”Open a newspaper these days, or listen to the radio or TV, and invariably you get the impression of trouble. Our world is torn by strife - strife between political parties, strife between ethnic factions, strife between nations. The world is also beset by the problems of hunger, pollution, violence, crime, drug abuse and mental stress. And looming over all is the threat of economic crisis, as the ‘under-developed nations’ owe billions of dollars they cannot repay.”
”But one feature above all others reveals the hopelessness of the world’s condition. For the human race is divided into nations, all insisting on preserving their distinct identity; and within nations religious and racial groups compete with one another - or indulge in outright conflict. Cries of peace are matched with strident calls for war.”
“And yet there is hope. From the beginning the Bible has foreseen that human life on earth will create a world problem demanding a world solution. And the Bible tells us that mankind has been given power to control world affairs only for a limited time, and that when ‘the time of the end’ comes, control of the world will be taken out of the hands of men.”
Extracts from: Hope for a Hopeless World.