never seemed less able to address and overcome their own personal problems. As with the world in general, individuals and families are drowning under an ever-greater sea of moral decadence and seemingly insurmountable difficulties. More and more people seem completely incapable of managing their lives.
Men have created many amazing technological inventions, but they cannot create solutions to worldwide problems. Mankind has harnessed the capability of computers to process vast amounts of information, but human beings cannot correctly process personal problems. Scientists have discovered much about the size, magnificence, and precision of the universe, but they cannot discover the way to peace. Astronomers can find majestic, beautiful new galaxies throughout the universe, but they cannot find a way to preserve the beauty and majesty of Earth. Scientists have also unleashed the power of the atom, but are powerless to unleash answers to lifeâs greatest questions. Educators have taught millions how to earn a living, but not how to live!
The well-known presidential historian and columnist Peggy Noonan summarized the complex, jumbled course that has been mankindâs history: âIn the long ribbon of history, life has been one long stained and tangled mess, full of famine, horror, war and disease. We must have thought we had it better because man had improved. But man doesnât really âimprove,â does he? Man is man. Human nature is human nature; the impulse to destroy coexists with the desire to build and create and make better.â
Menâs Governments Do Not Work
Again we ask: Why is the world filled with problems, evils and ills of every sort? Why is it in such a state of confusion and ignorance? How did it come to be this way? Why do menâs governments never permanently solve problems, but ratherâat bestâonly postpone ill effects, while at the same time creating new problems?
You may have supposed that the governments of modern nations reflect Godâs way. This is almost everyoneâs assumption. While God does, in fact, establish and remove nations, this is not His world. This is why Christ foretold the arrival of an all-powerful supergovernment to replace the confused, ineffective, inefficient governments of men, so powerless to solve any of the worldâs biggest problems.
Why cannot the governments of men get alongâavoid warâand find peace and agreement? Why is there constant instability, scandal, and division among leaders, and seemingly endless revolutions and military coups? Why is there no shortage of demagogues, dictators, and revolutionaries, always promising to make things better, yet only able to preside over a continual worsening of problems and conditions?
Look at the governments of this world. Generally speaking, there are three types todayâmonarchies, dictatorships, and democracies.
Monarchies involve nobilityâroyaltyâwhere bloodline is the key to succession of power. Through the death of a king or queen, a succeeding prince or princess ascends the throne. This can last for a few generations or many centuries. Generally, monarchies are eventually replaced, either violently or peacefully, with the king or queen permitted to retain minimal power.
Dictatorships and totalitarian governments are usually created through violence, by coup or revolution. They are often short-lived because something similarâor a democracyâquickly replaces them.
Democracies and republics are best described as collaborative, representative, or parliamentarian, in that officials and leaders are elected, representing âthe will of the people.â This involves a voting or balloting process in the selection of one candidate in preference to one or several others. This form is generally considered to be the best of mankindâs governments. Yet, the great twentieth-century British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, called democracy âthe worst form of governmentâexcept all [the] other[s].â This shows an amazing insight into how democracy really works, from an insiderâs view.
But as bad as democracy may be, it is far better than any other form of government in the hands of men. Democracy at least attempts to ensure more individual âfreedomsâ than other kinds of humanly devised government.
In the end, however, none of manâs governments work either very well or for very long. And, if the âbestâ of manâs forms of government is this badâand is ultimately always ineffective in resolving a countryâs largest problemsâthen where lies the answer to the great problems of civilization? How will they be permanently resolved so that the utopian world that writers, philosophers, politiciansâand the massesâlong for can become reality?
If crime is to stopâif poverty is to vanishâif war is to be goneâif disease is to be wiped outâif famine is to be eradicatedâif pollution is to ceaseâif ignorance is to disappearâif religious confusion is to be removedâthere must be a reason. The cause or causes of these things must be identified, and removed, before all the good effects prophesied for tomorrow can replace the widespread bad effects of today.
All the governments of men have utterly failed mankind. They have not removed the bad effects plaguing the world.
Food, Water, Pollution, and Population
Consider some of the terrible conditions on Earth today, which are predicted to grow far worse by the year 2050âshould events remain uncheckedâand if mankind survives for that long!
Many of the following statistics come from the United Nationsâ Statistics Division. They make for sobering reading.
Throughout history, men have been oppressed by corrupt, power-hungry dictators.
The world population has more than tripled in the last seventy years, to over 7 billion. It has more than doubled since 1960, and is predicted to reach between 9.3 and 10.9 billion by 2050. The forty-eight poorest, least-developed nations will actually triple to a population of nearly two billion. This worldwide population growth will bring staggering problems!
Just 2.5 percent of the Earthâs water is fresh. Only 20 percent of this (or 0.5 percent) is accessible ground or surface water. Current population needs consume 54 percent of this available water. By 2050, it will need 90 percentâbecause the Earth grows by 80 million additional people annually (requiring an amount of water equivalent to the mighty Rhine River every year). Also, developing countries dump, untreated, 90-95 percent of sewage and 70 percent of industrial waste into surface waters. Population growth guarantees that this problem will only grow worse. In addition, chemical runoff from fertilizers, pesticides, and acid rain effectively ruin water quality, making it unusable. Some experts predict the world will also completely run out of usable drinking water by 2050.
Take a moment to consider this final staggering thought!
Population growth continues to outpace food production. There are 800 million people who are chronically malnourished and two billion who lack âfood security.â Only 15 crop species provide 90 percent of the worldâs food, yet it is estimated that 60,000 different plant species could reach extinction by just 2025! Yet, by that year, the projected eight billion inhabitants of Earth will require twice todayâs food needs, with greatly improved distribution, to eradicate hunger. But few experts see this as remotely possible.
Each day, 160,000 people move from rural areas to cities. This is happening fastest in under-developed countries. Naturally, enormous problems are resulting from sanitation, overcrowding, lack of access to modern health services, and the inability of schools to absorb the increase of students.
Fully 60 percent of all disease on Earth is sanitation-related. Air pollution kills nearly 3 million people in developing countries alone every year, with poor sanitation killing another 12 million each year! Various forms of indoor air pollution affect over 3 billion people a year and kill 3.2 million. Changes in climate are also altering the zones of risk for insect-borne diseases. New and more virulent diseases are appearing or reappearing. Many bacteria are proving to be drug-resistant because of the ongoing over-prescribing of antibiotics.
Todayâs world is full of overcrowded, smog-filled cities. Pollution, drought and dwindling, contaminated water supplies are all leading to manâs final hour.
Some problems predicted for the future? Limited and diminishing arable land, deforestation, urbanization, shrinking size of family farms, degradation of the land, shortages and degradation of water, irrigation problems, waste buildup, greenhouse gases and changes of climate, greater intensity and frequency of severe weather, causing flooding and loss of crops, and the permanent loss of certain types of crops. Together, they spell untold calamity, and even catastrophe, for a mankind unprepared to solve these and many other problems.
While the world is suffering from âinformation overload,â none of that overload is truly addressing the number and complexity of mankindâs growing list of insoluble problems. Even with all of his creative ingenuity and intelligence, man cannot solve the most important problems that threaten his very existence on an Earth that he is systematically destroying.
Limits to Growth
There have been studies seeking to determine how fast, how farâand how bigâthe population of humanity can grow before it, or the Earth, can no longer support it.
Thomas R. Malthus, an early nineteenth century economist, considered three factors as the primary âcorrection factorsâ of populationâwar, famine and disease. Malthus predicted eventual disaster because the world population would eventually outrun the food supply. Many of his modern disciples maintain that this rendezvous with disaster has intensified, due to the increased population growth rate. Much of this acceleration is due to the use of vaccinations and antibiotics, which have reduced the effect of diseases, thus âexacerbatingâ the population bomb.
The âMalthusian Specter,â as this dilemma is known, is an ever-increasing grim reality. Two publications (The Limits to Growth and Mankind at the Turning Point) spelled out a number of computer models that extended existing trends throughout the twenty-first century. The models were based on five variables: (1) population, (2) food production, (3) industrialization, (4) pollution, and (5) consumption of non-renewable natural resources.
Even without the complications and effects of a major war or disastrous weather patterns, these models consistently projected a virtual collapse of civilization by the middle of the twenty-first centuryâaround the year 2050!
Among the critics of these findings were such wild optimists as Dr. Herman Kahn of the Hudson Institute of New York. Kahn predicted an incredible utopia for the near future in which the industrialized world would enjoy more leisure than ever before. He did acknowledge that idleness would spawn more social unrest and possibly more drug use. Though he had confidence that infrastructure problems, such as pollution, disease, and water supply, would be reduced by technology, he had no answers for enormous social dilemmas.
Concerning food production for the exploding population, Kahn, in his book, The Next 200 Years, stated, âFood will be extracted from almost any organic matter, including wood, leaves, cellulose, petroleum, and even agricultural waste.â He was even confident that technology would ensure that starvation could be averted.
But consider the price to be paid in food qualityâif what he said would even be possible. Kahn added, âThere will be no scarcity of food in the next 200 years. If output from conventional farming isnât sufficient, let âem eat waste.â
Incredible! One can only wonder what type of existence such âoptimistsâ have in store for the quality of life in their utopia.
While strongly criticizing Malthusâs students and their computer models, the optimists labeled them as âdoomsayers.â However, as Kahnâs predictions demonstrate, such optimists are removed from realityâand even rational thought. Yet the world has generally ignored warnings to the contrary. Keep in mind that the âdoomsayersâ simply provided information for computers to process, also hoping for a favorable result. The optimists ignore these warnings and label the computersâ programs as âpessimistic.â Although the conditions remain more threatening than ever, it is just not politically correct to express, or even suggest, pessimism.
No matter what human beings choose to believe, the time bomb, threatening all human life, continues to tick. The delicate balance of numerous dangerous factors is so fragile that just a major war could spell doom for manâs survival. In Matthew 24:22, Christ warned of the grave threat of war to human existence mostly by weapons of mass destruction. But there is a much broader dimension to the threat to human existence than just surviving a catastrophic war. After 6,000 years of man going his own way, humanity has approached the brink of extinction on several fronts. Overpopulation, coupled with worldwide pollution, famine, and resulting disease epidemics, carries the potential to wipe out all of humanityâand leave Earth a dead planet!
Next, we consider the most dangerous catalyst given us by science and technologyâwarfare. This is widely used by the nations of todayâs world and characterizes how men seek results through the use of devastating destruction.
The Constant of War
The horror of war has wracked the world for thousands of years. Its fruits are terror, destruction, economic upheaval, orphaned children, population displacement, widespread devastation of the land, atrocities of every kind, hunger, disease, untold suffering, misery, despair, injuries, death, and even genocide. All these yield even greater hatred and revenge, endless retaliation, and more warâbecause nothing is ever permanently resolved through military conflict.
Yet, no one has ever been able to properly address and remove the specter of war.
Ever since Cain killed Abel (Gen. 4), human history has been a chronicle of war. What began as family or tribal disagreements later developed into conflicts between nations. The one-sided conflict between Cain and Abel was motivated by jealousy and contempt. And so have been the agendas of virtually all nations throughout history.
Also, long-standing ethnic, tribal, and religious differences, coupled with boundary disputes and outright aggression to seize the land or property of others, always served to fuel the next war fought between the same peoples or nations.
This means that war has at least indirectly affected all nations in every period of history. Many countries have made war and conquest their primary means of livelihoodânot just a means of defense or protection. Those nations that chose not to actively pursue military conflict had to at least expend much time, money, and effort to protect themselvesâsometimes having to âbuyâ peace, by paying tribute to powers that could have dominated them.
Manâs creative abilities, coupled with world tension, lust and greed, have led to the amassing of a sophisticated arsenal of superweapons.
In the mid-1960s, a Norwegian statistician programmed a computer to count all of the wars through the 6,000 years of mankindâs history. The conclusion was that 14,531 wars had been fought. This was merely the number of known and recorded wars. How many more were not? And consider that this was several decades ago. Countless hundreds moreâeither between or within nationsâhave been fought since then. Of course, this does not count the endless stream of terrorist acts, such as suicide (homicide) bombings, commando raids, and other assaultsâand now serial snipersâwhich occur in so-called undeclared wars.
Incredible new weapons technology has forever altered the face of war. âSmartâ bombs, which are laser-guided to bring precision and efficiency to the art of killing, have replaced many types of âdumbâ bombs. Military scientists have also developed cluster bombs, called âdaisy cuttersâ because they cut down large numbers of human beings like a lawnmower cuts grass. Also, there are new bombs called âbunker bustersâ that can penetrate deep into the Earth in pursuit of enemies hiding in caves, before detonating and killing the inhabitants.
More and better precision-guided missiles are also continually appearing. But these are nothing compared to the defensive missiles, called âkill vehicles,â that are now reported to be âloiteringâ in outer space awaiting a signal to seek and destroy, regarding any nuclear launch that needs to be knocked out soon after missiles containing warheads have become airborne.
Various highly sophisticated and incredibly lethal attack aircraft now existâhelicopters, jets, bombers, and gunshipsâthat have brought conventional warfare to a pinnacle of destructive capability never before known. Large, precision, satellite-guided bombs have gigantic âkill zonesâ of more than a thousand yards. Then there is the so-called âMOAB,â or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (also known in the military as the âMother of All Bombsâ) that is a conventional bomb, which creates almost the same blast effect as a small nuclear weapon. Of course, all of these kill and maim indiscriminately. So this can sometimes involve âfriendly fireâ casualties, in which oneâs own troops are hit. This is generally considered to be âacceptable and necessary collateral damage.â
Modern military thinkers and strategists are now forced to think and talk in terms of protection from, or utilization of, âweapons of mass destruction.â The killing capability of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and now radiological, or âdirty bombs,â are almost indescribably horrible. Yet these weapons are now apparently in the hands of unstable countries and regimes, that may not be fully capable of controlling their use or safeguarding their inventory.
This is why the famous American General, Douglas MacArthur, declared, âMen since the beginning of time have sought peaceâŚMilitary alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance.
âIf we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.â
Bear in mind that this âlast chanceâ speech was given well over fifty years ago!
Since that time, wars have continued to flourish. Men and nations have sought to justify this state of affairs through rationalizing and moralizing about the âinevitabilityâ and ânecessityâ of going to war. While political hawks and doves argue endlessly about war and peaceâand demonstrations, protests, and debates mountânone consider that mankind does not know the way to peace (Isa. 59:8; Rom. 3:17).
At the same time, listening to theologians and religious leaders ignore Godâs Word and debate the definition of a âjust warâ becomes a study in confusion, blindness, and deceit. There is no such thing as a âjust war.â All war is horrible. But these never-ending debates do reflect mankindâs belief that he can âfix the worldâ through various programs that never work in the end.
As a result, humanity has entered the final countdown to World War III!
Famine in the Developed World
No discussion of war is complete without examining the conditions that inevitably follow in its wake. The biggest is famineâand it now stalks much of the world. While not the only reason, the aftermath of war is one of the biggest causes.
So far-reaching are the effects of modern civilization on the environment that industrial, residential, and transportation pollution have begun to affect Earthâs weather patternsâand thus increase the prospect of famine. Persistent droughts, in critical areas of underdeveloped and overpopulated nations, bring horrible famines. The fragile ecosystem of a struggling Earth is threatened by these trends.
Silently, ominously, the specter of famine has spread in the past century. So far, this has primarily occurred in second- and third-world countries. Technology and manâs best innovative efforts have not stemmed the tide. More than ever, famine looms over every nation because men and governments ignore the causes.
Consider the demographic distribution of the U.S. populationâpast and present. Ninety-five percent of the original American colonists lived on farms. Today, less than one percent of the U.S. population is farmers and ranchers. Facts suggest this number will continue to shrink.
Recognize this. The large supermarket retailers only carry a three- to four-day inventory on their shelves. During blizzards and ice storms, people invariably empty the shelves in one day. Imagine what will happen when terrible upheaval or panic strikes in the wake of future wide-scale disasters.
Famines are not generally classified as a sudden disaster, but rather a drawn-out process. Slow-moving drought is and has always been the most common cause. But wide-scale famine often occurs in the wake of war.
Starvation affects human beings in a profoundly different way than do other catastrophes. The deprivation of needed nutrients lowers the natural immunity and increases susceptibility to diseases. Psychological effects include fear, uncertainty, and dependency, which can escalate on both individual and collective levels.
When people are faced with the impending threat of starvation, they almost always become aggressive, and usually fiercely so. Casualties tend to be losers of a furious battle for survival, rather than passive victims who simply gave in.
The Threat of Diseases and Epidemics
Science once believed that it could control and conquer disease. But, again, new diseases are emerging and older ones, such as tuberculosis and diphtheria, are rapidly mutating into antibiotic-resistant forms. The medical world is quickly losing its main weapon in the war against disease. Hardly a week passes without reports of new disease outbreaks somewhere in the world. The danger is greatest in underdeveloped nations, where poor sanitation, war, overcrowding, and poverty spawn epidemics.
Cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and malaria are still rampant. Add to this the more recent arrivals of such threats as the Ebola virus, Hantavirus, E. coli bacteria, salmonella bacteria, West Nile virus, Avian Flu, Mad Cow disease, and growing numbers of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacterial âsuperbugs.â Then add to this list the dangerous bacteria spread by biological warfare and terrorism. While the strains causing the most concern are Anthrax and Smallpox, these are far from the only possible disease epidemics on the horizon.
Also, many cultures treat disease through the eyes of entrenched, pervasive superstition. Consider South Africa, where the HIV virus is a rampant epidemic. Witch doctors tell people that having sex with a virgin is the only way to purge the virus from oneâs system. Millions believe them and many attempt to carry it out. Babies have become the safest and surest choice for such âpurging.â In just one case, ten adults used a single baby. This is but a tiny snapshot of what superstition causes today.
Just the threat of devastating epidemics is now probably more than civilization can bear. The worldâs resources have become stretched to the limit. At the end of 6,000 years of manâs rule, in which Satan is the real unseen ruler, civilizationâand Earth itselfâis nearing complete breakdown. Social values are rapidly unraveling and the population bomb is tickingâwhile optimists discuss an imaginary utopia!
Breakdown of the Family
Recent decades have seen an alarming increase in single-parent families, resulting in numerous additional social problems.
Next we examine the basic building block of any societyâthe family. In our search for some statistic to provide hope for civilization, we must examine the social fabric.
How stable are modern families? Solid family structure reliably predicts social stability. However, the absence of a solid family structure is a revealing indicator of impending social upheaval and instability. The following collection of statistics, facts, and trends reveals the patternâwith all too painful clarity. However shocking, this is only the tiniest thumbnail of available information:
- Almost 40 percent of married women and approximately 50 percent of married men in the United States commit adultery. Combined, these statistics indicate that, by extrapolation, perhaps up to 75 percent of marriages suffer at least one adulterous partnerâincredible by any standard. But the picture is actually worse than this because many couples no longer bother to marry and these âcheatâ on each other on top of the fact that they are practicing sex outside of marriage.
- It has been reported that only a small minority of Brazilians expect their spouses to remain faithful.
- Same-sex marriage is now legal in a growing number of countries.
- Compared to first marriages, remarriages are statistically much more likely to end in divorce during the first three to five years, and tend to be unstable, break up more often, and more quickly. In Canada, the rate is 50 percent in the first five years.
- A comprehensive study done on mental health in the United States showed divorcees being almost two times more likely to suffer from a mental illness than those who are married. Another study concluded that they are â6 to 10 times more likely to use inpatient psychiatric facilities and 4 to 5 times more likely to be clients in outpatient clinics.â
- Divorces in millions in Canada: 2000â1.88; 2007â2.22; 2017â2.66.
- The United States has one of the higher divorce rates in the worldâ3.2 per 1,000 people as of 2014. The Russian Federation has a divorce rate of 4.5, Denmark is 3.4 and Lithuania is 3.3 according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Family Database. Many more are cohabitingâfor example, in Sweden 29% of those age 20-34 are living with a partner.
The divorce-to-marriage ratio in the United States has approached the 50 percent range for the past decade. Though divorces have slightly declined in the same proportion as marriages have declined, this is only because of the huge increase in live-in relationships, which circumvent both marriage and divorce.
The Role of Media
Most experts agree that modern exposure to the media is perhaps the most detrimental influence. In much of the Western world, endless television programs belittle marriage, while openly promoting gay and lesbian relationships. Fornication and adultery are routinely portrayedâand endorsedâin virtually every heterosexual relationship. To think otherwise is to be considered woefully politically incorrect and unprogressive.
Take a moment. Think about todayâs movies and television programs. How long has it been since a series either promoted, or even endorsed, the concept of the wholesome families so common in the 1950s and 1960s?
Stigmas against divorce and âshacking upâ have basically vanished. So has the idea that marriage is a lifelong commitment. Most young adults have no real understanding of why past generations so strongly defended the family or why they held contempt for those who openly lived together unmarried. The fear of violating what were once deeply ingrained, biblically-based moral beliefs has almost disappeared in todayâs world.
Most modern psychologists and leaders, caught in the tailspin of degenerate and generally promiscuous practices, are quick to defend them by falling back on the modern clichĂŠ: âWho are you to condemn me? This is my lifestyle!â
Dr. James Billington, a former professor of history at Princeton University, has succinctly addressed this trend:
âLife itself in our public culture sometimes seems more a matter of style than substance. Hence the arrival of that dreadful word âlife-style.â
âIf life is just a matter of style, one is just as good as another; and one after another is no doubt best of all. But no one can live that way; and no society will long endure or even cohere without some basic moral standards. Sooner or later, if they are not found within, they will be imposed from without.â Dr. Billingtonâs implied day of reckoning cannot be far away.
Letâs examine more directly how social trends, mixed with negative media influences, have affected the modern generation. Media influence dominates the lives of youth with messages from Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and MTVâall glamorizing rebellious attitudes, immorality, and self-centeredness.
Consider the Internet: With a few clicks of a button, children can access web pages that promote every sick idea known to man. Photographs of twisted and perverted images are only seconds away.
Mass media has made this the age of instant gratification. Decadent television, awful degenerate music and music videos, sexually explicit movies, incredibly violent video games, and trendy, style-conscious teen magazines all deceive children into believing that they are the center of the universe. Children of this age are constantly bombarded with messages of selfishness, greed, and the âme firstâ attitude.
Here is a sampling of alarming statistics on a variety of subjects resulting from the media assault upon youth, coupled with the vulnerability of many coping with unstable home situations:
- Women whose parents have divorced have a 60 percent higher divorce rate than average; men whose parents divorce have a 35 percent higher rate.
- Children from divorced families drop out of school at more than twice the rate of those from intact families.
- Among teenage and adult females, parental divorce is linked to lower confidence, earlier sexual activity, greater delinquency, and difficulty establishing fulfilling, lasting adult heterosexual relationships. Yet the divorce usually occurred years before any difficulties were observed.
- A major indicator of potential teen suicideâan exploding problemâis parental divorce and living with only one parent.
- Most children watch a staggering 5,000-plus hours of television by the time they enter the first gradeâand will have watched over 19,000 hours by the end of high school. This is more time than they will have spent in class during all those same years!
- By age 18, a youth will have witnessed an astonishing 200,000 acts of violence on television, including 16,000 murders, and this number is climbing.
- âIn 2015â16, about 12 percent of public schools reported that cyberbullying had occurred among students at least once a week at school or away from schoolâ (National Center for Education Statistics).
- From July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, there were 47 school-associated violent deaths in the U.S. (including 28 homicides and 17 suicides).
- In the first 21 weeks of 2018, 23 school shootings occurredâan average of one shooting a week! These shootings caused the deaths of 26 students.
- Despite a decline in recent years, the United States has a higher teen birth rate than many other industrialized nationsâ209,809 born to girls ages 15-19 (in 2016).
- Another result of rampant immorality is that each year worldwide, about 15 percent of new HIV cases occur in people ages 15-19.
- Perhaps most horrible is that among the 20 million new STD cases that occur each year, almost half of them are among young people ages 15 to 24. The untold, absolutely incredible suffering this represents, coupled with such rampant, epidemic immorality, could only be described as a social holocaust!
Current social and immoral trends show no sign of reversal, but rather a worsening, with media leading the way. The emerging picture is one of a civilization completely incapable of providing nations and peoples with enough social stability to survive.
Any voice of reason is as âone crying in the wildernessâ against howling gale force winds. Such are denigrated as âvirtuecratsâ or âmorality policeâ hung up on old values and morals.
Exploding Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Another fallout from the deterioration of values is the specter of drug abuse. Worldwide, the United Nations World Drug Report 2017 estimated that as many as a quarter of a billion people are drug users. It was calculated that as a result of drug use, twenty-eight million âhealthyâ years of life were lost (includes disability and premature death). Substance abuse is truly a global phenomenon, with affluent nations the worst.
Despite the fact that the U.S. government spent $1.65 billion in 1982 on the war against drugs, and this amount increased annually to over $27.4 billion in 2017, the problem is still growing. In 2015, an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. population (age 12 and older) had used illegal drugs in the past month.
In addition to the mounting dilemma of drugs, the problems of alcohol are much more costly. In 2006, the alcohol problem cost the United States about $223.5 billion. This rose to $249 billion in 2010. Seventy-seven percent of this cost was due to binge drinking.
Alcohol is involved in nearly half of all traffic accidentsâand is involved in 40 percent of all violent crime. Every 50 minutes one person in the U.S. dies from a vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. As dramatic as these statistics sound, the worst part is that they are steadily climbing with no end in sight.
Society is being plagued by an ever-increasing crime problem. Not only is it a continual topic among news headlines, but the severity and inhumanity of criminal acts are also worsening. U.S. statistics alone show that in 2015 there was an aggravated assault every 41 seconds, a robbery every two minutes, a rape every four minutes, and a murder every 33 minutes. How long can such conditions existâand they are growing worseâbefore citizens are literally prisoners of fear in their own homes?
According to the World Bank Group, interpersonal violence is responsible for the deaths of a half a million people each year: âInterpersonal violence and political violence tend to be increasingly interrelated, particularly where institutions are weak and social norms have become tolerant of violenceâ (âConflict and Violence in the 21st Centuryâ).
Terrorism and the spreading epidemic of youth crime are two of the biggest issues amidst the worldâs growing social problems. New York City alone employs nearly 36,000 police officers in an effort to combat its escalating crime rate. They are losing the battle.
People seem to no longer consider the effects of their actions on others. Or they rationalize that their actions will have no adverse effects on othersâor that they themselves are victims. Many openly justify crimes of terror through the belief that any suffering they inflict on others is ultimately for good and merely an acceptable means to an end.
While statistics do indicate a drop in the overall U.S. crime rate in certain periods, (usually during economic boom times), such figures dwarf statistics as recent as forty years ago. Research has shown that murder rates would be five times higher if medical advances and emergency response had not improved dramatically. Now, all preliminary indications are that the actual murder rates are rising again. In fact, virtually all forms of crime are rising. Also, it is widely documented that many hundreds of immigrant gangs are now operating in the United States! Current studies also show that over two-thirds of the worldâs countries are rife with corruption.
Godâs Word shows that conditions will grow worse, resulting in a worldwide explosion of lawlessness. Matthew 24:3-12 describes a time of worldwide lawlessness (âiniquityâ) that parallels the time of Noah before the Flood (Matt. 24:37).
What were world conditions like at that time? Read this: âThe earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earthâ (Gen. 6:11-13).
The Magnet of Materialism
Meanwhile, the world stands aghast at the marvels of science and technology. Seen as virtual âsaviors,â many religiously trust in them as the deliverer from all of mankindâs problems and woes. Truly, many scientific and technological innovations have made many tasks far more efficient, while greatly increasing productivity. Many of these innovations have translated into more luxurious and efficient transportation, instant communication, greater convenience, and more âtoysâ for use in leisure time.
People today constantly seek more and greater pleasures instead of God (II Tim. 3:4).
But within the realm of technology, the shift toward materialism has been undeniable. Especially in the West, materialism has become an obsession for most. This obsession has led directly to the emergence of a modern mix of humanism (emphasis on oneâs interests and values) and hedonismâthe belief that happiness and enjoyment of the âhere and nowâ is the central purpose of life.
While anti-communist, the famous Russian author and philosopher, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, made some profound observations on Western trends and materialism. Here are some excerpts from his commencement address given at Harvard University in June 1978:
âI could not recommend your society in its present state as an ideal for the transformation of ours [former Soviet-led East]âŚThe Western system in its present state of spiritual exhaustion does not look attractive. A fact which cannot be disputed is the weakening of human beings in the West, while in the East they are becoming firmer and strongerâŚWe have been through a spiritual training far in advance of Western experience. Lifeâs complexity and mortal weight have produced stronger, deeper, and more interesting character than those generated by standardized Western well-being.â
âIf humanism were right in declaring that man is born only to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on Earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most out of them. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that oneâs life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it.â
âThe human soul longs for things higher, warmer and purer than those offered by todayâs mass living habits, introduced by the revolting invasion of publicity, by TV stupor and by intolerable music.â
What amazing insight into the materialism and spiritual bankruptcy gripping the Westâand this was said almost 30 years ago!
The direction of civilization is only partially influenced by governments, religion, and education. In the modern Western world, it appears that mediaâmovies and televisionâbear far more influence upon youth and the general population than the influence of government, religion, and education combined!
When the foundational reasons for human existence revolve around materialism, any civilization has almost run its course. The Westâand most of the rest of the worldâhas passed a point of no return. The signs are everywhere.
If a tree is known by its fruit, look at the fruits of modern education. They are: cynical skepticism, rejection of values, widespread immorality, drunkenness and endless partying, protests, focus on diversity, political correctness, and an emphasis on being âcoolâ and acceptedâand rebellion in generalâin place of acquiring necessary important knowledge.
Such a system is doomed!
The institutions of education spawn societyâs leaders. Most of the values that people hold were acquired during basic education. The Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition, defines education as âan attempt on the part of adult members of a human society to shape the development of the coming generation in accordance with its own ideals of life.â
The true ideals of life have been passed over by societies cut off from God. Plato, the Greek philosopher who founded the academic system, expressed the direct aim of education in terms based upon false pagan ideas. The injection of pagan thought has been integral to education for many generations.
Also, for centuries, the great universal religious system has strongly influenced education with additional pagan traditions. The world has always been dominated by forces that oppose the truth and the knowledge of God. Educators have duped generations into believing the evolutionary lie. Evolutionâessentially the explanation of a creation without a creatorâis taught throughout all the industrialized nations. Men would rather reject special creation and evidence of intelligent design, preferring the nonsensical, unprovenâactually disprovenâtheory of evolution. Increasingly, school systems require evolution to be taught, while tacitly permitting âcreationismâ to be mentioned.
This has caused generations to believe that mankind is continually evolving into a better and higher order of existence. Look around and you will see the fruits of the great deception. In fact, the whole world has been kept in darkness by these false teachings that contradict the truths of God.
Mankind is not evolving upwardâhe is degenerating downward, into worse and worse decadence and immorality!
One of the best statements about the failed, bankrupt education of this world was written by Professor Emeritus Donald M. Dozer of the University of California at Santa Barbara. It is from his article âEducational Humbuggeryâ:
âOurs is an age dominated by half-truths, and for this situation many causes can be found, not the least of which are attributable to the processes of higher education.
âAmerican universities have succumbed to the cult of faddism, sensationalism, and even vulgarism. New courses in scatology, whether masquerading as sociology, anthropology, or literature, have been given classroom platforms and respectabilityâŚAs students have become increasingly involved in curricular planning they have encouraged the idea that courses rich in content inhibit their creative impulses and represent an imposition upon them. This has led to the multiplication of colleges of creative studies, which might better be called colleges of undisciplined studies where lectures are eschewed as âbourgeoisâ and students educate themselves in ârapâ sessions.â
The greatest indictment of modern education is that moral teachings and character training have been left out of the curriculum of public schools and universities. Under the guise of separation of church and state, the BibleâGodâs Word to mankind about how to liveâis not open to discussion. It is lampooned, ridiculed, and rejected, and viewed at best as merely âHebrew and Greek literature.â
Modern education has not helped stabilize masses of youth under assault by the media and the mass disintegration of families. Without the traditional influence of unified, proper families, including the guidance of both parents and all grandparents, children lack even the basic moral compass that guided previous generations. Education stoutly refuses to address moral training.
Students in seminary schools and medical schools are taught to absorb the philosophy and practices, without question, of the system that is training them. To honestly question, or to demand proof of common assumptions, invites scorn and rejection. Loyalty to existing philosophy and the system in control is placed above integrity and ethics.
In addition, there is an urgent need for almost two million more teachers just to stem overcrowding in U.S. schools. What about the large standard size of many classrooms in other parts of the world?
The institutions producing the leaders of industry and society are poorly equipped to address the awesome challenges that face mankind. And, while the need has never been greater, real leaders with moral backbone have almost vanished.
Soon, God-hating, law-hating, truth-hating legislators of this world will no longer be able to label Godâs Word as âhate literatureâ because it condemns perverse, immoral conduct.
Modern education is now corrupting its last generationâand religion has done little or nothing to stop it!
Since the extended family no longer grounds, trains, and supports youth, and modern education has failed to stand in the gap, it would seem that religion would fill the void. But it also has failed mankind for millennia. The world is deceived by all its forms of religion. None of the religions of the world have shown the way to peace, happiness, abundance, and prosperity. None have solved humanityâs problems!
Think of the so-called âgreat religionsâ of the worldâIslam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Confucianism, and Shintoism. Even the most cursory review of the countries where they are practiced is a litany of the worldâs worst problemsâignorance, abject poverty, superstition, terrible degeneration, debasement of women, violence and civil war, resulting famine and disease, suffering, misery, and despair.
These could hardly be described as offering the promise of utopiaâthe coming of a better world. Rather, they are a picture, and even a study, of the awfulness of mankindâs attempts to solve its own problems.
However, professing Christianity has most influenced the world! But this Christianity is a counterfeitâwith teachings diametrically opposite those of its founder, Jesus Christ!
For nearly 2,000 years, counterfeit Christianity has seduced most of the world. Its system is well-organized and well-establishedâand appears to be of God, with roots supposedly going back to the original apostles. Any counterfeit has to appear genuine to the average onlooker. This substitute Christianity, in fact, doesâuntil one looks beyond the faĂ§ade. But most never investigate below the surface.
Speaking of the fruits of this worldâs Christianity, as it has been affected by modern education, a Methodist bishop said, âWe who are to overcome the world have been overcome by the world.â Another senior religious leader said, âWe churchmen are gifted at changing wine into waterâwatering down religion.â
The world is also deceived about how false Christianity has persecuted true Christianityâthe Church where those preparing to rule with Christ are trained. Tens of thousands have been imprisoned, tortured and killed for practicing the true teachings of Christ.
This is not Godâs world. It is cut off from Him and held hostage by an unseen superkidnapper. All of mankind has been deceived into believing the soothing words of this great captor, thinking themselves better off under his care and leadership. I speak of Satan the devil and his hijacking, 6,000 years ago, of Adam and Eve and all the inhabitants of planet Earth ever after! But the world has remained his willing captive.
Another Look at Democracy
We saw that in the end none of manâs forms of government work either very well or for very long. Yet most democratic leaders believe that the spread of their form of governmentâdemocracyâis crucial to solving the worldâs problems and bringing freedom, abundance, and happiness to all.
Is this true?
The following statement shows the pattern of how democracies deteriorate. These astonishing quotes, disputably attributed to Alexander Tytler (circa late 1700s), pertain to the fall of the Athenian republic but apply to the ailing democracies of this modern age:
âA democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [money] from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the worldâs great civilizations has been two hundred years.â
âGreat nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.â
If true, this means modern democracies will soon return to bondage. While all governments of men promise âpie in the sky,â they are filled with graft, corruption, immorality, and every form of deception. Most Americans have seen this demonstrated in recent decades from the very highest offices in the country.
Manmade Utopia Possible?
Do men possess the capacity to design and build a utopia? Considering the worldâs rapidly deteriorating condition, the question seems ridiculous. Understand. A manmade utopia is not in the making. Manâs efforts to bring about such utopias have always failed. But we should still ask the questionâand consider one such effort.
The English reformer, Robert Owen, was internationally renowned for his amazing success in efficiently managing textile mills. In 1825, he came to the United States to conduct a social experiment in an area he renamed âNew Harmony,â Indiana. He felt that by providing all able-bodied workers with challenging, fulfilling, and enjoyable work, a utopian society would emerge. His community was carefully balanced between his textile mill, agriculture, and various services. He attempted to cover all bases in this costly experiment.
Since Owen was hostile toward religion, he based his utopia solely on secular principles. He was also familiar with the ideas of Plato and other philosophers, and incorporated some into his own theory.
Owenâs formula for utopia only considered physical requirements. It ignored spiritual and moral guidelines. As always, human nature appeared. Rivalries, friction, and poor cooperation with associates plagued the experiment, forcing its abandonment within two years. Owen returned to England, concluding that human natureâand contentious human relationsâblocked any hope of cooperation. While Owen recognized that human nature stood in the way, neither he nor any philosopher could find a formula to modify it.
Human philosophers may talk about utopia, but they cannot make it a reality. It is not within the power of men to bring peace, happiness, prosperity, and all the good things of life.
The Great âEither/Orâ
Many futurists believe that the world is accelerating toward a dizzying, kaleidoscopic array of constantly-improving, labor-saving devices, faster transportation, efficient forms of energy, better machines, and endless forms of recreation and pleasureâand toward a reduced work week of three days!
They live in a dreamworld. Their ability to blind themselves to the hard, cold realities of the world around them is practically an art form. They have developed the âskillâ of being able to ignore the grim truth of mankindâs real plight and replace it with the hoped-for world of the four âLsâ of liberty, leisure, luxury, and license!
While many may think they would enjoy a life of constant pleasure and leisure, others recognize that this would be a world filled with every conceivable form of escapism. Idleness and ease would be exposed as an enemy, instead of a friend. This is because many people who lack purpose for being and the fulfillment of production would turn to drugs, alcohol, and even worse decadence and immorality.
And, with insurmountable problems facing vast segments of mankind, how could a few countries of the West enjoy a continually greater âlap of luxury,â while the rest of the underdeveloped world remained content to live short, miserable lives, having lacked the barest necessities? How would this work?
The world has grown too small for this to be remotely possible. There is no push-button dreamworld on the horizon, unless it is the danger of world leaders pushing buttons controlling the modern weapons of mass destructionâand the âdreamâ is man fulfilling his worst nightmare!
Today, more and more scientists and world leaders are concerned about whether mankind has a future. They recognize the terrible potential of the worldâs worst weapons. And, as U.S. President George W. Bush expressed, increasingly the âworldâs worst weaponsâ are becoming available toâand may fall into the hands ofâthe âworldâs worst leaders.â
This dangerous reality is a truly frightening prospect!
Which picture is true? Famous philosopher, Aldous Huxley, expressed mankindâs great âeither/orâ future this way: âMost prophecy tends to oscillate between an extreme of gloom and the wildest optimism! The world, according to one set of seers, is headed for disaster; according to the other, the world is destinedâwithin a generation or twoâto become a kind of gigantic Disneyland, in which the human race will find perpetual happiness playing with an endless assortment of ever more ingenious mechanical toys.â
Science can put men on the moon but it is completely incapable of putting peace, happiness, and prosperity on Earth. These are all beyond its reach. The plain truth is that the stark reality of world conditions points toward gloom and disaster, not last-minute victory snatched from the jaws of defeatâand credited to science.
There will be a last-minute victory, but it will come from God instead of the very men who have brought near destruction upon themselves.
What Does God Say?
We have examined the opinions (and fruits) of menâreligionists, scientists, educators, futurists, and experts of every sort. None has, or ever will, hold the answers to the worldâs question of survival!
Yet, if we are to survive, mankindâs questions demand answers. We have seen that civilization cannot continue forever as it is. Leaders have defaulted on their responsibility. Religion has remained spiritually bankrupt. Education now occurs in a moral vacuum. Families no longer provide even the most basic stability. The worldâs institutions are breaking down, exposing themselves as complete failures.
Something must happen. Big changes have to occur. Reality thunders that worldwide calamity lies just over the horizon!
Of course, the great Creator Godâwho made the heavens, the Earth, and man!âholds the answers. They are revealed in His Word. This is what we must examine. This is where we will find understanding. This is where we will learn how tomorrowâs wonderful worldâthe true promised utopiaâwill come!
But first we must deeply understand the ultimate CAUSE of this worldâs insoluble problems. We must learn WHY the world is in the terrible mess that it is!