CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: A wonderful future ahead

News broadcasts on television and radio can be depressing.

So many times recently I have heard the words: “The world is in a mess!”

There are conflicts of all kinds escalating throughout nations, while brutality, greed and neglect surround us and natural disasters seem to be more common.

It seems the problems of the future are almost overwhelming, too.

Those in a position to know the facts are publicly saying that things are not nearly as bad as they seem, but privately say they are worse.

Public officials take the approach to our national problems of keeping the unpleasant truth quiet as long as possible.

Reading my Bible has me believe things may only get worse, and days ahead be even more difficult – but our Lord has not left us without hope.

It is when we face the frightening prospects of our future that we find common ground with Jesus’ disciples.

As Christians, like the disciples, we may fear the future as we face the trials life can bring.

However we need not lose hope as we are told God will use any suffering to further us along the road to eternal life.

We are promised that as we share God in the world through word and action we can be assured of a wonderful future with Him in heaven.

The Rev Marion Mashiter

St Mark’s Church, Natland

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4:33pm Fri 23 May 14

kendal brat says...

Hi Marian. Do you not think that the world would be in less of a mess if all religions didn't exist?

It's a pointless question because ancient 'ignorant' humanity always had a need to create religions to provide answers, comfort, control, hope, and to assuage our fears of death. This is exemplified by all the thousands of religions that have been invented throughout different parts of the world, all with their own local variation on a theme.

But now that humanity has grown up, and has acquired the intellect to bravely throw off the shackles of religion, do you not think that the world has the potential to be a much nicer place, with nice people doing nice things for true altruistic reasons, rather than doing them in a vain attempt to please the imaginary god of their culture?
Hi Marian. Do you not think that the world would be in less of a mess if all religions didn't exist? It's a pointless question because ancient 'ignorant' humanity always had a need to create religions to provide answers, comfort, control, hope, and to assuage our fears of death. This is exemplified by all the thousands of religions that have been invented throughout different parts of the world, all with their own local variation on a theme. But now that humanity has grown up, and has acquired the intellect to bravely throw off the shackles of religion, do you not think that the world has the potential to be a much nicer place, with nice people doing nice things for true altruistic reasons, rather than doing them in a vain attempt to please the imaginary god of their culture? kendal brat
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