Not long ago a panel
of outstanding young people conducted an interesting discussion
on a network broadcast. They were searching for a basis of morality
and social conduct a code to live by.
Floundering along in
a mass of words, they failed to arrive at a criterion of right
and wrong, or to set positive guidelines. Not once did they appeal
to the final authority of the Word of God.
in absolute terms, their conclusions rested upon the relative
idea: Rightness of actions must be weighed by the consequences
whether it would injure or disturb another.
Such thinking is common
today. Perhaps you too have sought for a code to live by in human
concepts and philosophies, and have been disappointed. Or you
have looked for the answer in psychological theories and mores
of culture. But such standards are only adequate to the extent
that they are based on a righteous law.
Maybe you, like thousands
of others, have relied on a church creed for rules of conduct.
Often you may have found these formulas of faith helpful, but
their influences extend only as far as their authority is accepted
and their claims appropriated.
Or possibly you have
tried to let your conscience be your guide, only to observe that
this inner monitor varied according to the individual and his
It is not God's will
that His crowning creation drift with the tides of human ideas
and opinion. He has given reliable directives for all of us in
His holy Word. Read its pages with an open heart and mind and
you will know God's highest plan for man.
The Bible leaves no
question as to the basic concepts of morality and of social behavior.
It plainly says, "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which
is good" (Romans 12:9), and defines both evil and good in clear
Because it does not
give them license to follow their own selfish wills and fleshly
desires, many people prefer to overlook the claims of the Word
of God, neglect its precepts, and refuse its guidance. But the
Book has stood the test of time and human experience for centuries,
and it will live on. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass away."
goals have been achieved on steppingstones of truth. And the roots
of successful, enduring society are firmly embedded in its teaching.
Its principles satisfy
the seeking heart as nothing else has ever done. It offers a basis
for strong convictions and character. Its prophecies are fulfilled
to the minutest detail, and its promises are reliable. Best of
all, it recommends a living, loving Savior to fallen man
One who is mighty to save!
Dear confused friend,
in these days of uncertain standards and quicksand morality, God's
Word is still the only reliable code to live by. Begin by accepting
Christ who is the Word "made flesh," and base your life upon the