A letter to Christians

To the editor:

Recent article in the Gazette Editorial page ended with a sentence: “Science and scientific progress are what pushes us towards the future in the right direction.” Yes, our everyday life is easier, but in the midst of new discoveries and vast knowledge … and things, are we not also being deceived and robed? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Russian intellectual, saw this as a great danger: “Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the process loses his soul.”

During the past hundred years that mankind has witnessed two world wars; and as of today, the third one is on its way. At what point do we, the educated ones, have enough evidence to believe that rational science and natural religious longings with holiness-rules cannot tame the sinful human heart. The more these practices are accepted and applied the less we know what God is alike and more savage will our hearts become (Bible, 2 Timothy 3).

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Hindu reformer; educated in India and England; leader in India) named the “seven deadly sins” as: “Wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; commerce without morality; science without humanity; worship without sacrifice; politics without principle.” Gandhi, with his profound insight into human problems, however, did not embrace Jesus and the good news of his cross as God’s wisdom and power to save and heal man. Why? Instead of looking to Jesus only, he, like many others, ended up evaluating Christianity through the lives of the self-serving worldly Christians while in England. Christians. We are being observed and evaluated, and are often seen as hypocrites. Our shortcomings, especially when excused (Galatians 5:13), hurts the cause and call of God who paid the ransom for our souls and wants all people to be saved.

Arvo Onermaa