Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 14. July 24, 1952
The World Not Lost!
The World Not Lost!
Sir,—In reply to the honest but rather inconsistent G.A. of your last issue I would like to answer in the friendly tone of a concerned counsellor who has himself felt the same as G.A.
1. Christianity takes little thought of the human race! Perfectly right! Christianity deals with the true person—the complete individual (I wonder has G.A. met the true G.A. yet?) and is basically a religion of the heart.
2. "Modern education has taught us. . . ." Does G.A. think that the 1st Century Greek universities or those of the Renaissance did no teach men to reason, infer and deduct? Does he think that Christians (now at a peak of advance) have not come into contact with modern education? Come, come G.A.
3. Christians jam a belief down G.A.'s throat! Christianity presents facts: the fact of all men's sin, the fact that Jesus said He was God and able to forgive sin, the Fact that men have found this forgiveness. The Facts are presented: the belief lies with you G.A.
4. "Besides the Bible . . . existence of God?" If G.A. really (and I doubt it) needs anything besides his well studied Bible I would refer him to the readily accessible books in any bookshop in town or to the BR-BX section of our library. Yes, I agree with G.A. "Any rational being must think seriously about the pros and cons of religion."
5. "Why not believe in the Koran?" Well. Mohammed did not claim to be God, nor to forgive sin, nor have Moslems experienced salvation but only a way of life.
Good advice does often come from the worst men; in fact many of the worst would advice G.A. to become a Christian even though they themsieves hadn't the courage to face their own sin.
When G.A. was a child, I wonder what he relied on for comfort when he fell off his trike that day. Wasn't it "immaterial" trust?—wasn't it "immaterial" love?—or was it the feel, look and smell of his comforter?