Q: If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be? I suppose in some ways the world is a better place than it was a few centuries ago, but when I look at today's headlines it doesn't seem like we've made any progress, does it? -- M.M.
A: You're right; in spite of advances in science and technology, we face the same problems today that the human race has faced throughout history: wars, famines, conflicts, immorality, loneliness, irrational evil -- the list is almost endless. The Bible's diagnosis is still true: "Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7).
What is our basic problem? The basic problem is within us -- within our own hearts and minds. Even if we invent things that will bring great benefit to the human race, evil minds will use them to bring great destruction. How else can you explain (for example) those who hack our computers or distribute dangerous drugs that can kill thousands? The prophet Jeremiah was right: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).
If I could change one thing about the world, it would be our hearts and minds. But I can't do that, and neither can anyone else -- except God. This is why we need Christ, for only He can change us from within by His Holy Spirit. And this can happen, as we turn to Him and invite Him to come into our lives as our Savior and Lord.
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Yes, we live in a world that's often chaotic, and even evil. But in the midst of it we can have peace, as we turn to Christ for the forgiveness and new life we need. Why not invite Christ into your life today?
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