THE 20TH CENTURY

The 20th Century’s Progress…

“Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have too many men of science; too few men of Sermon on the mount. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we do about peace. We are always ready for war, than we are ready to make peace. We know more about killing than we do about living. This is what our century is boasting about… This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and progress.”- Unknown

I wonder: why is it so hard to make peace and to love, yet easier to incite and make war? Why is it also easy to manipulate each other against other regions, religions, races, tribes and ethnic groups?

Today, huge investments are made towards making and importing more sophisticated- guns, explosives, cars, phones, expensive jewelleries/clothings, etc. Rather than using these resources to produces enough- food, clean water, health facilities, affordable & standard education, and other necessities that will greatly enhanced life to glorify God. We create things we can live without to destroy/replace things we can’t live without. Can we survive without cars, jewelleries or guns? On the other hand: Can we survive without food and water?

The world still needs to look deep, think deep and find out Why we (ordinary mortals) have decided to take the place of God in the lives of our fellow men; to dictate who lives or dies? These days, the man with the gun is the bravest but in reality, the bravest men are those who instead of destroying more lives have found it more honourable to undergo all kinds of tortures (physically, mentally and spiritually) to save at least a single life. Some were assassinated and some even to the point of being crucified after undergoing various kinds of painful experiences from both friends and foes.

Every soul on earth, carries with it a great destiny. And to kill one, is to destroy the healing that such a soul has brought to heal that part of the world he was sent by the Creator to heal, comfort and transform. Respect every single life!

One’s religion,tribe, race or country is not necessarily a criteria for being good, but the content of one’s heart. That is why every religion, tribe, race or nation have both good and bad people. We can only chose which side we want to belong. I think there are basically two kinds of people on earth regardless of any religion or race:

1) The Good-Hearted-people
2) The Evil- Hearted-people

We’ve fallen so much in love with the desire to be in power and control other people that we lose connection with our heart which is the centre of our existence (Proverbs 4:23).

So, we should never allow ourselves to look down on other people’s beliefs, religion, race, country, etc. Because if we are good enough, people will admire us enough to learn something from us without having to force, intimidate or cause unnecessary wars. If I claim I’m good fine, but me always criticising your religion is not what will make me good, but what God will say of me when I’m finally gone (dead).

The most casualties in wars are children and mothers who are the most innocent. If you’ve never experience it or fallen a victim, you’ll NEVER COMPLETELY understand. But you can feel it closely, if your heart can feel other’s pains without necessarily being them.

May we never be misled or manipulated into turning against each other just because of some differences. That we all have the same image of One Creator is enough similarity to overcome our differences. Let GOD be our main focus and Judge, not we or the world.

Have a Nice Day!!

-Egba Terry

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