What causes man to riot and rebel? What causes man to clean up afterwards?
For generations, thoughtful people have tried to understand and explain the inward nature of man. The philosopher Mencius asserted that man’s nature is intrinsically good, whereas Xun Zi insisted that man’s nature is wayward and evil. However, neither of these schools of thought adequately describes the complexities of human nature.
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Recent events have caused us to pay close attention to the current situation in the world. Newspapers are full of bad news, and prisons are full of criminals. Society is corrupt, people are suffering from sickness and poverty, and we are riding on an economic rollercoaster. Intelligent people try to tackle these problems, but everywhere we look there are more problems. Why are there so many problems in the world, and what is the solution to these problems?
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Many people are seeking rest. We look forward to the end of the day, to weekends, and even to holidays. Yet even when our body rests physically, our mind and our heart are often not at rest. And then, on Monday, we have to return to school or to work. How can we find true rest, complete satisfaction, and full enjoyment?
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Have you ever wondered if God can be contacted? To many of us God is abstract and far away. Even the Bible confirms that God dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16
). Yet the Bible also tells us that we, as human beings, can contact and receive God and become His children (John 1:12
). How can we reconcile this apparent paradox?
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