"Men have forgotten God"
On the same day that Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian-born Nobel Prize winner, was presented with the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, he addressed many of Britain’s leading political and religious leaders, including the then Archbishop of Canterbury.
"Over half a century ago," stated Solzhenitsyn, "while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen
"And if I were called upon to identify the principal trait of the entire twentieth century," Solzhenitsyn continued, "I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God’"
As a result...
Besides the onslaught of godless Communism, under which Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned and tortured, among some of the other tragic consequences of men forgetting God in the 20th Century have been World Wars I and II, followed by the division of Eastern Europe, the Korean, Vietnam, Middle-East, and endless other wars, growing terrorism, and the threat of total annihilation through nuclear warfare.
The history of the Jewish people as recorded in the Bible, and indeed of all the world, has repeatedly shown that when individuals and nations forget God, they ultimately lead themselves to self-destruction.
Every year Christmas comes around to call us to remember God and to turn back to him, as individuals - to save us from eternal damnation, and as nations - to save us from self-destruction.
Peace on earth?
The message, repeated on countless Christmas cards each year, that the angels brought to the humble shepherds was 'peace on earth', and if there is one common cry amongst people everywhere it would be a cry for peace - but who is prepared to enlist the services of Jesus, the Prince of Peace to achieve it?
Where's the answers?
You’d think that by now, people who’ve forgotten God and turned their backs on him because they consider they don't need such outdated philosophies, would be able to say they have all the answers to the world’s problems. Instead, despite all the advances of modern science and education, mankind is no better at living together in peace and harmony today than in medieval times.
The 20th Century was, in fact, the most violent ever!
But there is an answer
God has an answer - Jesus! His birth was heralded by the angels as bringing peace on earth. But his is a peace that begins in our hearts because, even if all the nations of the world were to walk down the aisle arm in arm, and all the world’s weapons were dismantled, you and I could still be awake all night with a troubled mind. Conflicts, global or local aren't caused by some irrational force. They're caused through our own selfishness and our own internal conflicts.
Yes, peace on earth
The peace we all need most is firstly that which, despite our circumstances or what’s happening in the world around us, gives us inner peace of mind, and freedom from the worry, tension, stress and anxiety, and the fear of others that plague so many lives today.
Thousands strive for this peace of mind through philosophies and religion.
God offers it to you as a gift through Jesus!
This is the peace that the angels were singing about - the Peace of God - which can bring healing to our troubled minds and bodies, release from guilt, restoring us to wholeness of body, mind and spirit through receiving his forgiveness, peace and love.
This then enables us to live at peace with others.
God offers you His peace
First, to know peace with God himself through his son Jesus, and receive his gift of life for ever. Then to know his peace filling your life as you accept his forgiveness and love, allowing him to set you free from rejection, fears, hurts, resentments, and so many things that can destroy our lives.
Don't miss it
When Christ came the first time, people didn’t recognise him because he didn’t come the way they expected him to come. And they missed not only the opportunity of a lifetime but also of an eternity!
God's wake up call
Don’t miss God's wake-up calls when they come to you at times like Christmas, and respond to Christ’s call to you to receive him as your Saviour and Lord.
C. S. Lewis said…
C. S. Lewis, one of the great thinkers of the last century, was a professor at
Perhaps you could become a 'dejected and reluctant convert' too.
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