XтАв 2 cents How to Enjoy Your Religion тАвтАв тАв тАв тАЮo0,044,тАЮтАЮтАЮтАЮ: тАв oo. "History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy."тАФGarfield. PAGEANT of PROPHECY "We have also a more sure word of prophecy."-2 Peter 1:19. Because of the hundreds of Bible texts dealing prophetically with our troubled days, THESE TIMES presents this feature. Further information on any item may be obtained by writing the editor. APOCALYPTIC MUNITIONS. The following essay girst appeared in Jerusalem, monthly organ of the Messianic Jewish Movement. Two egregious characteristics of the movement are the emphasis on the soon coming of Christ and the high intellectual quality of those within it who write for it. Gerard Opitz, Messianic Jewish leader, who believes the Book of Revelation to be the history of our times, writes: "Among the clear affirmations of Scripture is the declaration that the history of humanity, before the return of the Lord, will end in great catastrophic judgments. Thus we read in Luke 21:26, 'Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.' "The present time is full of the noise of war-preparations, of anguish which modern warfare provokes, of possible defense, and the like. What is most surprising is that all prominent in public life and all military leaders in both East and West look for no good to come from such a war. There will be neither victor nor vanquished, only survivors. "Is not that extraordinary? Is it not an indication that heads of nations, as well as individuals, have lost free will? They seem to be delivered to a chain of events contrary to their will. They are obliged to bring about that which all agree will be nought else than destruction. Does this not witness that they are on the way to judgment? "The Eternal God is preparing days for a new and terrible judgment of humanity. "What is this anguish, this strange anxiety, which agitates the hearts of men today: Have there not always been wars and preparation for wars? "Yes, but what is new today is [the foregleam of the fulfillment of the prophecy] the saying, 'The stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken' (Matt. 2)4:29). "According to my understanding of Scripture, these passages have a specific meaning for our time. What are the powers of heaven? They are forces which up to now have not acted on our earthly sphere but which are active in the stars, in our sun, in a word, in the radiation of heavenly bodies. These forces, these reserves of energy, are called nuclear energy, that is, they result from the mutation of atoms into other atoms--for our sun the mutation of helium into hydrogen. "The characteristics of these mutations is that the energy liberated by them is infinitely greater than that of the sources of energy hitherto known on earth. Comparison of energy liberated by atomic fission with explosives of World War I (trinitrotoluol) is commonly made. Weight being equal, the fission of uranium liberates a million times more. And these modifications of atom structure are accompanied with effects absolutely new to our terrestrial world. "We find in the Bible accounts of many consequences of atomic activity which, as I understand it, describe with great clearness what is impending. The reason for the fear which has taken hold of hearts today appears to be grounded on the fact that mutations in atoms, up to our time exterior to terrestrial space, can by the acceleration of neutrons reach our planet. They will engender artificial stars which, on falling to earth, will liberate power for destruction hitherto unknown. "Further such 'stars' will be accompanied by parallel manifestations such as the penetrating power of gamma rays and the harmful effects of clouds of isotopes, not to speak of destruction by fire, by melting, by vaporization, by tempests of flame. When (Continued on page 30) 2 THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 APRIL, 1955 No. 4 VOL. 64 * * RODNEY E. FINNEY Editor - Associate Editor - KENNETH J. HOLLAND Editor, Braille Edition CLAUDE W. DEGERING Circulation Manager - - IRVIN H. hum Art Director - - - ROBERT M. ELDRIDGE * * * Established in 1891. Published monthly (except September, when semimonthly) by the Southern Publishing Association, 2119 Twenty-fourth Avenue, North, Nashville 8, Tennessee. Entered as second-class matter January 19, 1909, at the post office in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A., under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, and authorized July 11, 1918. A publication of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. * Rates: 25 cents a copy, and $2.00 a year, in the United States. Rates higher for other countries. * Change of Address: Please give both the old and the new addresses. * Expiration: Unless renewed in advance, the magazine stops at the expiration date shown on the wrapper. Member of Associated Church Press Served by the Religious News Service * Special Features How to Enjoy Your ReligionтАФEdwin R. Thiele . . Does Sincerity Ensure Salvation?тАФBernard P. Foote What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?тАФAnonymous . . Real Estate for SaleтАФInez Stone Carr A Hopeful People in a Hopeless World тАФFrancis D. Nichol White as SnowтАФArnold V. Wallenkampf . . . . The Year Time EndedтАФErnest Reed Be Glad You Don't Know It AllтАФCharlie W. Shedd Is World Security Possible?тАФCarlyle 13. Haynes Moving Sermons Is Ignorance Bliss?тАФMiriam Tripp Earthly Pretender or Heavenly Potentate? тАФRobert FL Pierson 4 7 12 13 14 17 20 23 24 28 30 31 Regular Departments Pageant of Prophecy Under the Gourd Vine Events of These Times Interpreting These Times Happy Homes Let's Ask the Doctor God's Two Books Please Explain 2 3 10 18 26 27 34 35 Poetry Another ChanceтАФGrace R. Ballard WorshipтАФGrace Madelon Frame Our Hope Lies Not in WeaponsтАФReid Crowell 8 9 22 The Cover Artfully attired Shirley Betts does not forget her Bible as she starts to church. Photo by H. Lambert. THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Is Anybody Listening? NLY the other day it happened again. I was talking into my dictaphone when I happened to look at the place where the O recording plastic was supposed to be, and found that I had forgotten to put a fresh one on. So I had to back up and start over. I had done the same thing before with worse results, for after one has dictated for a long time, it is difficult to remember what has been said. It can be exasperating. This got me to thinking about the horrible facility with which we humans today "express" ourselves. With film and wire and tape and wax and type, we can catch the fleeting word or thought and render it imperishable, physically speaking, and multiply it infinitely. The difficulty that I have occasionally with my dictating machine is avoided on some models by a little buzzer which sounds if the machine is not really recording. As soon as one presses the switch and starts to talk without the machine recording, the buzzer begins an insistent, staccato reminder that it is not listening. It might be a good thing if people could carry around some sort of automatic warning such as this. Even we preachers. Then if we just set ourselves to talking and left ourselves running, the buzzer would sound, "Nobody listening." It would be hard on us, though. Suppose after the introduction to a sermon, when a preacher had gotten well into the body of it, carried along by the intoxicating sound of his own voice, one of these infernal machines would sound off with, "Nobody listening," or worse still, "Nobody saying anything." There would likely be a good deal more sweat developed in the minister's studies, with a vast improvement in his sermons. This machine would be particularly deadly at conventions and conferences. I can think of many people it could be turned loose on, devastatingly. Me too, probably. Getting back to the facility with which we make records of thought and what passes for thought these days, one wonders whether the influence of this development on literature has been good or not. Take the "Gettysburg Address," for instance. Wonder how the "Gettysburg Address" would have turned out if it had been spoken into a machine instead of composed by Lincoln with pen and ink? Try paring it down sometime, and you will find out what I mean. The Bible wonderfully demonstrates how sublimely brief great truths can be. Imagine a news commentator trying to tape a description of the creation of the world so that it would go into a page and a quarter of type. Or the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in forty-three words. There is no better place than the Bible to go to find the blessing of brevity; and after we have read, we can understand how Job felt when he said, "Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not." Job 42:3. And there is another thing I would like to point out. . . . But wait a moment; I think I hear a buzzer! *** 3 The author, a college professor of religion, has found complete inward satisfaction and joy in his relationship with God. In this article he points the way to happiness and tells A. DEVANEY 4 THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 By Edwin B. Thiele +',10Y YOUR RELIG1011 OES RELIGION make people happy or unhappy? Is it a matter of cheer and joy, or of dejection, discomfort, and pain? That all depends upon the individual and upon, his religion. True religion is a matter of joy and gladness, not of vexation, sorrow, and distress. It brings peace instead of conflict, faith instead of suspicion, hope instead of despondency, and smiles instead of tears. To me religion is the most important thing in life. Nothing else brings me so much of courage, assurance, comfort, and cheer. In fact I cannot conceive how it would be possible, for me to be truly happy and at peace with myself and the world without religion. Apart from my religious convictions life would be without meaning or purpose, without heart or spirit, without sunshine or hope. Without religion I would be without God, and without God human existence would be without the basic element of love, for God Himself is love. Without religion we would be without life, for life proceeds from God. He is the great I AM, who was before the worlds were made and who brought all other life into being. It is He who created man and the world in which he lives. Without God there would be no world and no men to inhabit it. It is from God that all life proceeds, and it is by His power that the universe is enabled to exist. Without the life that God bequeathed to man, all that now lives would return to the dust from which it was taken. For this reason I rejoice in the thought of God as the world's Creator and Sustainer, as man's Guide and Keeper. Since man is living in a world in which death and decay are the common lot of all, it is a particular comfort to know that there is a God who inhabits eternity, and whose will it is that life for him be not temporary but eternal. D THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Does death descend on all mankind? Yet the hour is coming when those who sleep in the dust will hear the voice of God and will live again. It is because Jesus is the resurrection and the life that this corruptible flesh may someday put on incorruption and this mortal may put on immortality. My religion teaches me that God is not only a God of life but also a God of love. Love is an instinct placed within the heart of man by his loving Father above. Without God there would be no love. The world today has little of love because it has little of God. And what can bring to us any greater joy and peace than love? The only true religion is a religion of love. "What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8. And what is the most important requirement in religion as well as in life? "Thou shalt love the Lord thv God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:3740. When the church and the world come to understand this as the only meaning of true religion, they will have discovered the basic secret of peace, tranquillity, and joy. I enjoy my religion because it is a religion of love. I cannot be truly happy unless I love my fellow men and unless they manifest a spirit of love toward me. My religion teaches me to love my neighbors, and it teaches them to love me, and in such a manifestation of mutual love I cannot but be happy and at peace with the world about me. My religion also teaches me to love God, and it assures me that God loves me. In this latter I am particularly happy, because God first loved me before I knew Him, and it was His love that drew me to Him and kindled love within my heart. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." 1 John 3:1; 4:10, 11. In these words are found the essence of all religion and the basic secret of all happiness and joy upon the face of the earth. When I understand that God is the very embodiment of mercy and love, I have no difficulty in being at peace with the present and in facing the future with confidence and courage. With the affairs of the universe in the hands of a God of such infinite love, all must and will yet be well. It brings joy to my heart when I think of God and understand that He loves me and that He is my friend. It brings peace to my soul when I understand that everything that God does for me is for my greatest good. When He created the world, He made it perfect. The Garden of Eden was for man a perfect abode because it came from the hands of a perfect God. Its birds and flowers and streams, its sunshine and hills and its trees, its delicious fruits, noble rivers, lovely lakes, majestic mountains, and glorious sunsets were to make happy the heart of man and to cause his soul to rejoice at the wonderful love and handiwork of God. Is there now darkness and sadness in the world about me? My religion helps me to understand that God did not will it so, and that pain and sickness and woe do not proceed from Him. God gives life and beauty and laughter, but it is the enemy of man and God who is 5 the author of sorrow and death. God gave man peace and tranquillity, but it was the enemy who brought in strife and contention. God gave men faith and confidence and joy, but it was the evil one who sowed seeds of hate, discord, and fear. It is my enemy and yours who is the enemy of God and the enemy of peace and of righteousness. My religion teaches me that in the great conflict now going on between right and wrong, between the forces of good and the hosts of evil, God will eventually triumph, and with that triumph will come the victory of truth over error, of magnanimity over greed, of justice over oppres- sion, and of light over darkness. Facing the world with such a faith and looking toward the future with such a hope, I can be happy indeed with my present lot in life, and I can face tomorrow with courage and joy. With such a faith in God and in His wisdom, power, and love, my fears and perplexities leave me, and I am ready to trust my all to Him. I know that beyond the clouds of the present is the sunshine of an eternal tomorrow; beyond the sorrows, disappointments, and woes of this present world are the certain joys and peace of that new world of righteousness which, according to His promise, is being prepared for all who love FRANKLIN BOOTH, ARTIST Surpassing the range of all human imagination will be the pure joys the redeemed will experience in the land of never-ending bliss. But even in this life, in spite of problems and perplexities, a satisfying foretaste of the happiness of heaven may fill each believer's heart. 6 Him and are willing to entrust their all to Him. Tomorrow will bring a brighter day and a better world. This I know because God so wills it, and as He purposes, so will it come to pass. "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. . . . They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. . . . The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock; and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, saith the Lord." Isaiah 65:17-19, 22-25. This, according to the Word of God, is a picture of the world as it soon will be when recreated in righteousness. And this, according to my religion, is the future that I am looking forward to. Serving such a God today, I find my religion a matter of true joy. Looking forward to such a future, I find the keenest of delight as I contemplate its glories and beauties. I love to think of the fact that the universe is governed not by a God of hate but by a God of love, a God who takes the keenest delight in bringing happiness to the hearts of His children. There can be only happiness in a world governed by such a God, only joy and peace in the hearts of a people who serve such a Lord. As there is only one Lord and Master who rules over the universe, so there is only one true religion, and that is the religion that acknowledges Him. In that religion is to be found the world's only way to true happiness and peace. If men know God and follow Him, if they understand His ways and walk in them, if they are acquainted with His plans and purposes, for themselves and the world in which they live, there will be joy and peace in the hearts of all. Do you enjoy your religion? You will and I will to the extent that God becomes real to us, that His purposes become clear, and that we walk in His ways. *** THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 By Bernard P. Foote We often hear the remark, "He's a sincere Christian." But religiously speaking, what does the word "sincere" really mean and, most important, Nog Sincerity Ensure Salvation? RE WE тАФ \(1u and 1 тАФ completely sincere in our religious beliefs? And even if we are, does that ensure our salvation? Are we capable of judging the quality of our own sincerity? And if we think so, then by what standardтАФ our church, our community, our own wishful thinking, or some other? It is impossible to be a true Christian without perfect sincerity. The Apostle Paul's last words to the Ephesians were these: "Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen." Ephesians 6:24. God asked His people in ancient times to "serve Him in sincerity and in truth." (Joshua 24:14.) That is a requirement upon all who hope to go to heaven, just as much so now as it was then, nearly 3,400 years ago. Sincerity, like faith, must have a substantial foundation, or it is of little value. Like conscience, also, sincerity must be educated along right lines. Sincerity cannot stand alone; it must have propsтАФreasons for its existence. It cannot stand still; it constantly leads one forward and upward. It demands action, growth, and improvement as knowledge increases. It compels us to accept and THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 act upon even, new ray of light that comes to us. Sincerity requires the constant making of right choices and following them through to the best of our knowledge and ability. It is much better for us to do something, even if it is only partly right, than to do nothing for fear of making a mistake. It is better to start for a high goal, even though we stumble and fall, than never to start at all. Some of the best Christians have been those who have made many mistakes, but have profited by them because they were sincere. H. M. LAMBERT 7 Saul of Tarsus was a great man and absolutely sincere before he was converted, but he was nonetheless wrong. He thought he was doing God service by persecuting the Christians. Persecution is always wrong; but because Saul was sincere, Christ went to the trouble of performing a miracle to convert him. (Acts 9:1-18.) Then his name was changed to Paul, and he became probably the greatest missionary of all time. The Apostle Peter was sincere, but he made many mistakes. He was impulsive. (John 18:10.) He was overconfident in himself. (Luke 22:33.) He was boastful. (Mark 14:29.) He was selfish. (Matthew 19:27.) He was disloyal to his Master. (Mark 14:66-68.) He cursed and swore. (Mark 14:70, 71.) He lied. (Matthew 26:69, 70.) He was entirely wrong on one of the great doctrines of the gospel, and Paul had to rebuke him publicly. (Galatians 2:11-14.) In fact, after more than three years of close association with Jesus, Peter was still unconverted until the night before the crucifixion. There are more blunders recorded against Peter than against any of the other disciplesтАФeven Judas. The Lord rebuked him severely time and again, once even saying to him, "Get thee behind Me, Satan!" Matthew 16:22, 23. If a man like Peter could be converted, "born again," and become "a new creature" after all those sins and mistakes, is there not hope for us now, just before the end of time and the beginning of eternity? Every true conversion means a complete transformation, being "born again" into a new and better life. The principal difference between Peter and Judas when they made their greatest mistake was that Judas "went and hanged himself" (Matthew 27:5), whereas Peter went out and repentedтАФ "wept bitterly" (Matthew 26:75). Peter's sincerity and his deep love for his Master carried him through this painful experience. The process of being truly "born again" is always a painful one, either on the part of the individual himself or of someone else in his behalf. Often the Lord permits serious illness or accident to befall a person in order to give him a chance to think things through to a correct conclusion. Many people think sincerity is everythingтАФthat it does not matter what we believe or do if we are sincere in it. They think God will accept our sincerity, even if we are wrong. The natural tendency of such a belief is to cause us to put forth little or no effort to make sure we are right. We are in serious danger of becoming so engrossed in "the 8 cares of this life" (Luke 21:34, 35) that we fail to "prove" our sincerity. Whenever two doctrines conflict, true sincerity demands that we consider the evidence on which both are founded, and accept the one which has the most credible evidence in its favor, even if it is unpopularтАФwhich nearly all true doctrines are and always have been. (2 Thessalonians 2:7; 1 John 2:18; 4:3.) True sincerity is as much a matter of the mind as it is of the heart. It requires us to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18. That was Peter's final admonition in his last epistle to all professing Christians, whether in his day or since. True sincerity demands that we do our own thinking and make our own decisions as to our own duty. Unless we prove a truth for ourselves, it is not our Jnotlle'i Chance Did I forget today some kindly word Or actтАФthat might, To someone have deferred Their griefтАФor sense of loneliness? Did I neglect to see The bitter circumstance, Which needed only somebody to care To turn to joy? Forgive my selfishness; Dear LordтАФhear Thou my prayerтАФ Give me another chance. тАФGrace R. Ballard. own. We cannot be really sincere while depending on othersтАФno matter how wise or good or highly educated they may seem to beтАФto tell us what we must or must not believe or do. To be truly sincere, we must have our own beliefs and be able to "give a reason" for our own hope. If we are unable to give a good reason, it is quite possible our faith and hope may be vain. God inspired Paul to advise us, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21. "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves." 2 Corinthians 13:5. It should be noted here that the Bible approves only "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Ephesians 4:5. There are various ways in which I can test or "prove" the quality of my sincerity. For instance, would I promptly turn from my church and join another if I were convinced that the other is better? If not, then I do not love God "in sincerity and in truth." I must not love my church better than the Word of God. If my friends of other religious persuasions offer me good evidence that their church is the best in the world, and I refuse to study and carefully evaluate that evidence, that too is a sure sign of insincerity, waywardness, a closed mind. Can I properly judge the sincerity of my belief in my own religious doctrines by the number of other people who hold the same beliefsтАФor by the length of time those doctrines have been advocated by others? Certainly not! History proves that by far the great majority of people have always been wrong in religious matters. Paul predicted that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." 2 Timothy 3:13. He also warned of a power that would come "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:10.) He said that the time would come when people would "not endure sound doctrine" but would "turn away their ears from the truth" and be "turned unto fables." (2 Timothy 4:3, 4.) That apostasy brought on the Dark Ages, from the effects of which the world is still suffering, in spite of great scientific progress. Can I be truly sincere if I permit my church leaders to surround me with an "iron curtain" by saying, "You must believe what we tell you, and disbelieve everything else"? A powerful secret society was organized in Europe more than four hundred years ago, one of whose requirements wasтАФand still isтАФthat if Your superior says black is white, you must believe black is white. However, if we are lost, our "superiors" will not come forward in the great day of judgment and offer themselves for punishment in our place for having caused us to accept even one false doctrine or persistently to disobey even one of God's commandments. They will be unable to save themselves from punishment, to say nothing of helping the tens, hundreds, thousands, or millions they have deceived. Many people who consider themselves Christians avoid going to churches other than their own, or even talking to their friends about religion, apparently for fear they might learn of some new duty which might "upset" their present way of life. But should we not want our way of life upset if it is leading us in the wrong direction? True sincerity makes one a missionary. He wants to help others to understand and accept his faith, because he THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 honestly believes it is the best of all, and he wants to share it with as many as possible. On the other hand, if others can prove to him that they have something better, he must, if he is sincere, accept it thankfully. Too many people are "hiding their light." Perhaps they are not sure that what they have is the best there is, so they say nothing about it; or perhaps their leaders have ordered them not to talk about their doctrines, fearing they would be unable to prove them, and therefore be tempted to study their foundation and find it weakтАФor entirely absent. If that is the situation, it is an evidence of insincerity on the part of the leaders. Suppose some of my good friends and neighbors of other religious persuasions were to see me asleep in a boat, floating rapidly down toward the brink of Niagara Falls. Would they not make all the noise they could in an effort to warn me before it was too late? Of course they would! They would be desperately in earnest about it, and some, I feel sure, would not hesitate to risk their own temporal lives if they thought there was a chance of saving mine. But suppose those same dear friends and neighborsтАФsincere in believing their own doctrines are the best in the worldтАФ see me floating down the stream of life on what they must believe to be a flimsy raft of doctrines which will surely sink me into eternal separation from God if I continue on my present course. Will they do anything to warn me? Probably not, because they fear it might hurt my feelings to discover I had been wrong. Or can it be that they say nothing because they think I am sincere in my beliefs and that sincerity will save me, regardless of the doctrines I believe? If we are truly sincere in our own faith, must we not lovingly do everything in our power to help our friends and neighbors to see all important doctrines as we see them? Or doesn't it make any difference what they believe, as long as they are sincere? Do we suffer intense mental and spiritual agony when we see our friends giving their assent to doctrines which we believe with all our heart, mind, and soul, after long and careful and prayerful study, are entirely contrary to God's commandments and the principles of the greatest science in the worldтАФthe science of salvation? If not, are we sincere in our own beliefs? Have we proved them in the depths of our own mind and heart and soul beyond the shadow of a doubt? And can we depend upon either our heart or our mind alone? God warns, THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." Jeremiah 17:9, 10. The mind is above the heart and should control it; but the mind must have properfood upon which to make its decisions, or it too can lead us astray. The world is full of extremely dangerous and deceptive teachingsтАФ"doctrines of devils." (1 Timothy 4:1.) See also Revelation 18:2, 4. Satan started his downward career in heaven by deceiving a third of the angels (Revelation 12:4, 7-9); and he has had about six thousand years of experience in deceiving each generation since thenтАФall except "the very elect." The Bible is positively our only safe original source of faith and morals тАФ hundreds of thousands of apparently sincere, well-educated religious leaders to the contrary notwithstanding. Worship Dear Lord, I would not worship Thee Just when the church bells ring. . . . But every hour of every day I would Thy praises sing. I would not wait for Sabbath morn To go to church and pray, But let my prayers bear fruit of deeds As I pass on my way. тАФGrace Madelon Frame. Suppose I sincerely believe that the world is flat. Nearly everyoneтАФhierarchy and laityтАФbelieved that theory during many hundreds of years of the Dark Ages of superstition and mental and spiritual stagnation; but that did not make it so. God had indicated in His Word as far back as 712 B.C. that the earth is circular. (Isaiah 40:22.) Can it be that many religious superstitions and false doctrines came into existence just before and during the Dark Ages, when the fate of civilization was hanging in the balanceтАФand that they have not yet been corrected тАФ doctrines in which many millions of people still sincerely believe? Yes, it not only can be true, but, sad to say, it is true, beyond any shadow of doubt. In fact hundreds of millions of people still believe many doctrines which are absolutely contrary to the plain teaching of the Word of God, and they permit their leaders to surround them with an almost impenetrable "iron curtain" which holds within it all of those "Dark Age" doctrines and keeps out most of the "increase of knowledge" (Daniel 12:4) of Bible doctrines and prophecies that has developed during the past hundred and fifty years. Suppose you and I were in a group exploring a huge cave down in the depths of the earth, and we all got lostтАФ and then our lights went out. Think how carefully we would search for a wav up and out! And suppose one of us saw a little ray of light. How happy all would be to follow that little ray up to the full light of day! This world is in "gross darkness" (Isaiah 60:2), and the only way out of it is up, as we sincerely follow all the little rays of light that come to us, until we reach the full light of the true gospel of Christ. To persist in refusing to follow every ray of light which God in His mercy sends to us comes perilously close to being the unpardonable sin. We would surely be able to recognize light above a dark cave if our temporal lives depended on it. Why can we not always recognize spiritual light? Is it because we have been in the "gross darkness" of this world so long that we have lost the ability to seeтАФas do fish in dark caves? There must be some reliable standard by which we can judge our own motives and beliefs, other than the say-so of any man or any group of men, any church, or any nation. There is such a standard, and it is the inspired, infallible, unchanged, and unchangeable printed Word of God as interpreted by that Word itself when all the principal texts on each subject are brought together and compared. The Holy Spirit was the means through which the Bible was brought into existence, and the Holy Spirit will never lead any individual or any church contrary to the Bible. We must take God at His Word; if we do not, we accuse Him of insincerity or of inability to make known His truth in the Guidebook which He inspired and which He has protected down through the ages in spite of all the efforts of men and devils to destroy it during the Dark Ages and to discredit it now. Yes, sincerity is of tremendous importance; true Christian sincerity demands that every habit, thought, word, deed, and doctrine be regulated by the Word of God, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17.) True Bible doctrines are the same today as the day they were first written. They were good enough for Christ and the apostles; they should be good enough for all who desire to spend eternity in heaven and the wonderful new earth, which is to be a *** worldwide Garden of Eden. 9 love for those who disagree with us. The only way we will be able to keep on preaching our consciences on live issues is to show a genuine love for all our hearers, regardless of whether they agree with us." OF THESE TIMES Bible Balloon Barrage Code for Christian Clergymen Hoping to raise $100,000 in this country and an equal sum abroad, evangelist Billy James Hargis, sponsored by the International Council of Christian Churches, is planning to make 1955 "the biggest year in the Bible balloon project's history." In the previous biennium 30,000 balloons carrying 163,000 Bible portions penetrated the Iron Curtain. Threatened Soviet reprisals notwithstanding, the U.S. government is not interfering with this unique evangelistic venture. Addressing the local ministerial association, a Sheboygan (Wisconsin) pastor recently made some significant remarks concerning ministerial ethics: "Jealousy is the minister's outstanding sin. We're not greedy, gluttonous, licentious, or a bunch of drunkards. But because the sins of the flesh are so infrequent among ministers, sometimes we forget how badly we sin against the spirit. . . . "For instance, pity the poor pastor who can't stand to have his predecessor preach in his pulpit for fear he will steal some of the glory. Long-standing enmities have developed from situations like this. "We often transgress in our preaching and public utterances. We are the only people who can stand up once a week and say what we want as long as we want to, without contradiction. "Now I believe a minister should state his convictions forcefully from the pulpit, but sometimes we do it without Christ for Korea "The Radio Voice of Christian Korea," HLKY, is that nation's first privately owned and operated broadcasting station. Directed by Rev. Otto DeCamp, a Presbyterian missionary, the station beams religious programs to free South Korea as well as beyond the thirtyeighth parallel. The National Christian Council of Korea and several American missionary groups are co-operating. Moslems and Minorities Joshua Fazluddin, chairman of Pakistan's Christian Constitutional Committee, recently demanded that three seats in the nation's seventy-member Constituent Assembly be allocated to members of his faith. Pakistan has 550,000 Christians and 75,000,000 Moslems, but the latter are not at all eager to accord representation to other persuasions. Their attitude is perhaps best exemplified in their demand that the Koran be taught in the Christian schools of the country. This has led at least one mission society to declare that it would rather close down its educational system than accede to such a plan. The Worm and the Weary He had no very unusual problem, that Michigan biology professor, but a very unusual solution. His four-year-old boy, Kim, had a hard time keeping still in church, so his daddy solved the problem with the help of a tomato worm. At the beginning of the service he placed the worm on the bottom of Kim's jacket, and the worm of course began to crawl up. As could be expected of the son of a biologist, young Kim watched with fascination. When the worm got to the lad's shoulder, the professor picked him up and placed him again at the bottom of Kim's jacket. After fourteen trips of the worm, time came for the benediction. There had not been a quieter person in the whole auditorium than Kim. Mental Health and the Mennonites A mental hospital intended to serve the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois is being contemplated by a fourteen-member committee of Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish churches which is surveying the mental health needs and facilities in that area. Should the plans materialize, it will be the fourth such institution established by the central committee of these three denominations. The others are located at Hagerstown, Maryland; Newton, Kansas; and Reedley, California. Noted in Passing RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE PHOTO A group of Korean children are presenting 3,000 hwan (about $5.00), enough to maintain a fifteen-minute program, to Kim Chae Bok, a Methodist elder and manager of station HLKY. 10 Five carloads of rice donated by churches, schools, and millers in Louisiana for the Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) reached Korea earlier THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 this year. . . . The released-time religious education program in New York City is widening its outreach: there were 109,672 students participating in December, 1953, but 111,957 a year later. . . . A round-the-world evangelistic good-will tour, as well as a full-scale metropolitan campaign in New York City', is in the offing for Billy Graham. A crusade in America's largest city would have been undertaken years ago had there not been disagreements among the sponsors. Graham is also hoping to play a personal part in carrying the gospel behind the Iron Curtain. . . . A Greek Orthodox church in Minneapolis is planning to erect and lease a supermarket as a means of obtaining additional funds, the construction to begin this spring. . . . The French hierarchy has released an impassioned blast against the activities of Protestant "sects." . . . Tanganyika Lutherans are being called upon by their church to "take a firmer stand" against alcohol. . . . Subject to final approval this spring, Southern Baptists are mapping a crusade for Christian morality. It will feature such themes as the foundation of morality, honesty, clean living, abstinence from beverage alcohol, and civic righteousness. . . . Rather than sign the controversial state loyalty oath which assures churches of tax exemption, a Unitarian congregation in California has decided to pay more than $2,200 a year. . . . Some 1,500 ministers and laymen participated in a demonstration in front of the state parliament in Sydney, Australia, earlier this winter in protest against a proposed liquor act extending the sale of alcoholic beverages. . . . Disputes between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and the Argentine government are the order of RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE PHOTO Symbolizing how church members carry their influence to the whole world, these footsteps were painted during a missions festival held at a Presbyterian church in Long Beach. THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 DIET DEFICIENCY тАв I EAT HEARTILY AND WELL... THAT COULDN'T BE ME! тАвтАв Yi d ,i44┬░.wVr ┬░MAN 00TH NOT LIVE BY BREAD ONLY, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE LORD DOTH MAN LIVE.'" DEC/7: 8.3 IIAMM the day in the number one nation of Latin America. . . . Nearly four million pilgrims journeyed to the famous shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France during the Marian Year of 1954, half a million of them having come from foreign countries. . . . The Evangelical Church in East Germany has warned parents that it will not dedicate children who have participated in the Communist-sponsored youth dedication ceremonies.... An Amish bishop of Virginia has called upon his people throughout the country to comply with the national school and draft laws. Several Amish parents had been fined for refusing to send their children to school after fourteen, and there had also been friction between Amish young men and draft boards. . . . A training school for colporteurs in Latin America is being planned by the American Bible Society. The continent last year absorbed 65 per cent of the society's distribution outside the U.S. . . . The year 1954 witnessed the birth of 4,100,000 babies in America, more than in any previous \ Statisticians claim that the nation is well on its way to a 220,000,000 population by 1975. . . . According to Bishop Fulton Sheen, 71 per cent of the money available to the Vatican for missionary purposes comes from the United States. . . . All the 259 popes will appear on Panama postage stamps to be issued within the next eight years. . . . FBI statistics reveal an 8.4 per cent increase in the number of crimes committed during the first six months of 1954 as compared with the previous year. The urban crime rate jumped 7.2 per cent, whereas rural areas showed an increase of 11.9 per ccnt. . . . Dr. Gerhard Jacobi, Lutheran bishop of Oldenburg, Germany, in a recent front-page article in his church paper discussed the challenge to the world's Christians to evangelize the inhabitants of other worlds should space travel become a reality. . . . A radio station on Formosa is now beaming 292 hours of gospel programs to the Chinese *** mainland. 11 A True Story From the Wild Regions of Africa. Anonymous HIS WORK of giving the message of salvation to the world costs something. Those who cannot go must give. And it costs something to those who go. It has cost me something. My mind goes back to those days before I went to the wild regions north of the Zambesi to open the Barotseland Mission. When at home on furlough, I visited some churches and pleaded with the members for money enough to put up a house in that new field, that we might keep the mosquitoes out, so we could go on with our work there. Some said, "You don't need very much money in the mission field. You ought to go out there and live much as the natives do, in the same kind of house they live in." We did not get the money we needed, but we went ahead and answered the call of God just the same. I built a little mud house with a thatched roof, and we used to put the mosquito net over the holes we called windows; but the white ants would cut the net, and the mosquitoes would come in. Then we tried putting the net over the bed; but the white ants would eat holes in it just the same, and the mosquitoes would come in, and we took sick of malaria. More than this, our mud house could not withstand the tropical rains. I had gone away on a trip to some of the villages and expected to be back at home T 12 before the rain commenced. But the rain came a few days before we had expected it. The heavy downpour beat against the clay walls of the house. My wife awoke, and being anxious for the safety of our baby girl, went over and picked her up and took her into her own bed. She had just done so when the side of the house, moistened by rain, fell in, piling dirt and mud all over the child's bed. The awful shock of that night and the malaria were more than my wife could endure. I arrived home about two days later, and she said, "Harry, I am tired. It seems that I have no more energy left." I said to her, "Go down to the coast and stay during the wet season." But she said, "No, I cannot leave you." A little while after that, one night, she awakened and said, "Harry, I am chilly." I arose and put hot bricks and hot water bottles around her, but they seemed to do little good. She shook violently for an hour and a half. Then came the dreaded blackwater fever. I sat by her bedside that Friday and until the next Sunday morning without sleep. Sunday night I put cold applications over her heart, and that frail heart would beat once, twice, and stop, and I did not know whether it would ever start again. We had no doctor. It was too far to send for a physician; and even had he been called, the expense was far greater than our meager funds would bear. I took my little girl in my arms and said, "Naomi, I am sorry to tell you that I do not know whether mamma will wake up when you wake up in the morning." The little girl went to her bed, and I heard her pleading with God to spare her mother. God heard our prayers. ACME PHOTO Neither physical achievements nor intellectual attainments are the measure of man, but the extent to which the love of Jesus radiates from the heart and inspires to service and sacrifice. THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Monday I put my dear wife in a hammock, carried her to the railway line, flagged the train, put her in the coach, and took her to the hospital. There she became a little better. After we had been there two weeks, the doctor said I must take her to the coast, that she must get out of that country. I took her to the train, and we started the 1,600 miles to the coast where we could get help. When we got to Kimberley, we went to the home of our friends the Wilsons. There my wife got a little rest. On Tuesday she felt a little better. We have only one train a week there. She called me into her room Wednesday afternoon as she lay on her bed, and said, "Harry, I want you to take that train tonight and go back to the mission." I said, "Wife, I cannot do it. I promised you I would stay with you until death shoulc1 part us." "But," she said, "I do not need you now. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are good nurses. I have good doctors here. But there are those sheep of ours. There are those boys and girls we have gathered to the mission station. Who will take care of them?" I said, "I cannot do it." Then she lifted herself up on her elbow with the little strength she had, and said, "Harry, you must do it." With a heavy heart I packed up my things and took the train back to the mission. My wife went to the Cape Town Sanitarium a month later, and there skilled and kind hands ministered to her needs. At that time it was eighteen miles from the mission station to the post office. I sent a native boy there every time the mail train came up, once a week, to get my letter. The train came in the night, and he could not return until morning, for the lions were too dangerous. The next morning I used to watch the path for him. One morning the boy came back with the usual letter, and with two telegrams. I opened the first. It said, "Your wife has had a relapse of blackwater fever." Then I opened the other and read: "Your wife passed away yesterday with the blackwater fever. Buried this afternoon. Sorry." Our little girl was there alone when her mother died. Stricken with grief, she saw the casket lowered into the grave. It seemed that she could not give up her mother. She sprang to the side of the grave and cried, "Oh, mamma, why have you left me alone in the world?" When my wife knew she had no chance to live, she sent me word, THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 "Take care of Naomi; stay by the mission and make it all we have planned, under God, it should be." I have tried to give the child an education. A short time ago, when I saw her at college, and said good-by to her, she said, "Papa, do you know where you will see me the next time? It will be back there at old Table Mountain, the entrance into Africa." She wants to go back to help finish the work for which her brave mother gave her life. I have given my money, my strength, my wife, and I intend to give the rest of my poor self to finish the work that God has given me to do. Will you not ask yourself this question, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" [This poignant, true story of foreign service was written by a Seventh-day Adventist missionary, who prefers to retain his anonymity.тАФEnrrons.]*** тАв .:1111101MIlliE sAut4Y- Real Estate for Sale__) By Inez Slorie Carr T HE DISAPPEARANCE of Eluge- ground passages for treasure storage. lab, an atoll in the Marshall Islands There are protective measures for air, of the Pacific, has increased the value, sea, and land; but now all such is as in many minds, of real estate of both thistledown before a March wind when country and city homes in the new the H-bomb explodes. earth and in the New Jerusalem. Where can we look for protection? The skyscrapers of Manhattan and The psalmist asks and answers that the real estate in Los Angeles and Chi- question: "From whence cometh my cago have lost a bit of glamour and help? My help cometh from the Lord, glitter in the recent death of an island which made heaven and earth." "For now lying 175 feet below the ocean vain is the help of man." Psalm 121:1, surface because of a man-made experi- 2; 108:12. It has ever been thus, but it takes an H-bomb to emphasize it today. ment. The real estate in the earth made new The H-bomb has a way of raising thoughts as well as a mushroom radio- is the same price it has always been, but active cloud. A cloud thirty-two times the real estate here is not going to be as high as the Empire State Building, worth giving away when Jesus arises to with a one-hundred-mile spread in two shake terribly the earth. It will be minutes' time, is not a thing of beauty thrown to the moles and the bats. when one realizes how much real estate (Isaiah 2:19, 20.) A home that will never need the excould disappear in that interval. It becomes more serious when one pense of the termite exterminator or prothinks of millions of people, as well as tection from quakes or wars or H-bombs тАФa home that is a mansion, a palace islands, disappearing. Man has sunk foundations deep to with golden streets in front of itтАФis fortify against earthquakes and has offered free to every individual. The raised walls high to block flood destruc- only price is willingness to accept the tion. Man has set concrete thick to with- "Come" invitation found in the precious *** stand hostile invasion and laid under- Guidebook. 13 Hopeful People it STARTLING thing has happened. Scientists who formerly predicted a bright future for our world, now speak of fiery doom impending. Christian ministers who so recently prophesied a peaceful millennium, now speak of the end of the world. And their doleful forecasts simply make vocal the feelings of all thoughtful men today. So striking has been the change in thinking on the part of scientists that a word of explanation needs to be made. Our modern age has been marked by the growth of scientific activity and discovery, with the result that the world has seemed to become increasingly better and more livable. Men have looked to scientists as virtually the new messiahs who would produce an ever better world. Scientists themselves, especially after Darwin had set forth his views on evolution in 1859, talked confidently of world progress. Their faith in the future was almost unbounded. But two world wars, followed by the blinding light of the weird and terrifying atomic age, have shaken scientists to their very depths. In place of confidence is fear; in place of the idea of world progress is the dreadful thought of world destruction. In fact by the close of the second World War such a sense of impending doom took hold of the atomic scientists that they set out on an organized campaign to arouse the country to a realization that world disaster, total and final, lay ahead if some means were not discovered to put atomic energy under peaceful legislative controls. They started a monthly journal, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, to set forth their views. On the cover of each issue is a clock with the hands pointing within a few minutes of midnight. Looking back over five years of campaigning, the editor of the Bulletin wrote that they had failed in their endeavors to place the atomic bomb under bounds. In the 14 HARRY ANDER ,O, ARTIST Looking back on hundreds of fulfilled prophecies, the student of God's Word can look forward with renewed courage and know that the great climax of the agesтАФ the literal, personal return of ChristтАФis very near. January, 1950, issue he said, "What then have we to show for five years of effort, except the relief of having 'spoken and saved our souls'тАФand the doubtful satisfaction of having been right in our gloomy predictions." It was the nuclear physicists that coined the phrase "minutes to midnight" to describe the perilous state of the world. The Bulletin is, of course, ever hopeful that some solution will be found. But it dolefully confesses that now there is "no place to hide" from the threatened disaster that could easily close earth's history. So much in explanation of the events that have changed scientists in one short generation from being the messiahs of a bright new age to being the prophets of doom and fiery annihilation. The change in thinking on the part of the great majority of the clergy is THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 a Hopeless World By Francis D. Nichol Two world wars, with their revelation of the inherent evil in men, and the rise of the atomic threat have caused clergymen and scientists alike to question the "progress" of mankind. In the midst of the confused thinking about the future of the world has arisen a movement with the Bible answer. equally startling. But we must go a little farther back to find the explanation. It may come as a surprise to some to learn that from the beginning of Christianity until our very modern times, virtually all Christian people believed that earth's history would be brought to a dramatic close by the second advent of Christ to destroy the wicked and to take the righteous to glory. But Darwin's theory of evolution seemed to prove that the world and every living thing upon it had been endlessly progressing from the dim ages of the past and would undoubtedly continue to progress onward and upward in the ages that lay ahead. In time the clergy began to accept the theory, because they wished to square their thinking with that of the scientists. Was not science proving daily that it had the key to the secrets of nature and could transform the world? But the story of the clergy's acceptance of the evolution theory, and related scientific views, is the story of a revolution in Christian beliefs. If the world has been constantly progressing toward a more perfect state, there is no place for the Bible record of an original perfect creation. And if this earth and man upon it have been thus progressing, and will continue to progress into the endless ages ahead, what reason could there be for a second coming of Christ and an end to the world? Furthermore, both creation and the second advent are miracles, and scientists dogmatically declared that miracles do not happen. It is easy, then, to see why those of the clergy who began to adjust their beliefs to scientific theories soon began THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 to doubt the Bible account of creation, at the beginning of time, and the second advent, at the end of time. It is easy also to see how they came to believe and to preach that the future was bright and hopeful, and that ere long we would have a kind of heaven on earth. By early twentieth century this mood and viewpoint controlled the thinking of the great majority of the clergy. In fact, virtually all educated people had rather come to the conclusion that the wars and tragedies of all the past centuries were at an end, and that soon this world of ours would be the best of all possible worlds on which to live. Why trouble to look beyond? But the two world wars, with their revelation of the appalling evil in man, and the atomic age, with its frightful threat of extinction, have shaken the clergy even as they have shaken the scientists and others. The bright dream of the future was lost somewhere in the smoke of battle. Perhaps the world is not progressing! Perhaps there could be an end to earth's history! The revolution in religious thinking is well illustrated by a statement made in 1946 by the Provisional Committee of the World Council of Churches. Here are the opening lines: "The world today stands between life and death. Men's hopes of a better world have not been fulfilled. . . . The nations seem impotent to deal with the crucial problems of international order." Then follow these ominous words: "The time is short. Man's triumph in the release of atomic energy threatens his destruction. Unless men's whole outlook is changed, our civilization will perish."тАФChristian Century, March 27, 1946. Now, the Christian religion is a religion of hope. That is why the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches made the doctrine of the second advent, the hope of the church in past ages, a central topic of discussion. That is how important the subject of the advent has become. But right here a strange fact stands out. As already stated, most churchmen today have squared their theology with scientific premises. Chief among these is that miracles can lot happen. But the second advent is a miracle. Hence churchmen are caught betwixt a desire to take hold of the hopeful doctrine of the advent and a refusal to surrender scientific premises. The result has been that they speak only in the vaguest language regarding the advent. The Bible presents the second advent as the climax to a great plan of God for our earth, a plan that began with the creation of a perfect world and ends with Christ's return to save His own and to recreate this earth as a perfect abode for righteous men. What is more, the Bible presents the second advent doctrine in the context of great Bible prophecies that make it possible to know that Christ's coming is "near, even at the doors." (Matthew 24:33.) Now, when men reject creation, they remove the foundation of the plan. If they do not give credence to the prophecies, they may be sure with the scientists that the time is "minutes to midnight," but they will have no grounds for believing that God's new day is about to dawn for the righteous. The very vagueness of the revived preaching of the second advent is clear proof that there is something wrong with the re15 lated beliefs of those who have now begun to preach it, and also clear proof that in such a desperate day as this there is need that someone speak with certainty concerning the future of our world. That brings us naturally to another remarkable development of our modern times. Right in mid-nineteenth century тАФwhen scientists, clergy, and educated men in general were beginning to accept the evolution theory and to adopt the heaven-on-earth doctrine that banished the second adventтАФa unique religious movement started. That movement was marked by its study of Bible prophecies. It declared that those prophecies revealed that the world had entered what the Bible describes as "the time of the end," and "the last days." And so the movement proclaimed, through its ministers and its publications, that there lay ahead for the world, not increasing progress and betterment, but increasing wickedness, wars and distress, and finally the daczling light of the literal, personal second advent of Christ to bring a sudden end to all evil. At first few took notice of the movement, except to remark that its forecasts were incredible, wholly contrary to the views held by all the learned. Further comment seemed superfluous. Surely the scientists, statesmen, educators, and the leading clergy could not all be wrong regarding the future. That was why many people often laughed at the beliefs of this movement. But no one laughs today, and for evident reasons. The very kind of troubled world that the movement forecastтАФon the basis of Bible prophecyтАФ is now here. That is a simple statement of fact. But that fact immediately raises a most important question that no serious-minded person will seek to evade: If this movement so accurately described in advance the unexpected happenings of our day, might it not have dependable spiritual guidance for men in the dark, unknown days ahead? The name of the movement? Seventhday Adventist. Central to the beliefs of this religious bodyтАФwhich now numbers almost a million throughout the worldтАФ is the conviction that God foretold its rise and commissioned it to preach to all men the great truth of the second coming of Christ. We who are Seventhday Adventists believe that it was part of the divine plan that the movement should begin to preach in advance of the world events that could validate its forecasts. Thus no one could say that we read into dark and mysterious Bible prophecies the events happening around 16 us. The Fact that we preached in advance of the events, and that the events have taken place, provides compelling proof that our message for men is true. We are by nature no better and no wiser than others. This we emphatically record to remove the personal element from this important question before us. Our only hope of salvation is found in God's mercy and grace; our only wisdom comes from a study of the Book of God. But we solemnly believe that what God has graciously opened before us from His Book, especially its prophetic parts, we are duty bound to share with others. Our goal is not to go to heaven alone, but to take as many with us as possible. * * * JUDGED God does not give character; He gives only time. He does not give results, but only opportunities. At the end of life we shall not be asked how much pleasure we had while we lived our earthly allotment, but how much service we gave to it. Not how full it was of success, but how full it was of sacrifice. Not how much happiness we experienced, but how much help we were to others. Not how much ambition was gratified, but how love was served. For life is judged by love, and love is known by its fruits. тАФLem Gilbert. * * * Scientists say "minutes to midnight," but have no solution except the pathetic hope that restrictive legislation can be enacted to curb the destructive power of bombs. Churchmen say, "Time is short," but speak vaguely, even haltingly, of a second coming of Christ. By their own frank confession, they know not when Christ may come, how He will come, or what He will do for our poor world if He does come. How unsatisfying for churchmen to set forth the second advent as the answer to the threat of early extinction by bombs, when they must admit that they do not know whether the advent is near or a million years away. We accept fully Christ's declaration that no one can know the day or hour of His return. (Matthew 24:36.) But we also believe His important statement in the same connection: "When ye shall see all these things [a series of signs He foretold], know that it idle advent] is near, even at the doors." Verse 33. We believe that Bible prophecies provide strong proof that Christ's coming is now "near, even at the doors." We think of Seventh-day Adventism, not as one more church in the world, but as a movement тАФa movement that arose in fulfillment of prophecy, and that proclaims a message set forth in prophecy, whose task is to gather men of all faiths, all ranks, and all lands, to make ready for the day of God. We believe that the strength of Seventh-day Adventist preaching, which enabled it to win adherents even when world events seemed to give the lie to it, is found in two most significant facts: (1) Its preaching of the advent rests squarely on the divinely inspired prophecies of God's Book and (2) fits harmoniously into the whole framework of beliefs that distinguish this religious movement. As earlier explained, one of the reasons for the disappearance of belief in the second advent in modern times was that churchmen accepted the evolution theoryтАФone neutralized the other. But we who are Seventh-day Adventists have ever held firm our belief in creation. How could we do otherwise when we keep the seventh-day Sabbath, which is the divine memorial of the creation? (Exodus 20:8-11.) And it is because we believe that God originally created this world by a divine act that we go on to believe He can fulfill His promise to "create" a "new earth." (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1.) It is the promise of the new creation that gives to the second advent doctrine its truly realistic and meaningful climaxтАФthe earth restored to its original beauty, perfection, and holiness. Thus the Sabbath and the second advent are interlocked and stand forth together as of unique significance in these last troubled days of earth's history. Scientists and others cry out that there is "no place to hide" from impending destruction. But we believe there is. That is why we are a happy people. The doleful prediction of "minutes to midnight" does not tell the whole story. True, God is soon to end the day of probation for all men. But immediately beyond lies the bright morning of a new day for all who love God. We focus, not on the darkness that ends earth's evil history, but on the light that opens the glad and endless era of righteousness. We look forward with joy to Christ's personal, soon return, in glory and power, as the only hope of the world. We wish to share that joy with others. *** THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 White as Snow By Arnold V. Wallenkampl PHOTO BY PHILIP GENDREAU HEN we went to bed last night, the street by our house was gray with dirty slush. And when I had stepped off the cement walk in the back yard earlier in the evening, my shoes gathered mud. But this morning as we awoke, the ground was covered with trackless snow. It was everywhere; in our yard and on the busy street the downy carpet lay. The drooping limbs of the trees were decked with fleecy white. As the sun's rays later in the morning rested on the whiteness, the scene was dazzlingly beautiful. All the filth and sticky mud of yesterday were covered with resplendent purity. The snow covers the earth, hiding all its ugliness and filth, and adorns it with beauty and purity. In the same manner Jesus will cover all your sins and mine and make us clean, beautiful, and pure if we only accept Him as our Saviour from sin. The life of David after his loathsome sin of adultery with Bath-sheba and murder of her husband, Uriah, was scarlet red. But even to David the Lord's merciful vow extended: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18. Thus not even David's sin excluded him from God's forgiving and purifying grace. As conviction of guilt reached him through the prophet Nathan, David cried to God in contrition of heart: "Have mercy upon me, 0 God, according to Thy loving-kindness. . . . Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. . . . Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. . . . Create in me a clean heart, 0 God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me." Psalm 51:1-11. God heard David's heart-rending cry, washed away his sin, and made him white as snowтАФa man after His own heart. See Acts 13:22. Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, had also been stained with scarlet sins. Jesus first met her when the scribes and Pharisees brought her to Him as He was teaching in the temple. They had W THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 overtaken her in the very act of adultery, and the law of Moses ordered that such an offender should be stoned. They asked Jesus, "But what sayest Thou?" John 8:5. The Saviour made no answer. He only "stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not." Verse 6. As Jesus in the sand recorded the sins of her accusers, they stole away, one by one. Finally Jesus was left alone with Mary, who never once had ventured to lift her guilty eyes. She had crouched in fear and shame, expecting every moment to feel the stones pelting her to death. Jesus then asked her, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?" Verse 10. Mary for the first time lifted her eyes and found that she was alone with Jesus. He looked at her and added, with forgiveness shining out of His eyes, "Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more." Verse 11. At these gracious words newborn hope sprang up in Mary's heart. No one had ever spoken to her like that. In the experience of Mary, Jesus' forgiving, pitiful, and kind words became the starting point for a new life. Mary entered upon a path that led her to Jesus; she came close to her Saviour. It was Mary who at Simon's feast anointed her Master's feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. See John 12:3; Luke 7:36-38. At the crucifixion Mary was at the cross. See Matthew 27:56. Mary also helped at the burial of Jesus. See Matthew 27:61. She was first at the grave on the resurrection morning. See Mark 16:1, 9, 10. Mary had been cleansed from her sins and washed white as snow in the blood of Jesus. Jesus had saved her "to the uttermost"; therefore she loved and followed Him. As Jesus washed David and Mary from their sins and made them "white as snow" so He is able also to cleanse you and me from every stain of sin. The Scriptures say, "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25. Today His invitation is extended to you and me. May we today ask Jesus to wash us and make us "white as snow." *** * That Man Schweitzer HE IS eighty years old this year. For nearly forty years he has been in the Belgian Congo at Lambarene ministering to the needs of the natives. As far as we have heard, he has never gotten a pay raise or been elevated to any higher level in ecclesiastical government. The climate is probably as bad as when he first went there. Schweitzer must bother a lot of folks, if they stop to think about him. Folks who live in luxury and waste. Who are so selfish that they think always of themselves first. Folks who drop pennies in the offering plate when they could drop hundreds of dollars. If there were no Schweitzers in the world, it would be much easier to be comfortable and selfishтАФto forget that Christ once said, "Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." Luke 17:33. * Is It Night in Japan? THERE are indications that Christianity's golden day is over in Japan. Immediately after the close of World War II there was an insistent call for Christian missions in Japan, and those who were there said that the interest of the Japanese people in Christianity was beyond anything ever dreamed of formerly. Now the Japanese people are turning back to their old ways. This is not to say that Japanese Christians are forsaking their religion, but there was never more than an extremely small segment that actually accepted Christianity. According to reports from Japan, there is now taking place there a renaissance of interest in their ancient folkways and religious activities. Recently 2,700,000 people visited the shrine of the Emperor Meiji, Hirohito's grandfather; 500,000 visited the Yasukuni Shrine, a monument to the souls of Japan's war dead; and 360,000 visited the Grand Shrines of Shintoism on the Ise hills outside Tokyo. 18 * And in India Too? INDIA will probably reduce the number of American missionaries permitted to work in that country to about half the present total, according to a recent statement by Dr. E. Stanley Jones, noted Methodist evangelist and expert on India. Jones said that Indian officials' complaints against American missionaries center on four charges: that they do not foster loyalty to India; that they engage in politics; that they use material inducements to win converts among low-caste Indians; and that they use terminology (such as "heathen") which is "insulting" to India. Dr. Jones's statements confirm recent disquieting reports from India about the increasing difficulty with which missionaries returning to that country, or going for the first time, are able to ob- tain visas. Christian people may awake soon to the realization that what they have failed to do through indifference and procrastination, they are not able to do now because of hostility or for other reasons, on the part of those living in "mission lands." The sun is about to set on the history of this world. We may be witnessing the lengthening of the shadows across Christian missions. * Religious Liberty AS WE GO to press, the disagreement about the duties and privileges of American army chaplains in Spain has not been settled. Canon law in Spain requires a Catholic Church dispensation for the marriage of a baptized Catholic and non-Catholic, and the non-Catholic must sign a premarital agreement to rear all children of the union as Catholics. American Protestant chaplains would Responding to a survey conducted by thirty Seventh-day Adventist churches in the state, Governor Goodwin J. Knight of California points to his favorite verse in all the Bible, Micah 6:8. RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE PHOTO THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 be authorized to officiate at weddings only when both parties are baptized Protestants. All other weddings would be performed by Catholic chaplains or Spanish priests under conditions laid down by Catholic canon law. Strong protests have been voiced by , prominent Protestant leaders in this country. * More and Better These Times ON THE DAY this editorial is being written, the Southern Publishing Association, publisher of THESE TIMES, has purchased a two-color rotary press. This press does not replace a worn-out machine, but is an addition to the equipment of the pressroom. Its purchase has been made partly necessary by the greatly increased circulation of THESE TIMES, whose present printing order is 220,000. The present circulation of THESE Tim Es is a little more than three times that of 1950, and it is still growing. The editorial staff rejoices that this great record of progress has been made, and believes that it is partly due to the worth of the magazine in the eyes of the readers and their friends. The present circulation of THESE TIMES places it among the top ten of the Protestant monthly magazines published in the United States. * Decoys THE PUBLISHERS of the sixty million comic books published each month in this country are fearful of what aroused public opinion may do to their sales. It is unpleasant to believe, but it seems true, that there is nothing that will cause these people to stop printing the filth that they purvey to the children of the nation. Several years ago the public was told that a comic book association had been formed for the policing of the industry. From that time on, everything was to be lovely and pure in the comic book world. Alas, THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 things have not worked out that way. According to our observations, the content of the magazines is now even worse than before the "association" was formed. The latest quirk in this sordid situation came to light recently. A comic book by the name Crime SuspenStories published a full-page spread entitled "Are You a Red Dupe?" Following is this: "Here in America, we can STILL publish comic magazines, newspapers, slicks, books, and the Bible. We don't HAVE to send them to a censor FIRST. * The End of an Era The Reader's Digest, long a publishing phenomenon in that it has consistently been a money-maker in spite of the fact that it has never carried a line of advertising in this country, has now been forced to change its policy in this respect. Beginning with its April issue, it will carry thirty-two pages of advertising. A poll of its readers revealed that the majority would rather have advertising in the magazine than pay more than twenty-five cents a copy. The Reader's Digest will accept no liquor, tobacco, or medical-remedy ads. In foreign editions the Digest has carried advertising, and in at least one, the Canadian, it has also accepted liquor ads. It is to be hoped that the Digest will continue to keep its pages free from the objectionable advertising that it is now ruling out in its United States edition. * Millions for Missions RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE PHOTO Omar Bacon, librarian at Huntington, West Virginia, enthusiastically participates in the national movement "Operation Book Swap." Not YET! . . . THE GROUP MOST ANXIOUS TO DESTROY COMICS IS THE COMMUNISTS! . . . The NEXT time some joker gets up at P.T.A. meeting, or starts jabbering about the 'naughty comic books' at your local candy store, give him the ONCEOVER. We're not saying he IS a Communist! . . . He may be a DUPE who has SWALLOWED THE RED BAIT . . . HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER!" Such tactics need little comment, but are most revealing as to the morals and motives of the comic book publishers. It is heartening to know that Albert Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. It is also heartening to learn that he is putting all the money, $33,149, into the medical mission which he maintains in French Equatorial Africa. In this connection it should be noted that in a recent meeting of the Seventhday Adventist denomination the largest mission budget in the history of the church was voted, slightly over $20,000,000 for 1955. Seventh-day Adventists continue aggressively to move forward in every portion of the world where they can get an entrance. They are also steadily building up organizations within mission lands to carry on Christian activities if foreign missionaries should have to relinquish their work and turn it over to national representatives. Although most Americans are falling far short of what they should be doing from this wealthy country, it is heartening to know that mission work still is *** not entirely forgotten. 19 TIME ENDED--AND AFTER By Ernest Reed ILLUSTRATED BY CLYDE PROVONSHA Part 2 LANDING to lorry, Blanding to lorryтАФover." "Lorry to Blanding, O.K.тАФover," came the immediate reply to Blanding's powerful portable sender. "Have contacted my man. Will report hourlyтАФover," said Blanding. "Well done. Cheerio." By now it was late evening and almost dark. Peter would not try to make it into the valley before morning. He therefore spread out a small waterproof groundsheetтАФall the bedding he could carry with his other cargo; and after having eaten a meal of concentrated food, he prayed and went immediately to sleep. "Blanding to lorry. My quarry has led me into a small valley by an obscure and most difficult path. This valley has been recently cultivated and inhabited by a considerable number of people. I am following up the valley toward the precipitous hills. It is becoming increasingly evident that there is a band of dissenters somewhere near. Make ready for attack at any moment." The speaker's voice was just a whisper but easily carried to the point of contact. Morning had come, and events were moving rapidly toward a climax. It was only a matter of minutes after the foregoing microwave conversation that Peter's shoelace came untied. He was going down a steep place in the path that momentarily dipped into a ravine, when it happened, and his foot began to slide forward in his shoe. Instantly he dropped to one knee, with his foot poised on the projecting root of a tree. 8 20 This extraordinary document might be termed a modern-day parable. Although the characters and certain details are imaginary, the foundation facts are based on well-understood Bible prophecy. In the first installment a number of events leading up to judgment day were described: John Day, military official with offices in the underground Octagon, and the "Leader" found themselves out of patience with a stubborn group of religionists that failed to fall in line with the government-sponsored "spiritual" revival that was taking place as a way out of overwhelming world difficulties. As soon as Day signed the decree to kill the dissenters, supernatural spectacles took place. in many parts of the world. The Appearance, a being of majestic bearing, came from nowhere and worked together with Day and the Leader against the dissenters. The seven last plagues began to fall. Blame for them was immediately placed on the dissenters, one group of which was in Australia, led by Peter Dundee. One. day Dundee cautiously left the group's hiding place in a remote valley to go to the city. On the way back he was spotted by Blanding, a secret service man with a motor convoy of lorries. As this installment opens, Blanding is reporting back to the truck convoy. At the moment Peter stopped, Blanding had for once taken his eves off his quarry for a mere second. But when he looked up again, there was Peter kneeling, and the distance between the two had closed dangerously. As Blanding brought himself up short to avoid being seen, a round rock rolled beneath one foot; and before he could prevent it, it went bounding down the faint path with a horrible clatter. Blanding instantly threw himself behind a fallen log. At the first sound of the rock's rolling Peter's blood froze in his veins. So well schooled was he, however, in the arts of self-preservation, that not by the slightest action did he give evidence that he had heard anything. Methodically he finished tying the lace while inwardly thanking God that what had happened had happened, for otherwise he would have led whoever it was that was following him to the cave. He straightened himself, adjusted his pack, and went forward as though nothing had happened. Meanwhile his mind began to work feverishly. He must think of some evasive action that would convince his follower that he had not become alarmed, and at the same time lead him away from the cave. Fortunately Peter was strong and had great stamina. He would have no difficulty in going on much farther than had been his original plan in getting to the cave. He lengthened his stride. Whoever was following him would have a good workout before he was through, Peter thought to himself. And then something happened that made his heart almost stop. He heard the sound of approaching voices. In the meantime, while proceeding cautiously, Blanding again made contact with the lorry. "Relay to coast command at once. Send extermination squad immediately with utmost caution. Compass bearings as follows. Repeat, urgent. Repeat, urgent." "Lorry to Blanding. O.K., Blanding. Relay will be sent at once. Urgent." Within seconds there was action at the coast command. Fifty men were loaded into a rocket troop carrier and catapulted into the sky. The ship would fly beyond visibility over the target, and the extermination squad would parachute down. They were armed only with small arms and knives. Noisy means of killing were avoided if possible, as it was not thought good policy to attract too much attention to the killings. THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Peter's shoelace came untied. He was going down a steep place in the path that moPeter paused and listened. Yes, his mentarily dipped into a ravine, when . . . keen ears had heard voices. They were at least a mile away, across the valley, and their sound had been projected to senters. If possible they would be caphis ears by the sheer cliff that formed tured alive. Then they could be "perthat side of the vale. How could he suaded" to reveal their hide-out. Torture warn his fellows and keep them from was not a pleasant word, butтАФ harm? How could he keep them from "My brothers, why did you come? giving away the secret of the cave? Dis- You should never have left the cave in regarding the heavy pack on his back daylight!" Peter's blanched face and and at the same time throwing all hope gasping breath told his fellows that of evasion to the winds, Peter began to something had gone terribly wrong. run. At the same time, many thousands "Come, we must fly! Away from the of feet above, the extermination squad cave!" were already floating down silently to But flight was hopeless. The group the valley floor. As they floated earth- had run only a score of yards until they ward, powerful binoculars, directed by caught sight of armed men coming in Blanding's microwave transmitter, swept their direction. Turning at right angles, the valley floor and took in the situation. they were again confronted within a As Peter neared his unsuspecting com- short distance. panions, the squad was already forming "We are surrounded!" cried Peter. a ring around the unfortunate dis- "We must break through, or all is lost." - THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Heading for a dense thicket where the ring had not penetrated, the group crashed through with more than human strength and actually won through the armed ring. For a moment they gained ground on their cruel pursuers. "Halt, or we fire!" the squad commander's voice rang out. "Never," Peter's low voice counseled his companions. "Capture means torture or betrayal." Behind the pitiful group the exterminators dropped to their knees. Silencerequipped machine rifles came to the ready, were aimed, and the "fire" command was barked out. There was a blinding white light across the forest between the pursued and the pursuers, and as Peter and his companions looked back, they could, for a time, see nothing of their enemies.' When the hovering light vanished, seconds later, they saw the machine rifles scattered on the ground and heard the retreating sound of men running. That was the last they were ever to see of the squad.2 * * * "And that, Excellency, is typical of our experience with the dissenters in Australia. Our squad leaders come back absolutely terrified. They claim that their weapons are powerless and refuse to fire. Whereas at one time we were able to capture some of these people and imprison them, from the time of the `contamination' we have neither captured nor killed a one." "Nonsense!" snarled John Day. "It is obvious that we need new blood in the ring command. Asia?" "Your Excellency." The commander from Asia stood deferentially by his chair, but the beads of perspiration on his upper lip betrayed his inner agitation. "My distinguished colleague from Australia could not have better described our experience had he been in command on my continent!" The ensuing minutes were not pleasant. Day was no Hitler. He did not rant and foam at the mouth. Neither did he threaten. Men who failed to carry out his commands, implicitly, often simply disappeared. In every case their property was forfeited to the ring and their families left destitute. It was therefore a white and shaken group that took its leave from the office. Every man knew that he had been asked the impossible. Every man knew that he was doomed should he fail to achieve it. Day himself was more shaken than any of the ring. He had had word from the Leader who claimed to have been directed by the Presence. Second in command in all the world and with 21 special responsibilities in the Western Hemisphere, Day was nonetheless a pawn on the chessboard to be used or disposed of by the Leader. No man could successfully defy the LeaderтАФunless it might be a dissenter. Day's face was dark as he lived out the next few weeks. He thought that he had lived through the worst days that the world could see. Then came the darkness in the country where the Leader held court, and after that the final war.3 So severely was the Leader's immediate organization shaken by the darkness and its horrors and by the following titanic conflict that Day was not molested. Stealthily, meanwhile, he caused the Octagon to be more and more thoroughly protected. Thinking of all the plagues that had come, and trying to think ahead to any possible eventuality, Day tried to make provision against every one. After the great heat the Octagon was completely re-airconditioned with a safety factor of ten to one. The outer defenses were tripled in magnitude. Day sat looking at the television wall. There was proceeding a gigantic buildup of armed forces, and as next to the supreme command Day was given every scrap of confidential military information via television. Expert geographers and logisticians briefed him almost hourly and rendered special aid and advice upon call. Click . . . click . . . click. . . . Again that click of doom! Day blanched in spite of himself. Had he dared, he would long since have had the warning mechanism ripped out of the machine, but he must hear every important bulletin. The screen darkened, blurred, and then cleared. A succession of views were thrown upon it. Great storms were sweeping over the continents with thunder, lightning, and wind beyond the experience of mankind. Repeatedly buildings were shown struck and ripped apart and set afire by tremendous bolts. "Although it has been impossible to prepare a telecast of the affected areas, we regret to say that Paris, Marseilles, London, and Berlin have been stricken with heavy earthquakes. Mass evacuations are, taking place. Minute by minute we are receiving bulletins telling of new outbreaks of the quakes, many in places where such things have never before been known. . . тАв Wait! A bulletin has just been put in my hand which says that the entire city of Cape Town has sunk under the sea. Scarcely 5 per cent of the population escaped! And here's another from Italy. . . ."4 John Day half rose from his seat. 22 Our 3-lope Lies Not in enapons Safe was our journey, and sure our silent going Through all the ages that the earth has known, For He, who is almighty and all-knowing, Held secrets that were His and His alone. But now the reins that guide the cosmic courses Are sought by man who seeks to seize and wrest The aeon-lengthened secrets of the forces That He has kept close-hidden in His breast. How can there be but fear when science plunders The energies within the blazing sun, And pries into the springs of cosmic wonders Like children playing with a loaded gun? Our hope lies not in weapons man may fashion, Nor in the arrogance of wayward pride, But in the healing might of God's compassion, And in the force of Faith we have not tried. тАФREID CROWELL. More and more and still more! What was wrong with all his plans and devisings? Touching the telecasting control button, he straightened in his seat. "Calling all ring commanders. This day at 1200 I, John Day, supreme high commander of military forces of the Leader, will personally lead a new drive against the dissenters. The ring commanders of the world will report immediately their present location and plans." Click . . . click . . . click. . . . "Reno, Nevada, reporting. . . . Los Angeles has just been totally submerged by a succession of two-hundred-foot tidal waves. The whole metropolitan area and much of the suburban surrounding territory is sinking at the rate of two feet every hour. The city will have to be written off as totally destroyed. . . ." "NO!" Day cried out, leaping to his feet. "No, it can't. . . . It must not. . . . I decree!" Clutching his head with both hands, he jabbed the button to cut off the telecast and draw the drapes. Falling into his chair, he muttered, "Not here, at least not here. . . ." His voice rose to almost a scream. "I say, NOT HERE! NOT HERE!" But even as he spoke, there was a rumbling that was not from the television machine, now silent. It seemed to John Day that the floor was moving under his feet. With awful fascination and bulging eyes he saw a crack begin in one corner of the sumptuous office floor and run rapidly to the ceiling. Then, with a rending roar, the mighty rock above the Octagon split, and a million tons of rock crushed the great complex of the Center like a doll's house of cardboard.5 1. "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." Psalm 34:7. 2. "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. . . . A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked." Psalm 91:5, 7, 8. 3. "And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. . . . For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. . . . And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Revelation 16:10, 11, 14, 16. 4. "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." Revelation 16:18. 5. "And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." Revelation 16:19. (To be continued next month) THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 's'e 91Aad Zlou Vatet? R-ptoia 7t ;Litt By Charlie W. Shedd UPPOSE some mystic fairy were to appear at your bed tonight and ask, "Would you like to see a filmstrip of your remaining years?" What would you do? If you are wise, you would beg him to go away and leave you with the blessedness of mystery. We say, "If only I could know how it will be six months from now. If I could just see where I will be in 1960." But the denial of these things is one of life's rich favors. Last week you met an interesting stranger. The moment you shook his hand you thought, "I'd like to know him better." Yet that's what makes him interesting. Ours would be an insipid society if we knew all about every person on the spot. The same applies to romance. You've had dates with those you could know fully on the first night. Something about them seems to say, "I wear me on my face. This is all there is to me." So the handsome swain and his beautiful bride approach the altar not because they are fully acquainted. Instead they come implying, "We know each other well enough to spend the rest of our lives knowing each other better." Madam, if you sometimes think your husband is hard to understand, thank God it's so. If you knew him fully, you'd be bored. When you as a husband can't understand women, praise life for the fact that a wise Creator gave you a challenge. The most thrilling marriages are those where she is putting together a jigsaw puzzle and he sees in her islands to be discovered or faraway streams deep and waiting. The blessing of a partial knowledge works both ways. If you don't know all about others, they don't know all about you, and that is good. Muse some evening on the goldfish. How would you like to live in a bowl where you would be completely visible always? The goodness of mystery is evident in sorrow. If you were to know that one year from now you are to lose a loved one, go to the hospital, or S THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 find your back to the wall, you'd be a mental wreck before the time appeared. Would you be happier if you were told the hour of your death? Of course you wouldn't. No normal human being would. Life's hidden future is one of the things which makes you capable. If you knew tomorrow's successes, if the challenges of your job came easy, your work would go flat. When you were little, you got the new tricycle, but the fun wore off. Then you wanted the doll house. Next it was a formal, then a husband, now a baby, and to round it all out you will want the new home. Will you have them? Let's hope so. But be glad you don't know. Although anticipation makes life savory, it needs a solid footing. We only thrill to the unexpected, or look with pleasure to the unknown, when we go through life with confidence. Annie Lou was four years old. She had long lashes and dark ringlets in her hair. My six-year-old Karen and I were on the streamliner. Annie Lou came down the aisle and said, "Would you like to play dolls with me?" So we played dolls and visited. In the course of the conversation she announced herself as Annie Lou, and she was going to a friend's house. "And where does your friend live?" I asked. "I really don't know," she answered. "Oh, but aren't you afraid?" I continued. "If you don't know where it is, how will you know when to get off and where to go?" Annie Lou smiled her million-dollar smile and said, "Well, you see, I really don't need to know all those things because I'm traveling with my grandmother, and she knows." Some of us don't know it allтАФin fact we don't know very much. But we're having a grand trip and life is fun. You see, we know with whom we're traveling, and He knows all those things. 23 There is significant meaning to the universal demand for security, even at the price of liberty. It adds up to another sign of the approaching return of Christ. The Bible answers the question . . . IS WORLD SECURITY HE BIBLE has a significant word to say about the present worldwide longing for peace and security. That word is as follows: "Of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3. The inspired apostle writes here to the believers in Thessalonica. Ile tells them they are already informed regarding the "times and the seasons" of "the day of the Lord," that is, the developments and signs and evidences which will be associated with the return to this earth of the Lord Jesus. However, Paul's message is primarily one for us believers today, and the one thing he would emphasize, which we should keep in mind as an outstanding and convincing sign of the nearness of the great event, is that "when they [men] shall say, Peace and safety," then, with great and unexpected suddenness, the events of "the day of the Lord" shall come. Paul would have us, who are living in the last days, alert to what men are saying, quick to discern the significance of developments which have a bearing on the return of the Lord, and watchful for one development in particular: some announcement, or demand, or effort toward a worldwide movement to compose the differences between nations and bring about international peace and safety. (The word "safety" has been translated "security" in several modern translations.) We are to expect, then, in fulfillment of this prediction, that the time will come in the development of human affairs when the people of the earth shall unite in making a great demand for, or in expressing the imperative need of, both peace and security to solve the T 24 complex troubles of the world. The supreme effort to reach these two objectives will constitute a most convincing evidence of the nearness of the return of Jesus, the imminence of the day of the Lord, and the "sudden destruction" to follow. You will observe that it is not only "peace" that is to be said; it is "peace" plus something else: "peace" plus "security." Certainly that connects the prophecy with our day, which is characterized by the greatest, the most elaborate, the most insistent effort of humanity to obtain peace and security that mankind has ever witnessed. The nations of the world, sixty of them at present, have united to form a vast organization known as the United Nations, the chief purpose of which is to bring about peace and security for the whole world. Indeed, that word "security" has become the great word of the present hour. SECURITY is the catchword of ecclesiastical, social, political, and industrial ideologies of the present time. Social security, job security, health security, old-age security, eternal security. We hear of these securities everywhere and all the time. Spiritual security is promised if you will only put your soul and its salvation in the control of an ecclesiastical hierarchy, which will then furnish vim with beliefs, a way of life, forms of worship, limited duration in purgatory, escape from hell, and assurance of heavenтАФall without your being bothered about thinking of those things. That is, eternal security is yours merely by transferring your individual responsibility to God to a church, which claims to be fully equipped to look after your eternal interests. You can turn the whole intricate and puzzling business of salvation over to experts, who will handle the matter for you on your agreement to accept their assurance of security for your surrender to them of your individual responsibility and liberty. They claim they will get you all the way through to heaven if they may have your mind, your body, your soulтАФnow. It is an exchange of liberty for security, a security which you never get, for salvation is not the commodity of any church, but depends wholly on a personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Political security, likewise, can be obtained, we are told, if individuals will turn over their individual responsibility for good government to experts, who are quite willing to assume this responsibility under a guarantee of the greater good of the whole community. Individual rights need only to be merged in the reservoir of the people's rights as a whole, and the whole complicated matter of the common good be turned over to those who claim special qualifications for this business of government. Industrial security, too, can also be taken care of by merging individual interests and welfare with a group, called a union, the leaders of which will guarantee security on the mere pledge of the individual to obey orders, doing what he is told, when he is told to do it, and in the way he is told. On that basis your job will be guaranteed (employment security), your hours will be arranged, your wages will be fixed, the amount of work you do will be determined (as well as the amount you are not to do), and all responsibility for bargaining about these things will be taken over for you. Health security! Social security! Employment security! Old-age security! Do not bother your head about them, we are told. They will be taken care of by the government. All you need to do is to step into line, allow yourself to be regimented, told what to do, told what not to do, told what to eat, what not to eat, told what to buy, and what not to buy, told where you can go, and where you must not go. Just give up your individuality and become a cog, or a number, lost in the mass. THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 By Carlyle B. Haynes POSSIBLE? OFFICIAL. UNITED NATIONS PHOTO Man's deep longing for peace and securityтАФintensified by the catastrophic weapons now threatening his very existenceтАФhas produced gigantic diplomatic efforts. You are promised that if you will but the contending forces which are strugrelinquish your liberty, you will be gling for the mastery without a sense given security. However, it never works of coming disaster. Everything seems out that wayтАФor only half so. You do turned out of its normal course. Inlose your liberty, but you never obtain dustrial development and political philosophy have operated to rob the individsecurity. These are the days when individual- ual of his personal distinctiveness. A ism is on the way out. Totalitarianism vastly mechanized age has crowded men is coming with a rush in nearly every into factories and mills and shops. They aspect of human life. Men used to love have become so many "hands." They liberty and were ready to make any have banded together in defense of their sacrifice to obtain it. Now they stand interests and as such have become "unlike sheep and allow demagogues, who ions." They work in "shifts" and pattern their ideologies after those of "gangs." Their sentiments are made Hitler and Lenin, to deprive them of known through a "federation," or "contheir liberties, and appear quite in- gress," or "organization." They negotiate different about it. and bargain "collectively." They even The United States began its existence shed their names and become numbers, by making "liberty" its chief goal and so that Tom Smith is now Number 28 putting that before all else as its main on Job 36 in the mass manufacture of objective. Liberty now is coming to be some machine part or product. replaced by another objective. That obWhat has become of the individual jective is SECURITY. And men are today? He is lost in the mass. His inbeing induced into surrendering liberty dividual rights and interests and welfare in order to obtain it. But all that hap- cannot be considered, but only the inpens is that they lose their libertiesтАФ terests and welfare of the group to and they do not obtain security. which he belongs. If he has a conscience No man can look about him today at which will not permit him to go along THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 with his group in all things, that is too bad for him, for nothing can be done about it. His personal and religious convictions must be submerged and suppressed for the welfare of the group. This is the principle which sent Jesus to the cross. Entrenched ecclesiasticism in that day decided that "it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not." That is, the welfare of the individual must give way before the welfare of the group. And that is the spirit which is coming to characterize every aspect of human life today. It is, indeed, a significant word which Paul wrote: "When they shall say, Peace and safety [security]; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3. This is the day foreseen and foretold. "Peace and security." They are saying it over all the earth. This is the time when we confidently look for the breaking of "the day of the Lord." *** 25 HAPPY ) HOMES A Queen at Hozne HE RECENT "Christ back in Christmas" emphasis has helped crystallize my ambition to put mother back on the throne as "queen of the household." Commercializing, in this case, has also been the offender. It works like this: The latest model range, the latest model refrigerator, the TV set with the biggest screen, are constantly played up in advertising far beyond their real importance. Women abandon their family duties to go out and help earn the money to buy these unimpor- T tant things. Many children growing up today will never look back to a shining clean kitchen filled with the wonderful fragrance of plump loaves of homebaked bread, yellow mounds of butter all printed with butterflies, clover blossoms or tiny pine trees, and tasty cinnamon spiced apples baked to a turn. About all they will remember is the name of the folks who ran the corner bakery! What a loss to mother! TV is pushing mother into another corner. While she dashes about trying n pervades the home whose queen loungly teadies her children the Word of God and demonstrate, its pos%cr in her life. to do at least half a job of housekeeping after office hours, Debby, Sandra, and Jack are left to themselves with the TV in the den. In many cases the suitability of the program is never questioned. It is a means of keeping children entertained and out from underfoot until bedtime. When these children grow up, mother will not be the center of their childish entertainment world, but rather some TV entertainer, maybe good or maybe definitely harmful. It seems to me that every mother should have the privilege of putting her own children into a bubbly, warm bath in the evening, dressing them in warm sleepers, and having a few minutes' play with them in the living room. Daddy's paper, too, should be laid aside for the fun if he has the supper dishes finished. Then to bed with good-night stories. Not highly exciting adventure stories, but stories about boys and girls living lives like they live, character-building stories told or read by mother herself. A mother should know that her children are learning lessons of honesty, reliability, kindness, reverence, courage, and the other virtues that, molded together, make a well-adjusted adult. Jack-of-all-trades, but master of none, is a name that may apply to many men and women. It should never apply to a mother. She should be jack-of-all-trades and master of some. A mother should constantly apply herself to the task of studying nutrition and learning to be an expert cook. Only then can she ensure the health of her family. Since children, in spite of good nutrition, do get sick, a mother should be familiar with the best home nursing techniques and be prepared to use them in her home. A mother should develop her teaching ability to the highest possible degree. She is her child's first and most influential teacher. The home, the church, and the school are responsible for the training the next generation receives. Mothers become agitated if an incompetent teacher is on the school staff, or concerned if the pastor of the church is negligent; and vet, for the want of the latest model automobile, they relinquish their share of the responsibility of training their children to someone else. A mother never sits quite so much a queen as when in her own home, where she directs and molds the spiritual life of her children; or when she sits in church with well-groomed, happy children sitting in the pew between herself and her husband, awaiting the Lord's benediction on her week's loving endeavor for Him. *** THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 ET' S S E The answers to health questions are supplied to the readers of THESE TIMES by Owen S. Parrett, M.D. Address your queries to him in care of this magazine. I am a woman thirty-two years old and have suffered from migraine headaches since I was twelve. I have tried remedies and recently was given Cafergot, which has proved to be the best so far, as I can go longer without recurring headaches. Is it safe to use, and what is it made of?тАФH.A.M. Cafergot is a medicine put up by the Sandoz Chemical Works, Inc., of New York City. It is a compound of 1 mg. ergotamine tartrate and 100 mg. caffeine in tablet form. The suppositories contain 2 mg. of ergotamine tartrate and 100 mg. of caffeine. It should be taken as early as possible in the beginning of an attack. The effect is to contract the dilated blood vessels along the nerve trunk which are causing the pain. It is not a narcotic. The average dose, from two to six tablets, is to be taken soon after the beginning of an attack. Start using two tablets and experiment, finding out how little can be taken while still getting relief. Take no more than is necessary for this purpose. Never take it to prevent an attack, but always when the attack sets in. Although this is the best medicine to get quick relief, it must always be borne in mind that the factors causing migraine, besides heredity, include nervous strain, wrong diet, lack of rest or sleep, and whatever hygienic factors may lower the vitality. All persons with migraine should study carefully to work out the most careful program possible to avoid in each individual case the known factors which precipitate the attack. Outdoor life in the fresh air and sunshine, freedom from anxiety, and a careful diet should become part of the daily program. In this way it is sometimes possible almost entirely to avoid recurrence of the attacks. Is it harmful to drink one or two bottles of cola a day besides a cup of coffee?тАФB.K. It is definitely harmful to drink either cola or coffee. Many cola drinks are spiked with caffeine like that found in coffee. They are definitely harmful THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 nerve stimulants. Another disadvantage is that when taken in rather large amounts, one gets large quantities of cane sugar without the proper vitamins and minerals to accompany it. If I had a family of children in a polio epidemic, I would be less afraid of polio than pop. I remember a family of four, in which one girl had polio. I sent her to the polio hospital. After inquiring of the mother which one of the children was most likely to take sweet drinks and desserts and less likely to take vegetables and fruits and so forth, she remarked it was the same girl that had polio. I have seen this repeatedly. Since sugar is lacking vitamins, large amounts of it predispose to polio and other diseases. A surgeon friend who was in Africa for thirteen years told me that he only saw three cases of appendicitis while he was there. All three were African chiefs who were eating the food of the white man, including meat and sugar. It would seem that in countries where little or no sugar is eaten, such diseases as polio and appendicitis are little known. Regarding coffee: I have seen one cup of coffee bring on nervous spells and dizziness which would not cease until the coffee was left off. Both coffee and soft drinks contain harmful drugs and should be avoided under all circumstances. I am a woman aged forty-six. When thirty-four years old I had radium used, resulting in no periods for one year. Now I am going through the menopause, am very nervous, and lose confidence in myself. Sometimes I almost go blind. I have had some symptoms since radium was used. I am doing eight hours of work a day besides my housework and caring for my eleven-year-old boy. I have some hot flashes and weak spells. My husband can't understand why I feel as I do and am unable to spend evenings out from home with him. тАФM.E.D. Your problem is not an unusual one, but not every woman at your age at- etteill tempts to do double duty as you are. It is unfortunate that you must work eight hours on the job and then have to carry your homework besides. If finances make it necessary and there is no way out, of course you will have to do the best you can. But you would get along much better if you had one job instead of two. I would certainly take some estrogenic medicine right away, consisting either of weekly injections or tablets such as Premarin, 1.25 mg. once every day or every other day as necessary. You should have a diet rich in vitamin B and especially vitamin E, which is derived from the outer layer of grains, wheat germ, and so forth. Avoid all white flour products. Secure some middlings and germ in the proportion of 85 per cent middlings and 15 per cent germ, which is a by-product of the manufacture of white flour. Use this as a breakfast cereal, cooking onehalf hour. You may add some dates or raisins. You might also take some wheat germ oil two or three times a day. The vegetable estrogen-like vitamins will enable you to reduce the injections or tablets of the true estrogens, and at the same time it will tend to build up your general energy and nervous system. Balance your diet well with plenty of fresh fruits and salads, green and yellow vegetables, and some milk and eggs. Perhaps some men do not realize the strain a woman is under when going through this period. A word from a physician would enable your husband to understand the matter better, I am sure. You should have some outdoor exercise daily and nine or more hours of rest and sleep. Do not get discouraged. Time is in your favor, and eventually you may almost forget entirely your present troubles, although it may be two or three more years. Probably when you had the radium treatment, you almost completely destroyed your ovarian secretions and thus brought on a premature menopausal condition. The hot flashes and nervousness will gradually diminish with the passing of time *** and as you take treatments. 27 "Moving" Sermons WIDE WORLD PHOTOS. INC. LEFT: Bill McGarrahan is known throughout the country for his oneman dramatizations of Bible stories. His audiences sit entranced as the 100pound five-footer portrays the giant Goliath one moment, little David the next. Here he plays the part of the blinded Samson pulling down the pillars of the heathen Philistine temple. BELOW: Jack Hamm, 36-year-old Waco, Texas, artist, with some of the religious cartoons he furnishes at nominal rates to more than three hundred newspapers in 42 states and several foreign nations. He says he draws the truths of the Bible as related to modern events. He puts a Scripture quotation on every cartoon. His work has appeared often in "These Times." THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 RIGHT: Phil Saint, 40year-old evangelist of Greensboro, N.C., with one of the colored chalk pictures he draws as an introduction to sermons he delivers across the nation. This one is called, "The Return of Christ." He has been combining preaching and drawing successfully for 19 years. BELOW: Elijah P. Schofield, of London, England, a Congregational minister and ventriloquist, holds his dummy, "Jimmy," while a young member of his congregation looks at it admiringly. The minister uses "Jimmy" in his sermons from the pulpit. BELOW: To be sure she will not miss any calls, Mrs. Julia Shelhamer, 72-year-old telephone evangelist, carries a plug-in phone wherever she goes in her mission in Washington, D.C. She gets calls from people at any hour of the day or night, and is always ready to pray with any who have learned of her and need spiritual help. musk be boNN\ agar . THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Pageant of Prophecy (Continued from page 2) one reflects on the entirely new technique of long distance projectiles, paralleling in effectiveness the explosivesтАФ giant rockets, higher than ten-story buildings and directed to distant continents, the anguish of our epoch becomes understandable. But what saith Scripture? "In Genesis 8:21 God said to Noah, 'I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.' "This word of the Eternal is valid today and tells us that a new deluge, or an atomic conflagration according to sensational reports, cannot be. The earth, in the measure expressed by the Word of God, will survive the terrible judgments evoked by the scientific technique of a demonic humanity. All that will come on man is found essentially in the Revelation given by the Lord Jesus to the Apostle John. "But let us return to what the Bible calls 'the powers of the heavens.' Men call them today fission, chain reaction, the atomic bomb. It has pleased God to give to scientists, with an insatiable thirst for new discoveries, the key to immeasurable energy. "The single bomb of Hiroshima vas equal to twenty massive attacks with a thousand bombs of TNT. In a few thousandths of a second after the release of this one bomb, a ball of fire formed an incandescent mass of gas 300 meters in diameter, reaching a temperature of a million degrees. The light of this ball of fire was, at a distance of a kilometer, 2,000 degrees greater than that of the sun. Consumed in six seconds, it gave out penetrating gamma rays which destroyed 15,000 men in Hiroshima. What was agonizing was that the victim touched by death felt at first only a passing discomfort but died two or three weeks later of a frightful death by the total dissolution of his blood. Metal buildings were melted, trees uprooted, all life destroyed. . . . "An improved form of the uranium bomb, using an isotope of plutonium, has a destructive power six times greater and equivalent to 120,000 tons of TNT. Its ball of fire has a temperature of two hundred million degrees and a diameter of two kilometers. It would reduce stones to vapor. The radioactive dust following destroys certain organs of the body. "Our hearts are profoundly moved by 30 these things when we read what the Prophet Zechariah (14:12) wrote regarding the days of the end: " 'Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their [eye] holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.' "When we read what the Apocalypse tells us of the judgments which the Lord will permit to come on humanity, we recognize these modern arms. Multitudes will die because all water is polluted by radioactive bitterness. All that is green will be consumed. What will not be the intensity of those ternpests which the explosion of atomic bombs will unchain on the seas, destroying a third of the ships. It is impossible to recount here all the military phenomena which visibly agree with the descriptions of the Prophet John. "Finally, some words on long-range arms. According to press information, giant rockets are being prepared to carry atomic bombs from one continent to another. These bombs will fall from a height of up to 100,000 meters. Radar cannot detect them, neither the most rapid airman, flying 3,000 kilometers an hour and provided with all manner of automatic devices of detection and destruction. These stars will fall from heaven with no possibility of restraining them, directed as they are by the hand of divine judgment. "What can we conclude? Shall we be in terror or seek to defend ourselves with counter devices and electronic brains? "No, we are to seek salvation only from the Lord our God, for He alone can save. 'Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy o escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man' (Luke 21:36). Then we can lift up our heads, for our redemption drawcth nigh." Reprints Available "Death in the Bottle," the poignant temperance story in our January issue, has now been printed in pamphlet form. Orders should be sent to the Southern Publishing Association, PeriodicaI Dept., Box 59, Nashville 2, Tenn., or to your conference Book and Bible 1 louse. Prices (Postage prepaid) 100 to 500 SI.10 per 100 500 to 5,000 $10.00 per 1,000 5,000 and over (shipped to one address) $9.50 per 1,000 IS IGNORANCE BLISS? BY MIRIAM TRIPP GNORANCE is bliss," said Joan; "people who know too much are unhappy." "Yes," agreed Patsy, "people were much happier in the old days when they didn't know about all the diseases we are acquainted with today. They died of diseases, but they didn't go through the mental suffering we do today. For example, when I was sixteen, I tried to get out of bed one morning, but I crumpled to the floor. Visions of polio passed before my frantic eyes. I tried to rise, only to topple again. Thereupon I let out a piercing shriek. My parents came running, and finally we learned that my difficulty lay in the fact that both of my legs had 'gone to sleep' during the night. Think of the mental suffering I went through because I knew that there was such a disease as polio. I thoroughly agree with you that ignorance is bliss." Patsy's trouble was caused not by knowledge but by insufficient knowledge. Had she known from the first that her difficulty lay simply in the fact that her feet were "asleep," she would not have suffered mentally. Today knowledge has increased to the point where we know more about diseases, but we also know more about the means of curing them. Through increased knowledge about mental hygiene, we also know better methods of relating ourselves to disease should it strike. The cynic is a former idealist. His world crashed because his knowledge was incomplete. How much better it is to face all the facts and build one's philosophy of life upon a sure foundation! In the Bible the word "knowledge" is found about two hundred times. The word "know" is also found frequently. From this we infer that God considers knowledge to be something important. I Ic invites: "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:16-18. The Master said: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32. The greatest knowledge we can gain is acquaintance with Him who says: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." John 14:6. *** I THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Earthly Pretender or HEAVENLY POTENTATE? By Robert IL Pierson N THE ORIENT through the 1 ears a title has meant much to those holding high positions. Ruling princes have paid large sums of money to the paramount power for the privilege of placing "His Highness," "His Exalted Highness," "Sir," or some other honorific title before their names. One Indian maharaja, I am told, is entitled to place the appellation "sri" some thirty times before his name. The average gentleman must be content with using it but once. Yes, titles mean a great deal in many parts of the world. There is, however, One who, without the fanfare of earthly superlatives, has a name "which is above every name." This name was not bestowed upon Him by some grateful earthly sovereign for some meritorious works. Rather "God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name." Philippians 2:9. That name is Jesus! I "The name of Jesus is so sweet, I love its music to repeat; It makes my joys full and complete, The precious name of Jesus!" "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:10, 11. In this world of sin, a world in rebellion, every knee does not bow at the name of Jesus, nor does every tongue confess Him Lord. But in the glorious coronation day, when the redeemed THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 ROBERT AYRES. ARTIST Jesus' pre-eminence, His authority, His lordship, and His dominion all confirm the Biblical claim that He was more than a mere man. He is indeed the divine Son of God! shall gather around the great white throne of earth's rightful King (Revelation 14), every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. "All hail the power of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Hirn Lord of all!" What a magnificent scene! What a glorious day that will be when Jesus at last takes His rightful place as the Crown Prince of the universe! Today men quibble. They say Jesus was a good man. He was a prophet. He was a fine example. He was this. He was that. Yes, He was a good manтАФ never has there been a better. He was a prophet тАФ never has there been a greater. He was a fine example both to I Iis generation and to ours. But Jesus Christ was far more than any of theseтАФ I Ie was the divine Son of God. God, His Father, has given Him a name "which is above every name." His Father has "highly exalted Him." It is true. Not only in that glorious tomorrow, when every tongue shall confess it, but yesterday, when men reviled Him, and today, when menтАФeven good menтАФ refuse to accept Him as the Son of God. Centuries before His birth in Bethlehem's manger the gospel prophet wrote of Jesus' exalted position. Speaking for the One who inspired him, 31 Isaiah wrote, "I will divide Him [Jesus] a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong." Isaiah 53 : 12. Again, catching a glimpse in vision of the Son of God, Isaiah exclaimed, "Who is this . . . that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?" Isaiah 63:1. Not only the prophets but His contemporaries, His disciples, and followers spoke and wrote of His exalted nature and position, and of His greatness. John the Baptist, mighty preacher of repentance that he was, recognized that the One of whom he was the forerunner was far greater than he. "He must increase," he declared in John 3:30, 31, "but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all. . . . He that cometh from heaven is above all." Of John the Baptist, Christ had said, "Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist." Matthew 11:11. Jesus placed John at the pinnacle, humanly speaking. Yet John declared that Christ was above him, and he should decrease that his Master might increase. "Above all"тАФyes, that is Jesus' rightful place as the Son of God. Paul, writing under inspiration, declared Jesus to be "so much better than the angels." (Hebrews 1:4.) Later, in his effort to convince the Jews of the pre-eminence of Christ, he added, "For this man [Jesus] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses." Hebrews 3:3. This was the acme of expression as far as the former member of the Sanhedrin was concerned. The pre-eminence of Christ is further emphasized by Paul in his epistle to the church at Colosse. "And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence." Colossians 1:18. In a final burst of sublime revelation, Paul declares Christ to be not only greater than Moses, not only the head of the church, not only greater than the angels, but to be "Lord both of the dead and living." (Romans 14:9.) To Paul, the Christ he had met on the Damascus road was not merely a good man, He was "above all," "Lord both of the dead and living," the divine Son of God preeminent above heaven and earth, one with His Father. One of the fruits of Christ's sufferings, death, and resurrection is His Godgiven authority both in heaven and in earth. Just before His return to His Father, Jesus spoke with His disciples, declaring, "All authority has been given 32 unto Me in heaven and on earth." Matthew 28:18, R.V. Because of His submission to the ignominy of the cross, Christ was given special, exalted authority in heaven. His it was to send down the Holy Spirit from heaven to His needy followers whom He had left behind. To Him, likewise, was granted the right to raise up followers to take them to His (and their) heavenly abode and there to crown them with an endless glory. He also had authority "on earth." He, by His Spirit, should convert sinners and sanctify, protect, and perfect His church for the day of His second advent. He was to subdue nations and finally to act as judge of all mankind. "And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man." John 5:27. If Christ were not divineтАФequal with the FatherтАФhow could He have made such claims? To have boasted of such authority without being one with the Father would have been base impiety and blasphemy. It was because He knew from whence He came (John 8:14) that He could in such a manner assert His Godhead and His equality with the Father by claiming to possess all power in heaven and on earth. This authority was ever reflected in His teaching and in His ministry. The multitudes were ever conscious of it. They were amazed by it. They easily detected the difference in His teaching and the insipid, ceremony-bound doctrines of their religious leaders. "For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Matthew 7:29. "And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority cornmandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him." Mark 1:27. Why was His teaching different? Why did He teach as one having authority? Why did even the unclean spirits obey His word? The answer is singularly clear. He taught and worked not as the Son of Mary with influence, but as the Son of God with power! In Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost the apostle refers to the lordship of Christ: "God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36. The name "Lord" used here is from the Greek word kurios, meaning "a controller" or "the one supreme in authority." To Peter, Christ was not only the spiritual Messiah but also the supreme governor of the universe, whose power and justice, as well as mercy and kind- ness, knew no earthly bounds. Likewise He wished to impress upon his hearers that the One whom they had crucified had been on the right hand of the Majesty on high, the Lord to whom every knee would one day bow. He was the supreme in authority, the controller of all. Such a One they had maliciously opposed and crucified. Paul, in writing to the church at Corinth, emphasizes the fact that Christ was not merely a lord but the Lord of all: "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him." 1 Corinthians 8:6. This Paul has stated by way of contrasting Christ the one Lord with the many lords of heathenism. In the Orient non-Christians have many lordsтАФthere is Lord Krishna and scores of othersтАФenough in fact that each person can have his or her own personal deity. It is not so with Paul or with the true follower of Christ today; there is but "one Lord Jesus Christ." THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 The apostle to the Gentiles further attaches a spiritual significance to the calling of Christ "Lord." "Wherefore I give you to understand . . . that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 1 Corinthians 12:3. Not in the sense that our Hindu friends refer to Lord Krishna do Christians speak of Lord Jesus. Jesus here is not an abstract doctrine but the historical, living God-man, who by I Iis Spirit has become a reality and the ruler in the surrendered life of an individual. Only the person who has experienced true conversion, who acknowledges himself to be Christ's servant, can truly call I Iim "Lord." The Lord of all holds dominion over all. There is no limit in heaven or in earth to His overlordship. The prophet Zechariah states it thus: "His dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth." Zechariah 9:10. Moses declares, "The Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is." Exodus 20:11. Christ demonstrated His dominion over nature when He stilled the storm and calmed the waves, and "men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!" Matthew 8:27. The Lord of nature has the elements of nature under His control. Not alone the elements of nature respond to His command, but Peter writes that Jesus, now being on the right hand of God, has "angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him." (1 Peter 3:22.) They likewise obey Him. His dominion reaches beyond the limits of our mundane sphere and extends throughout the whole universe. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that "of I Iis government and peace there shall be no end." (Isaiah 9:7.) A strange statement this seems in a world in ferment, a world that has known no real peace. But it is true. Today He sits enthroned in human hearts that admit of His kingdom of grace. He who has admitted Christ into his life and submitted to I lis government knows a sweet, abid- ing peace despite the fearful chaos that surrounds him. Then, glorious day, Christ's kingdom of grace will become His kingdom of glory. When the seventh angel sounds, "the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever." Revelation 11:15. When things began at creation, Christ, as our Lord exercising His right in His dominion, began them. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3, 14.) When the drama, as far as this earth is concerned, ends, it will be because He rings down the curtain. He is the first and He is the last. (Revelation 1:17.) Then comes His kingdom of glory over which "He shall reign forever and ever." Christ's greatness demonstrates His divinity. He is no earthly pretender who ignominously passed from the stage of action two thousand years ago as a victim of the cross. No! He is today a living Christ, our heavenly Potentate, our sooncoming "King of kings, and Lord of lords." *** The unique position of Jesus Christ among the leading figures of world history can be understood only if one accepts His claim to be the Messiah of Israel and hope of the world. GUSTAVE DORE, ARTIST TI IESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 33 TW2 IN is I I тАФ .4v Atf3t, 40.0 %MU By Mary Hunter Moore Wings HAVE SEEN a wing. It lay on the table at the Bird Club meeting, and the members crowded around to examine it. We had looked on with wonderment at the huge bundle our chief birdbander had just carried in. This changed to amazement as she unrolled the great mass of bone, muscle, and feathers, and laid it out full length. It must have approximated five feet in full stretch. It was the wing of a white pelican which had come down on the Cumberland River to rest during migration from its northern nesting ground to its Gulf coast winter vacationland. Fishermen in a motorboat had caught up with the floating bird, dragged it aboard, taken it ashore at a riverbank tavern, and shut it up in a car trunk, where it slowly suffocated and drowned in the contents of an overturned oil can. A tardy call to Nashville's best-known birdbander brought her hurrying, but it was too late. The dying bird but shortly outlived its cruel abuse. Most of its plumage was too much soaked in heavy motor oil to allow examination. But this immense wing had been clean enough to allow being skillfully disjointed at the shoulder. It now lay before us for observation. The bone was huge and heavy looking, but remarkably light, being hollow. Rather it was cellular, or the hollow part was criss-crossed with struts and braces to provide maximum strength with minimum weight. The muscular system was marvelous in its adaptability to every motion. We pulled the wing out to its greatest length and folded it back almost like an accordion. The outpull not only moved the hinged joints of the skeleton of the wing, but also spread and closed the feathers. Those feathers! A feather is a fascinating thing. Every detail, from the quill to the almost microscopic hamuli, I 34 or hooks, by which the smallest divisions of the web are held together fabric-like, is admirable in its perfect adaptation of form to function. The largest feathers of this great pelican wing were underlaid with such a mass of smaller, fluffier feathers as gave the wing in relaxed position a cushioned feeling as though covered with deep velvet pile. In its extended position, the feathers gave my hands as I held the wing a curious sense of sustaining power. I was told later by the owner of the wing that the feathers on the bird's body were so plump and heavily plumed as to mass together into what felt more like fur than feathers. This facilitated the streamlining of the immense body to reduce wind resistance in its powerful flight and to cut the water in its plunging dives. Do you have problems, burdens, and perplexities that seem overwhelming? If you drop us a line, we shall be glad to join you in praying to our heavenly Father. Address all correspondence: Prayer Circle, Box 59, Nashville 2, Tennessee. 401 тАвтАвтАвтАвтАвтАвтАвтАвтАвтАв111..111.. Looking with fascination at this largest wing I was ever near, I kept thinking of the smallest wing I ever sawтАФthat of the hummingbird that once lay on the palm of my hand, from beaktip to tailpoint not so long as across it. The pelican's largest feathers had quills almost as large as my little finger. The hummer's feathers were so tiny as to be indistinguishable. Its body seemed clothed in a shimmering silken fabric, the separate feathers no more noticeable than one thinks of the separate threads in a piece of satin. Yet the hummingbird's wings had proportionately as great power as the pelican's. They took that animalcule off my palm at a speed my eye hardly followed. Hummingbirds' wings carry them across the Gulf of Mexico. Power of wings apparently does not depend on size. Since having seen these two extremes of wings, I can find more meaning in the beautiful Bible expressions about wings. "I bare you on eagles' wings," God said of His delivering the Israelites from Egypt. Exodus 19:4. "As an eagle . . . spreadeth abroad her wings, taken' them [her young], beareth them on her wings," He said of His tender love for His people. Deuteronomy 32:11. Boaz, praying for Ruth, said lovingly, "A full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust." Ruth 2:12. "He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust." Psalm 91:4. The shadow of wings is used in the Bible as a symbol of God's loving care for His children. One understands that better after observing how strongly the thread-like barbs and barbicels of the feather are hooked together by the hamuli into the elastic webтАФlight, tough, almost air- and water-proof. Instances are known of a mother bird's standing on a nest's brim sheltering her fledglings from the sun by her wings outstretched. So David prayed, "Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings." Psalm 17:8. "How excellent is Thy loving-kindness, 0 God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings." Psalm 36:7. "My soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast." Psalm 57:1. "I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of Thy wings." Psalm 61:4. "Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice." Psalm 63:7. The overcoming power God's people can obtain from Him is symbolized by wings. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31. Salvation is symbolized by wings. "Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings." Malachi 4:2. But the epitome of tenderness is reached in our Saviour's own heartbroken cry over selfish Jerusalem: "How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37. THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 Address your questions to Editor, THESE TTMES, Box 59, Nashville 2, Tennessee. "Passed 4111" 1. After our loved ones have passed on, can Christians pray to God for them? 2. And if they passed on before they said they were ready, do you think they are saved? 3. Where is the spirit between death and the judgment day? 4. Some people say if any are suffering and pass on, they are not saved. Is that true?тАФA.E.S. 1. It is not in harmony with the Bible to speak of the dead as "passing on." The words "to pass on" began to be used for "to die" by the founder of Christian Science to express the teaching that there is no reality to sin or suffering or sickness or death (all of which contradicts the Bible). No one but Christian Scientists ought to use those words. The Bible words are "fell asleep" (Acts 7:60); to "die in the Lord" (Revelation 14:13); to "sleep in Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 4:14). The dead are called "them which are asleep" and "the dead in Christ." (Verses 15, 16.) The Bible teaches that death closes our probation. In the parable of the foolish farmer Christ showed that his opportunity passed when he died. (Luke 12:20.) Hebrews 9:27 says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." That does not allow for any change of character, or any more probation, between death and the judgment. Much more in the Bible agrees with this. If our prayers for our loved ones after their death could influence their future salvation, surely God would have told us so and have urged us to such praying. But the Bible is silent on that subject. The Apostle Paul says, "Now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2. The twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes is devoted to exhortation to turn to God before old age and death. "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." 2. We cannot judge how a soul stands THESE TIMES, APRIL, 1955 before God, and it is not wise to try. (Matthew 7:1.) No other human being can know one's thoughts. Especially are we unable to judge the thoughts of one in his last illness. The wisest thing to do is to trust our beloved dead to God, knowing that He is a loving Father, who will save everyone who can possibly be saved. (2 Peter 3:9.) Then let us be comforted in hope. "I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. . . . Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 18. 3. The Bible says, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7. The spirit is with God until the resurrection at Christ's coming. The spirit is the breath of life that God gave to man when He created him. (Genesis 2:7.) See also Job 27:3; 32:8; 33:4; 34:14, 15. That breath of life returns to God, and the body returns to the chemical elements of which it is composed. The dead are not conscious. (Psalm 146:3, 4; Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10.) lore than sixty times in the Bible death is called a sleep. Send for This 'zee Bible Correspondence for Busy People (John 11:11, 13, 14, and elsewhere.) The record of men's bodies is kept in God's book. (Psalm 139:16.) Their breath of life is safe with God until He returns it to them at the resurrection. Read the whole of 1 Corinthians 15. 4. It is cruel and un-Christlike for anyone to say that those who die in suffering cannot be saved. The Bible teaches nothing like that. This world is a place of suffering because of sin, and we all must share that suffering; but it is not because we are unsaved or are any worse than anyone else that we suffer. (Luke 13:1-5; John 9:1-3.) God never intended suffering; it has come because of the sin of Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3.) But God will use the sufferings of this life to discipline us and mold and form our )) characters. "Trials are God's workmen, someone has said. 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