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14 The Human Voice

16 Love Your
By Wilhelmina Dunbar
Enemy? How we use it to praise God and bless others
By Denis Kaiser
One hundred years ago a war in
Europe pitted believers against
20 Image or Caricature?


By Jens O. Mohr

Thank God we are created in His image.


The Battle

By Ted N. C. Wilson
24 From Exclusion to Inclusion


By Glenn O. Phillips
Why we refuse to take up arms
How a little island became a great witness

12 Heart Religion


By Raúl Quiroga
When outward behavior corresponds to
inner conviction


3 W O R L D R E P O R T 22 S P I R I T O F P R O P H E S Y 2 7 B I B L E S T U D Y
3 News Briefs Faith and Doctrine, Law Salvation’s High Cost
6 News Feature and Testimony
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2 Adventist World | August 2014

Solemn Centenary

I t is one of the sad ironies of the modern age
that its dawn was announced, not with the dis-
covery of lifesaving medicines or the invention
of time-saving technologies, but with the deadly
staccato of machine guns and the slaughter of More Than 40,000 Expected at
millions of human beings.
For all the lessons we learned in primary
school about the medical advances contributed by
Evangelistic Series
nineteenth-century heroes like Pasteur and Lister,
and the transformation of human travel wrought
in Zimbabwe
by Karl Benz, Henry Ford, and the Wright brothers, ■■ Seventh-day Adventist leaders in
historians are nearly unanimous in seeing August Zimbabwe are preparing to welcome
1914 as the tragic announcement of the modern more than 40,000 people to a two-
world. As the first truly global conflict in human week evangelistic series next year.
history, World War I forever transformed human- The May 2015 event, which will
ity’s understanding of culture, politics, and even be held in Harare, the capital of the
theology. All optimistic notions of humanity’s southern African country, promises
progress toward a “golden millennium” of peace to be one of the most ambitious

M u s v o s v i
and prosperity expired in the muddy battlefields efforts to share Jesus under the
of the Somme, Verdun, and the Ardennes. The auspices of the world church’s
lethal weapons that historian Barbara Tuchman “Mission to the Cities” initiative.
immortalized as “the guns of August” have in Jonathan Musvosvi, president of

J u d i t h
some sense never stop their horrible roaring, the East Zimbabwe Conference,
projecting us into the bloodiest century by far in which is organizing the event, said MAN ON A MISSION:

o f
human experience. the evangelistic series would begin Jonathan Musvosvi, president

c o u r t e s y
When that terrible conflict erupted a century with world church president Ted of the East Zimbabwe
ago, the young Seventh-day Adventist Church, just N. C. Wilson speaking to business- Conference, standing outside
51 years old, found its members conscripted into people and government officials at
the conference’s headquarters
the armies of opposing nations. With the biblical the Harare International Conference
commandment “Thou shalt not kill” ringing in in Harare.
P h o t o
Center, an upmarket venue in the
their ears, young Adventists were forced against affluent section of Harare, for the
their consciences by various national governments first week.
to carry arms as combatants: those who refused “This is a segment of the population that is difficult for us to
suffered grievously in prisons and public shaming. reach, and where the church is not growing as fast and strong as we
As Adventist historian Denis Kaiser reports in this would like to see it,” Musvosvi said by e-mail.
month’s cover story, even some Adventist leaders Conference leaders are looking at working with wealthy Adventists
of the era unwisely promoted bearing arms as a to invite people to the meetings, similar to what was done for “Hope
sign of patriotism. Manila 2014: iCare,” a two-week evangelistic series that resulted in
On a solemn anniversary for the world, we more than 3,000 baptisms in the Philippine capital in May 2014.
who wait for the soon coming of the Prince of For the second week, the evangelistic series will move to the
Peace do well to renew our covenant of loyalty to 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in a densely populated area of
the Lord whose claim on our lives far outweighs Harare, Zimbabwe’s largest city with a population of 1.6 million.
the emotions stirred by love of country or political “We expect attendance to be in the range of 40,000,” Musvosvi said.
philosophy. He in whom “all things hold together” Zimbabwe has reeled amid political and economic instability for
(Col. 1:17, NRSV)* will soon establish His king- much of the past decade, a reality that Musvosvi said has made the
dom, and “of the increase of his government and time ripe for the 2015 evangelistic series.
peace there shall be no end” (Isa. 9:7, KJV). “Yes, we have passed through our political and economic turmoil,
* Bible texts credited to NRSV are from the New Revised
but this has caused us to turn to God,” he said. “The people’s receptiv-
Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the ity to the gospel is high.”
Division of Christian Education of the National Council of
the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. — by Andrew McChesney
Continued on next page

August 2014 | Adventist World 3

and Gabriel Maurer. Adventists in France. leaders of the Inter-European Division heard at an Executive Committee spring session held at Italian Adventist College Villa Aurora in Florence. Dental Hygiene to China Republic and Bulgaria in the east to tinue donating in order to spread the ■■ China’s first dental hygiene France and Portugal in the west. Christ and His soon return. an amount similar to 2012. ure at 60 percent. presented the dental care in the country. where tithe has School of Dentistry congratulating Oliver Zhang Yi at her graduation from the dropped about 20 percent over the dental hygiene program. good news of the salvation we find in program. on the percentage of by the Chinese government. Giving declined significantly in OFFERING CONGRATULATIONS: The director of the dental clinic at Sir Run economically troubled countries such Run Shaw Hospital. a joint venture of Loma helped stabilize the overall figure. 30 percent in five years. program. Larry Wu (left). “We have to seriously consider this trend. Belgium. Early indications put the fig. continues to bless our church mem- which stretches from the Czech bers in a special way so that they con.” Zens told Linda University School of Dentistry Zens said. and Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital. Zens said. but about 40 percent of them do not attend worship services regularly. past five years. Tithe returned in 2013 totaled 100 million euros (US$135 million). meeting with a first report. tithe given by the May 25-27 meeting.WORLD REPORT European Tithe Grows Despite Economic Turmoil ■■ Many Seventh-day Adventists across the 20 countries of Europe comprising the church’s Inter- European Division are giving more in tithe. a challenge that Adventist leaders pledged to tackle. For example. although Although not officially recognized What is especially significant is incomplete. setting up a strategy to help our members to be more consistent in their participation. the most recent on May 4. Italy. graduated from the groundbreaking member. two that most of the growth is from an church members who regularly attend classes of dental hygiene students have increase in tithe given by each church services. That means that an increase in “We are thankful to God that He Loma Linda Introduces tithing in other parts of the division.” Maurer said. the division’s hopes to change the way people view Luxembourg has increased by nearly executive secretary. — by Adventist Review staff 4 Adventist World | August 2014 . division treasurer Nor- bert Zens said in comments published L L UH on the division’s Web site. and Shirley Lee of Loma Linda University as Spain and Portugal.

Ninety percent of the Chinese gone from a pant size 56 to 34. exercises as hard as he can at the gym. can apply for nine months of another room and picked up the studies at Loma Linda University unhurt girl.m. mit. reached a people who have only cavities. who was eight months employed at the hospital’s dental pregnant at the time. Arianna. He began by playing directors. Loma Linda BEFORE AND AFTER: Kelvin Santana. “We will continue to grow and contest that awarded a cash prize and with a story of how his love for God help others learn about the program. rushed in from clinic. and that percent of his body fat. top. August 2014 | Adventist World 5 . morning routine that has become his University Health when he weighed 320 pounds and today.” she said. He also modified mutual collaboration that we see the his eating habits. who have been Santana’s wife. sobbing tember 2015. play a huge part in all of my success. said “I have definitely seen God’s hand low point in his life two years ago Claudine Stevenson.” Stevenson said. He eventually adopted a new — by Courtney Beckwith.” Santana said in an inter- School of Dentistry teacher who men- view published in the June issue of tored the recent graduating class. lifestyle: He wakes up at 5:00 a. to worship and meditate on a single S o u t h e r n T i d i n g s Bible verse. School of Dentistry. ences in Orlando. Graduate Lily Hong Li Li said she Adventist Who Lost “Seeing where he was before and hoped dental hygiene would take root where he is now has proven to other and grow not only in Hangzhou.” a feature article in a magazine. or pounds of muscle. the official magazine She said two people would be for the Southern Union Conference of invited to study in California and Seventh-day Adventists.” when he saw his 21-month-old tal hygiene classes at Sir Run Run he said. who works with Santana at Adventist University of Health Sciences. afterward return to the Chinese hospi- Santana resolved at that moment tal to work as instructors and program to make changes. As he sought to roll over. who taught den.” she told Southern Tidings. then goes to Adventist University of Health Sciences. said many people are inspired by Santana’s weight loss. said Shirley Lee. help her. Florida. Jennifer Galeana. fall on her face on Shaw Hospital. Southern Tidings. hand of God at work. 117 Pounds Inspires staff members that this is something where the hospital is located. but also His Community anyone can do as long as they com- throughout China. lost 35 Kelvin Santana. a like a child. basketball once a week and later “It is through this full circle of joined a local gym. starting in Sep- “There I was on the floor. He has and his daughter got him in shape. an employee at population has gum disease. The 23 graduates. daughter.” she competitions and won a weight-loss Adventist university and many others said. ■■ A Florida man who lost 117 “I am very proud to be one of the Santana has participated in various pounds is inspiring coworkers at his first dental hygienists in China. — by Adventist Review staff a tile floor at home. where he has worked for the past four years. “In China. dentists are visited only He struggled unsuccessfully to get to have teeth extracted. when people his 320-pound body off the couch to are in pain. and gained 23 Adventist University of Health Sci- figure does not include children.

which were coupled with a “But when Minnie heard Elder two weeks of meetings with an audi. which has a going around and around looking for Hope” presentations on the end-time population of 11. we have at an evangelistic series in 2009. other visiting “It was on the last day of Hope ing this because he explained the truth Adventists simultaneously conducted Manila when Elder Wilson said. 3ABN is a privately nated in Wilson’s arrival for what he Manlapas. Peter Ted .” brought several affluent friends. a team of said. joined the church under the auspices poster child for an evangelistic ing affluent people. news editor. Manlapas said. in the past. Adventist Review WORLD REPORT The Adventist Church reaches out to the often-neglected upper class with a major With Manila’s Rich and evangelistic initiative. and musicians. sion director for the church’s Southern meetings led by Seventh-day Adventist Bible studies. a Sri 6 Adventist World | August 2014 . Barbero. daily wellness program by Dr.’” prophecies of the book of Revelation A total of 3. more than 10.8 million.000 encouraged well-connected church “This was a special effort to reach a baptisms in the Philippine capital. Meanwhile. . sometimes “our reflex is we don’t Ramos. a registered nurse. Manila’s bustling health coach. very well. members like Barbero-Ramos to class of society that has been neglected The businesswoman. and other motives. other countries fanned out across the Angel Manlapas.” Barbero-Ramos said Those and other efforts culmi. .” said Venn. actors. because he is our president. the Adventist Church. Philippines. her ence of national lawmakers.” she said our teachings. which encom- world church president Ted N. and other events in the Asia-Pacific Division. run-up to Wilson’s visit.” Barbero-Ramos said. main evangelistic endeavors of 2014: meetings. I am say. series that resulted in more than 3. May 17. Doug Venn. efforts of Majintha Gunatilake. the truth. Lourdes invite friends to the evangelistic series. Sri Lanka. organizers of Hope Manila. As Wilson spoke. health ministries director of voice trailing off.000 attended the meetings because of the cially with the city’s leading business. Venn But she didn’t go alone. “I like “It wasn’t hard to bring her. I had been exploring because she watches 3ABN and knows with them in upscale cafes. to befriend young meetings conducted by Wilson. By Andrew McChesney.” a yearlong. Combined with another 7. Unfortunately. baptisms since the start of the year. in a Skype interview. marked the highlight of “Hope tized at meetings over the first three She was baptized by Wilson on Manila 2014: iCare. Five prominent businesspeople with the people of Manila.” evangelistic meetings at 75 other sites you are a truth seeker and have been Wilson’s nightly “Revelation of in metropolitan Manila. Vietnam. attended the weeknight known television comedian. C.000 new members have woman could serve as the Realizing the complexity of reach. US$1. owned satellite television channel run has identified as one of the church’s decided to be baptized at Wilson’s by Adventists. said E. in the weeks and Asian countries. professionals and hold Bible studies the lifestyle. Sabbaths of May.2 million project to share Jesus an organizer of Hope Manila. who was baptized by Wilson 100 volunteers aged 18-25 from the care about the individual. ‘If very. Adventism for a couple years. months before the meetings. Wil. C o u r t e s y o f R u d o lp h A l b e r t E s e r M a s i n a s A prominent Manila business­ people and politicians. and espe. Adventist Mis- Barbero-Ramos. business Landless. by telephone. 45. a nationally city of Makati. a personal including Minnie Aguilar. then God is calling you. financial district. “I’m not saying this owners.152 people were bap. passes the Philippines and 13 other son in Manila. attended the May 4-17 as well as to attend wellness seminars.

said befriending She sees a great need for Adventist laypeople to work one-on-one with the wealthy people is the first step toward pastors capable of interacting with the wealthy. I can give you a return of investment again?” Barbero-Ramos said by phone her to embrace the seventh-day Sabbath that no business can give.” she said. find me. I found you through the Internet . C o u r t e s y o f Lo u r d e s Manila Business Leader Ba r b e r o . a meeting at a cafe with food. She said successful Adventist inviting them to attend meetings such as wealthy. those led by world church president Ted N. no matter out about Adventists. share Jesus with them. said Lourdes Barbero-Ramos. and they century. and that a lack of such pastors. He also aroused the curiosity of “We need more time with them. business leaders could lead the way. “Ear. to convince the businessmen to study Gunatilake had high hopes that all teers who received Hope Manila train. “I was 55 when I found boldly. and Wilson in May. But that is far from the end. and a Asked by e-mail how he had managed Bible study group was born. PREACHING IN MANILA: Some 13. “I was a Catholic for more than a half personal contacts and the ability to speak nosed. savvy. Barbero-Ramos suggested and plays a leading role in reaching out have to be like them.Ram o s Shares Secrets for Reaching Those Who Are Rich Sharing Jesus with those who are rich from Manila.” she said.” n friends and three of whom he met Seeing the interest. and try they’re my friend. he replied. how well meaning intentions. won’t respond to just anybody. “That’s my big burden. the friend arranged through a local Adventist pastor. Barbero-Ramos said be. at least in Manila. but will they come no Adventist pastor managed to persuade me.” Barbero-Ramos.000 Powerful people attending the “Revelation of Hope” series at the Cuneta Astrodome in Manila on May 17. the Bible with him. who joined the “In order to communicate with the Short of raising up a new generation Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2009 affluent. seven of his new friends would accept ing from the church’s International nest prayers really work!” Jesus before he leaves Manila. with seven business leaders—four of Bible-based PowerPoint presentation Soon I believe we shall be able to reap whom he met through their Adventist through a mutual Adventist friend.’ ” August 2014 | Adventist World 7 . you have to talk like they talk. The pastors didn’t a prominent Filipino businesswoman. Using her own we must be the best salesman that we can “They come the first day because story as an example. ‘Test me. Lankan national and one of 100 volun. “God said. all of them. C. including their families.” Gunatilake initially worked closely three businessmen by sending them a he said. You of pastors. Field School of Urban Evangelism. “But the work is in progress. and intelligent. had made it difficult to “This church is God’s business. and powerful is a challenge that requires Successful people tend to be hard.” she said that one option might be asking capable to Manila’s upper class.” through a personal appeal. 2014.

was drafted into the German trained in their use.”1 required active military duty. . . military would be forced to compromise their loyalty to God if they obeyed the com- Battle mands of their officers. ways to be faithful to God while serv- of arms in combat. (b) ser- vice in the medical department of any of the armed forces . C. Many others have been able a faithful Seventh-day Adventist in require them to bear arms or to be to take civil service positions in lieu of Germany. and the sixth—not to kill. But by 1864 the young church had successfully appealed to the United States federal government for an official designation of noncombatancy. As with other difficult questions. army. in the military? updated through the years. Since that time their country’s military. provided that such doctors. non. or (c) any ing and restoration. This position. When sent 8 Adventist World | August 2014 .S. the pioneer leaders studied the issues using the Bible as their guide. Franz earned their drafted into the military to serve in combatancy options are not available. Officially organized in 1863 during the height of the U. other assignment is acceptable to the sionals in the armed services of their During World War II.S. other assignment of the primary func. and con- cluded that the position most consis- tent with biblical principles was non- combatancy (the conscientious objec- tion to bearing arms). thousands of Adventist men and these young believers have sought for tion of which does not require the use women have served as medics. Wilson were the fourth—to keep the Sabbath holy. . individual concerned and does not countries. Even then. Franz Hasel. however. and Adventists are required to serve in manship during training. Suffering all kinds of taunts and By taking an official position of abuse from his fellow soldiers and noncombatancy. the new denomination almost immediately had to wrestle with how its members would respond to the call to arms. The two Bible By commandments most directly involved Ted N. ing their country. respect through his excellent marks- positions where they could bring heal.W O R L D V I S T A T he question of military service came up early in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. the church opened Conscripted Service commanding officers because of his the way for its members who were In some countries. nurses. faithfulness to God. A Position of Noncombatancy For a time Seventh-day Adventist congregations helped their young men avoid conscription by paying a com- Should Adventists serve mutation fee of $300. states that “noncombatant service” means “(a) service in any unit of the armed forces which is unarmed at all times. The primary reason for this position was that the Adventists serving in the U. and other medical profes. Civil War.

” individual. secretary. during a sions can be made with a maximum battle on the island of Okinawa. not to serve in the military and bear line knots. science and behavior of both. The breaking out Advent Review and Sabbath Herald. some people including those serving in the military. Franz was one of them. However. the try could bestow—the U. 2004 film The Conscientious Objector.”4 In the Pacific theater 16-year-old where there will be Heroic Conscientious Objector Sigeharu Suzuki was drafted into the Probably the best-known Seventh- Japanese Navy.2 kingdom to come. relate to 1950s. where he was assigned no more wars. who served as a evening. not been hidden: in the most public individual Seventh-day Adventists. addresses “Genuine Christianity manifests lished three years after the close of this question in his book. put God first.”3 constant enemy fire. of his fellow soldiers during a fierce Twenty years after the war. tist grandmother had taught him to do but it does seek to inform the con. however. sional Medal of Honor. Each wounded man was ever your name appeared on the flight arms is left to the conscience of the lowered to safety. voluntary cal concept of noncombatancy. and position.” the retired com. Conference. lower- “Every night I saw you shining your conscientious objection to bearing ing each one on a rope-supported lit- fellow soldiers’ boots. tained their historic witness in favor have a desire to serve their country as and to their families. This act of courage earned Des- Voluntary Military Service tary for reasons that include the bibli. church leaders peri- and as a worldwide church. only now and in His Adventists to advocate a noncomba- seven survived the Russian front. gov. less of the decision the individual objectors to ever receive this honor. using double bow- pany commander told him. August 2014 | Adventist World 9 . behind to polish his buddies’ boots. Of but to save them causes Seventh-day the 1. The denomina. position is that of noncombatancy— wounded soldiers one by one. makes. I put it at the end of the list. and one of only three conscientious countries. Note this open letter. “and when. As incentives to serve. care and support to all of its members. common with other religious bodies. “Though the Seventh-day Adventist of war among men in no way alters the church’s official paper. not encourage people to join the mili. Each was Desmond Doss. that action reads: of Peace. is best known for saving the lives of 75 something good whenever he could. pub- tist Chaplaincy Ministries. while the official church seek cover.200 soldiers in his unit. in church membership. Corporal Doss. It was Church advocates a noncombatant the Christian’s supreme allegiance and signed by the president. any member or military commander. replacing it with a Jesus can bring. Sigeharu stayed ing World War II. and other challenges. includ. of peace and noncombatancy an expression of patriotism or their throughout the 151 years of the political values. military service. this world not to destroy men’s lives carved piece of wood in his holster. Sigeharu learned Thus. arms—the decision as to whether or ter he had devised. In addi. Seventh-day Adventists have main- tion to these benefits. ernments offer many benefits. tant position. This position has The question is: How should we as The official church position of non. pacifism. Congres- rather than conscripted military ser. director of Adven. combatancy was reaffirmed in the manner possible. Seventh-day itself in good citizenship and loyalty World War I on the inside cover of the Adventists in Military Service: to civil government. peace that only “This partnership with God Franz secretly threw his army-issued through Jesus Christ who came into pistol into a lake. Position Reaffirmed church’s existence. Regard. the church is committed to ing scholarships. tion does not act as the conscience for whose heroic story was told in the Why? Because his Seventh-day Adven. and again in an action voted at odically have called on world leaders voluntary military service? the 1972 Annual Council of the General to avoid conflicts and seek the Prince Gary Councell. He was the first vice has been the option in many vance. We have to pray for peace—the to the front lines in Russia.S. mond Doss the highest honor his coun- In more recent times. day Adventist noncombatant soldier to the infamous kamikaze unit. and more. but instead carried the how shining boots had saved his life. In part. ministering and providing pastoral The Witness of Peace financial bonuses. 35 feet below the register. difficulty to obtain full Sabbath obser. career training. the church does ridgetop where the battle raged. Under reunion of the surviving members of of understanding and thought. or responsibility to God or modifies their treasurer of the General Conference: noncombatancy are not tests of obligation to practice their beliefs and “As Seventh-day Adventists. Doss refused to the kamikaze unit. while his fellow military pilots medic in the United States Army dur- went out drinking. so deci.

and rice. cashews. Md. Fush. and eagerly drilled holes for screws. and of our experience as sub. and “And God shall wipe away all tears danced joyfully around the cooking fire as the church rose beside them. 4  Official position on noncombatancy. wherever we are in the world. 1921. Guests included neighbors who to pray for each other. doubling or tripling the size peace and our coming King. around the world. It was a party. org/noncombatancy. delivering copies 1  From the Seventh-day Adventist official position on of The Great Controversy door to door. Assn. 2011). and in steel. we have Angola. and it is bringing new life to the ing.600 buildings have been constructed Adventist Church. moved scaffolding. These stories come from Maranatha storyteller Dick Duerksen. and for service were selling cashews and greens at their roadside stand. Daniel. country voluntarily. whether they have been boot and a sandal. And most of all. A Thousand Shall Nearly every congregation needs a new building! Fall (Hagerstown. Since the project’s launch in August 2009. While the world the building prior is engaged in battles that can be seen. We are forced to this view by the very logic of our FRAMEWORK: belief in Him who is the Prince of Members and Peace. prepare to be people of prayer. the tall man with a members. C. beans.. 21:4. Ted N.W O R L D V I S T A A we strongly favor a limitation of armaments. We have Everyone was invited. with Maylan Schurch. where there Pathfinders marched beneath a giant cashew tree. pp. friends of the jects of His kingdom. Maranatha’s Angola crew—Eder. more dent of the Seventh-day than 1.gcnetadventist. There from their eyes. Periera. 31. Satan and his angels are bat- tling against each one of us. and there shall be no was a lot of water-carrying. People of Prayer As Seventh-day Adventists. and for the leaders of our countries. 2  See Susi Hasel Mundy. www-adventistchaplains- buildings the church has requested in the area of Angola’s capital city of org. then a dozen church members who lifted that only Jesus can bring now. pain: for the former things are passed Seventh-day Adventist congregations in Angola are keeping their away” (Rev. R i c h a r d D u e r k s e n We have to pray for our countries. 30. the Prince of in Luanda in 2013 brought in 24. Let us lift up membership secretaries working overtime. KJV). The women’s club brought fish.000 new members. greens. A citywide evangelistic campaign and proclaim Christ.gcnetadventist. 3  Gary R. and we have to pray for peace—the peace Mateo—were joined by seven. will be no more wars. more death. neighborhood. and modeling Christ’s kindness in the noncombatancy. neither shall there be any more Benficia community. His kingdom to come.: Review and Herald Pub. Members are giving Bible studies. neither sorrow. Wilson is presi. and if it were possible in the present state of society. Looks like 2014 is going to be Angola’s year of church-raising parties! ASI and Maranatha Volunteers International fund and facilitate One-Day building projects. a church-raising party. striving to at last claim this world as his own. Councell. the great controversy are going on every day. www-adventistchaplains-org. to it receiving many invisible but very real battles of walls and a roof. and four motocross bikers who stopped for a smoke break drafted or have chosen to serve their beneath the fresh shade of the church. nor cry. Seventh-day Adventists and Military Service The Benficia One-Day Church is the seventy-sixth of more than 400 (Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries.” Advent Review and Sabbath Herald. n of many congregations. Luanda alone! 5  “Address to President Harding. and everyone came. eight. 8. we would One-DayChurch A Party at Benficia! favor the abolition of all war among the nations of men. Even local race car drivers stopped. 2001).”5 Adventist Church in Benficia. 10 Adventist World | August 2014 . Ismael.

We’re not sure tion and colon cancer. August 2014 | Adventist World 11 . as of the colon and rectum is usually a of legumes and vegetables increases. with a significantly increased risk of ate-intensity exercise. and even in meat plant foods in the diet helps to diagnosed with this condition. Blood in the gynecologist. measure in people who have signifi- of age or younger. The daily use approximately 10 percent of cases emphasized the important causal rela. and this sign should never be had surgery. am I at increased risk of this disease? Is there anything I can do you notice blood in the stool. is director of the General of physical activity. and men tend to develop this be screened by having a colonoscopy. even if it cannot be Allan R. your physician. The risk is significantly briskly. but the scien. there is ever any blood in the stool. a board-certified high-fat diet. but Recently. a board-certified nuclear tal cancer. Although the only malignancies associated with and may be associated with gastric we’re seeing a decreased incidence of alcohol consumption. It’s more common in men than in oping colon cancer. Handysides My older brother has been diagnosed with colon (large bowel) cancer. All adults counterparts. it appears tific evidence regarding these is strong. This should colorectal cancer overall. use. Increasing the proportion of relative. but we’re not sure if there has been some spread already. your brother. I am ignored! Always seek medical advice if 48 years old. If abnormalities such as times increased risk of colon cancer. polyps are detected. Handysides. Landless and Allan R. especially in cant risk for colon cancer. irritation and bleeding. The daily of the age of your brother. n in the African American populations growths). be taken only in consultation with to be increasing in younger people. to decrease my chances of colon cancer? Other steps you could take include regular exercise. It also gives opportunity for changes—your life may depend on approximately five to 10 years earlier the removal of any polyps (small implementing wise choices. He’s cancer. smoking. you’re at sumption of red meat is associated least 150 minutes per week of moder- increased risk of colon cancer. which may predispose to than they do in their Caucasian the development of cancer. such as walking as you have a first-degree colon cancer. does cutting out meat and avoiding disease that occurs in the elderly. alcohol do an easy and nontouch test for the Conference Health Ministries Department. Some studies also cite seen (occult blood). a number of predisposing factors It’s also important to note whether associated with a diagnosis of colorec. of aspirin may also be a preventive occur in individuals who are 50 years tionship between alcohol consump. you first need to All this preventive advice reminds women. us of the wonderful health message kind of cancer on an average of five This test allows the physician to with which this church has been to 10 years earlier than do women. The con. but you men. and then every 10 years diagnosis places one at a two to three thereafter. lack There are test kits one can purchase to cardiologist. examine the inside of your colon and blessed. is a former director of the General the lack of dietary fiber. These include obesity. it may be advis- Scientific studies reveal that there are able to have this test every five years. aiming for at U nfortunately. stool indicates the possibility of bowel Conference Health Ministries Department. and individuals consuming a presence of blood. Seize the day and make the Large bowel cancers tend to occur rectum. Landless. should begin with screening at 50 Having a close relative with this years of age. Peter N. To decrease your chances of devel. large studies have again alcohol consumption. who has been lower in vegetarians. W O R L D H E A L T H Colon Cancer By Peter N. This and breast cancer are not consumption of aspirin is not benign fall into this age category. Cancer eaters it tends to drop as consumption reduce the risk of colon cancer.

It sounds like an echo from Isaiah: involving “spirit. and Paul: 12 Adventist World | August 2014 . In fact. all is well with my “physical” heart. heaven. for tomorrow we die” (Isa. In order to resolve this condition. Solomon. 5:23). I underwent surgery in 2002. God has granted my first request. at the age of 46. Often scientists are tized in the name of Jesus Christ as a sign of the forgiveness interested predominantly in the physical body and not in of my sins and my personal commitment to my Savior and service to the God who made the body. but not the Surgeon do what He does best. In due course I was bap. that I would Let the Master never need major surgery. and I am ever so thankful. many religions seem to preach that “heart” religion and not just talk about it. great importance on proper care of the body as well as of Another Heart Condition the spirit and soul. Seventh-day Adventists have a unique perspective in The Bible includes quite a number of heart-religion this respect. In 2002. the spiritual needs of our existence. least of all a child. aspects of life as well as its spiritual dimensions. the only the spirit and the soul are relevant for the kingdom of “heart” in the Bible seems to refer to one’s entire being. I asked God that I would never be involved in a serious car accident or run someone over. Until now. God had performed body.D E V O T I O N A L Heart By Raúl Quiroga Religion I remember two special prayer requests when I first began working as a pastor. second. We place Jeremiah. Thanks to God and my team of cardiologists and surgeons. “Let us eat and drink. soul. at the age of 20. foremost among them Moses. and body” (1 Thess. Modern medicine and science are very interested in surgery on my “spiritual” heart. 22:13). often to the exclusion of religion and tist and had discovered Scripture. my cardiologist told me that the constant palpitations and arrhythmias I was experiencing were the result of a congenital heart disease: a malformation called atrial septal defect (ASD). the human body. in 1977. First. and again in 2011. We recognize the importance of the physical theologians. I had met a young Adven. Second. not the body. On the other end His commandments. Scripture clearly calls us to practice of this continuum. “All your being” also includes the Yet earlier.

606 B. changed everything. there seems to be a reversal in the postmod. the expression of God’s character must be in the to God’s Word and most intimate. we realize the prominence of outward form over sub. We need genuine heart transformation Form and Substance that will make sense to people who watch us and interact When we look back into history. espe. much less if we profess loyalty tion is not a once-for-all surgery—it is a daily surrender to to God and His principles yet deny Him in our behavior. consider complete open-heart surgery by the Master Sur- August 2014 | Adventist World 13 . We become a geon. the Ten Com- mandments written in stone. c. All biblical theologians of true heart religion. They do not forgive hypocrisy. People are more concerned about real issues and ment of believers awaiting (and preaching) His soon not about forms of religious and cultural expressions. both affected by our Celestial Surgeon. and what we do.C. through- out history.C. 10:16 16. including the modern with us. Forceful Moses. If we do not heed their teaching. c. His law. as the many other transformations authenticity. 11:13 All of these specialists in heart religion teach us that it is essential to have the tablets of God’s law. daring Jeremiah. 2:1-3 Jeremiah 31:33 Hebrews 8:10. This transforma- cially with regard to religion. We need transformed hearts that are sensitive to God’s Word and His law. This new cultural paradigm emphasizes This transformation. all called God’s people in different periods to grandchildren. stored in the most intimate We need a transformed part of the sanctuary: the Most Holy Place. was part of God’s “show- for good and for evil. I am still grateful for my two heart surgeries that gave stance or internal values. I realize that without God’s skillful tor. indebted to God for my spiritual heart surgery. c. Postmoderns want to see consistency in what we say heart surgery everything else would have been meaningless. return. Proverbs 23:26. wise Solomon. What was true throughout history is still true today.D. Postmoderns are genuine and sincere. A. According to the biblical heart specialists. represented in the heart’s obedience to His commandments. mobile blessing. true heart religion would be the most effective mission tool to reach postmoderns and those looking for authenticity and genuineness. transformed a stony heart and made me part of a move- ern era. His influence and Spirit. Yet. era. and-tell” to the people that surround us. heart that is sensitive selves are not living sanctuaries with God’s law written on the tablets of our hearts. Looking back at that one moment in my life that Today it seems that people have a built-in sincerity detec. I am forever what could be seen—not what is invisible. highlighted the importance of an undivided Raúl Quiroga is a professor of Old Testament at River Plate University in Argentina.C. 1450 B. n Without a doubt. 970 B. when God However. 68 Deuteronomy 10:12. most central part of our being—our hearts. and married to Yoli and enjoys playing with his intrepid Paul. even more. But they also warn us of the fact that our religion is in vain if we our. It is wonderful to think that wherever God’s living sanctu- aries go. we worship by words only. there He and His Word go also. He is heart. The Bible’s Heart-Religion Theologians Moses Solomon Jeremiah Paul c. Religion and culture emphasized me a new lease on life.

think a note. or amplifiers. or 72. a soprano’s (Isa. We it one can offer prayer and praise to God. second. be not afraid” It’s amazing that in order to sing a high C. Too many vibrations per second will cause a singer At numerous public gatherings. each person uses a marvel. Sur- ent lengths and thickness are needed. Besides the 14 Adventist World | August 2014 P h o t o s : J o e l D. never makes a mistake. H o (l e f t) . It is a gift that we second. many pipes of differ. wonderful sound-producing instrument in our bodies. Much research and study Fearfully and Wonderfully Made have gone into attempts to understand the human voice.200 times per fully and wonderfully we are made. be produced simultaneously. God took care of all the and scientists have tried in vain to copy it instrumentally. as they are a nuisance when they cally. 40:9). Sp r i n g e r a n d A u s t i n R. however. On the other hand. these “holes” in the face. But no will cause flatness. in our face we have In order to produce anything like it. “Lift up your voice with strength.A D V E N T I S T L I F E By Wilhelmina Dunbar The Human Voice God’s precious gift The average human voice can produce a range of at least two octaves in sound (most trained singers can pro- duce more) by using just two wedgelike projections of liga- ment and muscle called “vocal cords. bass singing his lowest note requires only 40 vibrations per cate intelligently with one another throughout our lifetime. lift it up. We truly possess a matter what the dialect spoken. ous sound-producing instrument that is more intricate than any musical instrument. In creating the human voice. vocal cords must vibrate (open and close) 1. we often hear the voices to “sharp” (sounding higher in pitch). This is our first duty when we consider how fear. a develop in early childhood and one that helps us communi. I once heard a doctor say that there is no need for seem somewhat human-like can be produced electroni. and the vocal cords respond instantaneously. or singing below pitch. Vocal sounds that prisingly. and too few vibrations of people in many languages blending together. For instance.000 times per minute. acoustic requirements. the vocal cords vibrate a precise number of God. Our Creator.” In order to produce T he power of speech and song is a unique gift from a single note. Surely no gift is of greater significance for with times per second—which is all controlled by the mind. sinus cavities—our built-in resonators. but expressiveness and understandable words cannot become blocked with mucus during a cold or flu attack.

longer cords produce lower as instruments in the spreading of the gospel. teachers. Trained singers can hold a note for a long time. taught music and was choir director at Helderberg the vocabulary was limited to only four sounds. n of the world.length and thickness of the vocal cords.. p. thinner vocal cords produce and how it works should enable us to be more resourceful high sounds. has healthful enabling them to sing higher notes. Education (Mountain View. angelic choir. D. and lips make at least 300 affecting the hearts of those that hear. these sinus cavities Using the Voice to Spread the Gospel also determine to a large extent the quality of voice of a Knowledge of the physical traits of the human voice singer. think of the many inflections the voice is capable bring honor and glory to the Giver of all good things. and hallooing and screaming out the truth. What are the thought processes in the human brain that enable us to produce meaningful speech? No animal has ever been taught to carry on an intelligent conversation. 1948). larger. and even short musical Andrews University and is also a licentiate holder in voice and tunes. force is truly God’s precious gift. The tones of the voice have much to do in for one minute. but they have no meaning for the bird. Correct breathing and the use nonexistent. In talking His disciples. neither can pianoforte of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of they carry on an intelligent conversation. phrases. . Calif. Thought Processes 3  Ellen G. What of making.: Pacific Press Pub. staccato speaking “the language of Canaan” and singing with the speech. however. Assn. At the same time. It has “an important place in physical culture. No wonder a choir of them to always speak with reverence. while in others they are almost on the training of the voice. Evangelism (Washington. and mynas. Correct training of the voice. White. depending on the resonating factors. One a silent and socially impoverished society we would live in can vary the tone tremendously from a shout to a delicate if we didn’t have the gift of voice. and musicians folk have very large sinuses. now retired. the Lord wants His servants to preserve its pathos and mel- God loves variety. p. Speech may be distinct or muffled. yet after a number of years Wilhelmina Dunbar. speaks about the harmful results to the vocal organs when It’s also interesting to note the physical build of singers. Testimonies for the Church (Mountain View.1 Shorter persons are more likely to have shorter vocal cords. August 2014 | Adventist World 15 . To control speech sounds. and thus to sounds. Assn. 616. 668..”2 Ellen White also writes that “the human piano strings. 199.C. 2. abdominal muscles. Chimpanzees have been reared in the homes of psycholo- gists where the animals have been given all the training and care a child would receive. Most singers have high palates. White. 667. Some has given instruction to ministers. She that some birds. it will produce a much complex variations in speech.: Review and Herald Pub. abused.”4 separate movements. 1946). while thicker. referred to in many of Ellen White’s writings. and that some destroy mixed voices can produce the most heavenly-sounding music! their impression upon people “by raising their voices to a very high pitch. while taller individuals aspects. Calif. London. Let us appreciate and cherish out just the right amount of air. But if the voice is toned right. more precious when we reach heaven! There we will be whereas an auctioneer can speak with clipped. White. thinner strings. vol. Testimonies for the Church. she admonishes an infinite range of quality and sound. and generous-sized mouths. clear or garbled. 4  E. . pp. if it has solemnity. . p. She also thicker tongues. budgies. our voices are also capable of the most so modulated as to be even pathetic.: Pacific Press Pub. our vocal cords are We need to remember that the ability to speak and sing vibrating and our breathing. can earned a master’s of music degree from learn to mimic words. or respiratory muscles. 72 better impression. . Assn. G. . ranging up to nearly 500 audible pitches. and we’re left in awe! 1  Ellen G. It’s true College in South Africa for 30 years. 2.. jaw. which will become even whisper.”3 Speaking of ministers in particular. of the lungs. shorter. and strings and the higher notes have shorter. Amazing Complexity . One can equate this with the length and thickness of ward off disease. 2  Ellen G. and so He created human beings with ody. such as parrots. enabling lower-pitched it tends to expand and strengthen the lungs. London and Trinity College. the tongue. 615. Inspiration tones. This was the tone in which Christ taught sets of muscles work with split-second timing. it is a power for good. and is Besides singing. Add to all this the Let us choose to put into practice now what we will be amazing variations to be found in the different languages doing in the earth renewed. since frequently have longer vocal cords. Even the thickness of bone in our facial struc. Sinus cavities also come in a variety of sizes. And if this isn’t complex this wonderful gift and use it in such a manner that it will enough. in which the lower notes have long. overstrung voice is a precious gift of God. and clarity of speech are ture is important. vol. Furthermore. 1903). White.

hold. Denmark. organizing conferences. devout Christians. and broadcasting TV Europe. methods of killing as many people the victory over Germany. When Austria-Hungary declared passed away. C OV E R S T O RY A ugust 2014 marks the Interestingly. 1914. may become better citizens of both circumstances unleashed. into less-than-ideal This war ushered in a new period of celebrates the event as a big step circumstances that left them confused warfare and entered the annals of toward modern Europe because the about what they were supposed to do. not every country The Cruelty and Insanity of War centenary of the beginning commemorates the Great War in the World War I dragged many. of heaven. European countries. we war on Serbia on July 28. as well hesitation. The warring parties employed documentaries. By Denis Kaiser Your ENEMY? Reflections at the centenary of World War I . New war. in the early 1900s diverse as possible were employed without Americans the entry into the war in political and military alliances. and for In fact. Our world changed forever in those pivotal four years. their disastrous results have already and positive experiences of Seventh. history as one of the deadliest military country remained neutral during the Of course. these five years many countries will com. Nevertheless. were intended to vivors of these terrible events and As we reflect about the negative create a safer world. 1917 marks the ascent of the United as the arms race between the leading One hundred years later most sur. declarations between the nations of ing lectures. a memorate the war by facilitating exhi. our native countries and the kingdom quick succession of correlated war bitions. none of the involved coun- conflicts this world has ever seen. for example. States as a superpower. same manner. even of World War I (1914-1918). for the next day Adventists during World War I. The British recall memories of tries really contemplated a global war. however.

the dictates of his own conscience. on Sabbath.5 probably ready to kill others in order to biblical principles to varying situations. bombs released from airplanes. not escape their cruel fate. and sol. military leaders. failed to provide exceptions for those the court-martial they frequently ods of warfare—tanks. Nevertheless. such voiced their discontent and opposi- Yes to Defense but No to Attack as Germany. A number of individuals requirement. stopped by disfellowshipping the and conscientious reasons found able by imprisonment or execution.” resulting in further themselves in difficult circumstances. contention could apparently only be of weapons and violence for religious and refusal to obey orders was punish. Seventh-day Adven- predetermined slaughter. many of the their own choice but followed the laws military authorities that its conscripts politicians. But other countries. This internal “war” eventually led their military service but refused to to the establishment of the Seventh- perform any regular duties on Sabbath day Adventist Reform Movement. White emphasized that no a foreign aggressor. duced general conscription in 1916. result of military action. August 2014 | Adventist World 17 . This position was. could their politicians and military single. and eventually left declarations. long-range mis. They could not find the quick succession of reciprocal war It is hard to believe that these same solution. For example. to avoid any direct participation in the Sabbath when their country were booby traps. We can never fully know may “be found true soldiers of the same time they sought to convince what that Christianity meant to them cross of Christ” and that God’s angels church members that the Old Testa- in the moment they became killers or may “guard them from every tempta. malnutrition. phosphorus projectiles. Even many of the victims were tion. relied heavily on conscription. and hard feel- The majority of the warring parties Adventist conscripts generally did ings. a fact that had been summer of 1914. Europe sought to find solutions to the Who tried to make war on another disease. however. ment readiness for war was still appli- victims. In the trench warfare known as conscientious objectors since not participate in a war of aggression. N e w Y o r k T i m e s C o . admittedly. they expected from them was certainly entangled in the insanity of war. universal answer could apply to As armies mobilized. tists in Central Europe immediately million soldiers and civilians died as a Thus in 1885 church leaders in began to recognize its complexity. Every country astounding contributions in music. claimed to be defending itself against literature. of their countries. The subsequent turmoil and Even those who objected to the use France. That is why in these countries alienation. the end of the “War to End All Wars.2 The world’s Adventists encountered very differ. and theology. However. millions the American Civil War (1861-1865). But they would and poison gas. She encouraged would defend the homeland with diers themselves were actually commit. might interpose that Christians would country to country. however. War Is More Complex their military leaders threw them as ferent from circumstances in North When the war broke out in the calculated “material” into pointless America. How Ellen G. objecting to the use of violence. antagonism. ent situations in the various European Europe. Seventh-day Adventists were attacked by an enemy.6 “in times of peace. Austria-Hungary. and tion. Eight issues of compulsory military service country? Who was merely trying to million soldiers went missing and and the performance of regular duties defend the homeland? In view of the nearly 21 million were wounded. and diplomacy are countries. Trying stated that they would fight even on siles.state-of-the-art technology and meth. young authorities relapse into the barbarism these questions because circumstances Adventists were conscripted and and rage of this type of war? One and conditions may change from dragged into the machinery of war.” bath observance. At the ted Christians. entirely new for Adventists in Central deadliest feud to date revealed that reli. since there practically told church members what not enough to save us from getting was no conscription in Great Britain. science. She acknowledged Some denominational leaders in Ger- never have planned and participated in that Adventist conscripts did not go by many lost their nerve and assured the the slaughter. “troublemakers. them and prayed for them that they weapons even on the Sabbath.”3 They had to learn how to apply cable today. of regular soldiers lost their lives as The European situation was really dif.1 Seventeen recognized even before the war. and accidents. Adventists were spared from that unique. combat.4 between Germany and France. it was easy to lose track combatting countries were known for it to each Adventist conscript to follow of the situation.” Some of them In Great Britain circumstances ENEMIES NO MORE: A German medic were court-martialed to several years changed when the government intro- surrenders to a British soldier near of imprisonment for their strict Sab. Yet the fact that these leaders gious forms. before Since it provided some exemptions i ma g e : W a r o f t h e Na t i o n s . famine. savvy.

sees made it easy to keep the law by under the prevailing circumstances? peacemakers. meek. These Seventh-day ister as conscientious objectors and Adventists. risked lation in general considered them as imprisonment for “traitors to the national cause” and the sake of their moral opposition to killing. If we military conflicts?” A great deal! mind. the ousness. Jesus did not prom.” as Ellen White put it. . and those who mourn ing the law of its true meaning. tion. As a human brother he is Of course. “Don’t we. on external standards—yet they nev- (Matt. doing unnecessary were unwilling to grant privileges for work on the Sabbath. An Ethic of Perfect Love. a change of and behavior testify to the world. fame. sive measures. rather than a description of the ideal the military. Dartmoor. 18-22) and the ethics of His kingdom points. equated disciples with the salt of tuality (verses 19-48). Jesus began 3. “What does this have to do with calling for was a metanoia. successful life. were unproblematic as long as they John Howard Yoder. The “enemy” did not choose to 43-48). actions. and special. He illustrated its ing conditions and circumstances. secular society or guidelines for a in need of salvation just as I am. pictured served as noncombatants. He The Character of Jesus’ and hunger and thirst for righteous.9 pean brothers in World War I. show complicity with their evil happy. mercy. An Ethic of Repentance. detected seven in society. most British PRISONERS: Adventist conscripts were able to reg. Nevertheless. object. and calling of Jesus’ first disciples (verses looked like? Just ponder the following vengeance (verses 21-26. Loving a friend is nothing (Matt. and divine adoption) to His fol. violence. . 38-42. An Ethic of Testimony. Most deserve it or who are bent on evil person whose mind has been changed likely he did not even choose to join (verses 43-48). An Ethic of Fulfillment. comfort. “Repent. we may ask. and persecuted for righ. But Jesus asked His followers change of mind. or Beatitudes address Jesus’ disciples 4. pure in heart. The him God’s infinite love and forgiveness? enly Father at fault for loving us and 18 Adventist World | August 2014 . like some of our Euro. Their words. those who are poor in suggested that the scribes and Phari- How should they behave and act spirit. Jesus reminds us that he was not responsible for the mis. This did not in His Majesty’s spare them from harassment. a Mennonite lowers who often constitute a minority did not result in outward transgres- theologian and ethicist. ing or committing adultery focused In the Sermon on the Mount ise temporal rewards (riches. repres- Prison. what and how could I communicate to intentions?” Would we hold our heav- 2.7 It was difficult for Adventist con- scripts to remain true to their convic- tions regardless of whether they served in the German. Sabbathkeepers. Jesus. but eternal rewards (the ertheless harbored hatred and covet- His kingdom and gave us a glimpse of kingdom of heaven. a “sorrow for sin and a turning were soldiers. So then. French. lowering the standard and by empty- teousness’ sake. What was the solution? (Matt. We may at hand” (Matt. satisfaction. but I say to you” exam- It is noteworthy to realize that the would our testimony about God have ples deal with enmity. attempt to achieve as by the Lord they fullness (verse 17). and prison terms because their superiors and the popu. to even love those who do not seem to His ethics are a characterization of a takes of his country’s rulers. What Jesus was (verses 13-16). 5-7) Jesus outlined the laws of and success). Jesus British army. what have heard . merciful. An Ethic of Discipleship. God. They seemed to think that the wide framework in which He earth. intensified its applica- 1. and created a sense for its spiri- His preaching ministry with the words then. 5:1). England. true purpose. 4:17). the sight of their sinful thoughts and attitudes addressed moral and ethical issues. for the kingdom of heaven is the earth and the light of the world 5. argued that their refraining from kill- Followers ness (verses 3-10). Remember that three of Jesus’ six “You away from it. and refusing to load ammunition.8 seek to reflect and resemble. 5-7) are preceded by a call for a be born in a particular country. Yet His disciples are not so sions of the law. Jesus ethical principles in that sermon that I much characterized by the rewards said that He had not come to abolish find helpful in considering how we can they try to gain or the successes they the law but to fulfill it and reveal its apply biblical principles under chang. C OV E R S T O RY DARTMOOR from combatancy.

But God often does the be characterized by portraying His Padderatz. or what the least bad decision are ambassadors of His reign and will de guerre. White. witnessing. 2003). to simply keep the rules. Just as God does everything mission to proclaim the three angels’ 10)? Similarly. 1988). 1958). At the same time we may live in apparently P r e s s peaceful circumstances. yet a number of them tried to 9 Ellen G. (verse 47). “In this situation scripts in Germany and France found 253-296.C.C. 8 John Howard Yoder. Jesus does enemies. for example. Thus they served as 7. By asking While persons may outwardly 1 Hartmut Lehmann. and worshipped with Adventist history and But Jesus was not done yet. CONSCRIPTED: Seventh-day Adventists often volunteered to bomb disposal duty. 6. D. The Original Revolution: Essays on how will the life-giving power of the themselves in less than ideal circum.: Biblical or to be successful. G.C.. cooks.. Ultimately.: Review others expect from us. 365. 235.” Le Messager. August 2014 | Adventist World 19 . p. 2. Dec. 5 See. VI/9. Spirit reach beyond available models stances. Kramer. Perspektiven. Assn. Jesus asks us to reflect possible to reconcile the world to messages “to every nation.S. would possibly ask. White. We wonder what inner attitude of hatred and irrecon- 2 3 Ibid. Freund. what options cilability. In His medics. pp. Several of those pictured here went on to serve the church as pastors. church members around the world who face similar circumstances. cf. 1977). Assn. Adventist con- 7 Francis M. 1978). 5:48). “An unsere lieben Geschwister!” not ask us to show off for the sake of (broadside. Christian Pacifism (Scottdale.C. pp. 142. Pa. so we. 2012). 51-54. and options to do a new thing whose obtain positions in the military where 10 Yoder. train conductors. pp. Reflecting God’s Character—a 6 Helmut H. We all S ta n b o r o u g h are tempted to harbor a warlike spirit when we face conflict. He moved fellow believers on the Sabbath. Guy Dail. consistent with their moral convictions to save lives. ourselves with others. and people” (Rev. D. Ellen G. pp. 1914). D. Gerhard might be. pp.: Herald Press. missionaries. to reflect His character.” Zions-Wächter. pp. Seventh-day Adventists in Time of War (Washington. p. Jahrhundert: “What do you do more than others?” reject participation in acts of violence Fragen. Jesus challenged us to think and killing. will tongue.: Review and Herald Pub. Like them. Conradi und Hamburg: Die Anfänge der deutschen Adventgemeinde (1889-1914) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung unexpected. tribe. p. be on our list of options. Denis Kaiser. they may still harbor an vol. as His children.A. yet experience internal warfare on a daily basis. 243-253. “Krieg und Gewissen. Assn.D. God’s children should be characterized primarily by the attempt to resemble God’s character of perfect. Steps to Christ (Washington. Wilcox. D. Das Christentum im 20. p. distributed evange. not perish but be saved. 23-36. Rather He asks us Worldwide Mission Research Institute. Kirchengeschichte in Einzeldarstellungen (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt. etc. 5:8. listic literature. May 1914. p. 49. 14:6) to and show a creative concern for the portray His character by reconciling draw people to Jesus so that they may salvation of our enemies (Matt.. pp. on to stress the importance of recon. very newness will be a witness to they could heal and save rather than divine presence?”10 inflict wounds. giving Jesus for us while we were still ciliation before any true worship can Seventh-day Adventists consider it our sinners—even enemies (Rom. “Un soldat adventiste devant le conseil we have. excessive. n 6. interpreters. outside the box. something that may not reconciling love to both friends and der organisatorischen. Selected Messages (Washington. 4 Ulysse Augsburger. finanziellen und sozialen Aspekte (Hamburg: author. 141. litter bearers.. 1936). 23. 142. An Ethic of Excess. and administrators. He Himself In World War I. origi- nally from Germany. Many of 26 Jesus suggested that an inner them prayed with their comrades. Nevertheless. 9-17. An Ethic of Reconciliation. Michigan. the perfect love of our heavenly Father Himself. historical theology at Andrews University. in more serious than the outward act. U. Probleme.: Review and Herald Pub. there are still many Berrien Springs. book 2. is attitude of hatred toward a brother is gave Bible studies. completing his Ph. remarks about anger in Matthew 5:21. 36-51. take place. God’s children and Herald Pub. The Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement (German Reform) (Washington. and reconciling love to friends and enemies. 1915. Hamburg: Aug.

over the birds of the air. Their answers have some- 3. and even Creation. grief. Theologians and philosophers have the image of God means representing he will commit all kinds of wickedness struggled with this question through- God as vice regents. angel of holiness. The angels were right. free will. Hence the are at least three important elements tives. aberration that can be straightened? shall “have dominion over the fish of According to an old Jewish legend. in the image of God He created him. human dignity is that which is impure in Your sight and God’s Original Thought derived from the fact that humanity dishonor You to Your face. over all the earth and over every or Carica creeping thing that creeps on the earth. at all? Has it become a mere caricature? 2. degradation ciple. self-centered. question: May we today seriously to this concept: sonal relationships. In the Creation account of truth. let them have dominion over the fish of the sea. As Who are we? Are we good in prin- account of their Creation mandate. The fact is that they are created toward a relationship teous.” covering our real nature? the earth” (verse 28). Being created in said the angel of justice. degraded by sin. and incapable of resisting evil. he will be hard out history. 27). 3 and encounter. Consequently. Both occurrences suggest that in Eve personally. as well as God’s partners in per. humanity is separated from God.” What does it mean to have been has been created in the image of God. since the Bible strongly prohibits any human-made images of God. By this quality humanity is separated from animals and the rest of the material world. Following the Fall. against his fellow men. 1:26. time progresses.F U N D A M E N T A L B E L I E F S NUMBER 7 I Image n the first chapter of Scripture we are told that we were created in the image of God: “Then God said. that one cannot recognize God’s image feelings. In this way humanity is Sin’s Destructive Force tified as we see all the misery. male and female He created them” (Gen. and God consulted His angels before He good we do functions only as a mask over every living thing that moves on created humanity. We have been created Creation shows us one side of the destruction that humanity causes? Has morally responsible beings and we coin. ‘Let Us make man in Our image.’ So God created man in His own image. however. and the the sea. Humans represent God on less. The unique relationship between humanity and God is described by the Designed in the Creator’s expression “image of God”—a some- what paradoxical term. over the birds of the air. Humans refer to God because and cruel and dishonest and unrigh. Or are we bad in principle.” “Create him not. namely in Genesis 5:1. Humanity shares certain qualities the image of God? Is this view still jus- with God.” said the 9:6. “for he will follow spite of sin humans are still considered 20 Adventist World | August 2014 . love. sin not distorted this image so much enjoy a distinct personality. etc. speak of humans as being created in 1. and similar to Him.” “Create him not. and our awful actions only an Humanity has a functional role: They increases. and over the cattle. “for he will be false and twice in the Old Testament apart from God and humanity meet in personal deceitful to his brother-man. “Create him not.” said the angel the image-of-God motif appears only with Him. according to Our likeness. times differed widely. “for if you do. All their created in the image of God? There We were called to be God’s representa. God addresses Adam and to You. fears have become reality.

They may produce an out. 51:5. but purify the springs of life. Only He can restore God’s sin in which we are sunken. the exer. August 2014 | Adventist World 21 . The image through Jesus Christ. Acts 17:24-28. Gen. Germany. mind. He would like to born again by the Holy Spirit. 5:12-17. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil.”* of Him who created him. 18. p. since you have put off day Adventist Church in powerless. Ps. 5:19. but here they are to one another. When our first parents disobeyed God. but only Christ. 51:10. While humanism lead him back to You.) as having been created in the image of cannot change the heart. Ps. however. 20. The life of ance of the angel of holiness. Paul says that the “new man” found in every person. Assn. Rom. tells us that The “old man” is a person without Image or caricature? In the end we real change is possible. and ward correctness of behavior. The Nature Man of Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality. when we enjoy attempts have been made to overcome speak loving words to him. they cannot in knowledge according to the image God. Steps to Christ (Mountain View. dependent upon God for life and ture? breath and all else. 1:26-28. of ourselves. 2 Cor. they are called to love Him and one another. Created for the glory of God. * Ellen G. and to care for their image environment. the caricature has finally become suggests that we may overcome evil on The New Testament is clear about a restored image of God. Though created free beings. and spirit. Education. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. 20.” new. all have Jens O. Paul puts it this cise of the will. . and have Stuttgart. Only Jesus can perfect the human Press Pub. should be further renewed! “Renewal” both: creatures made in the image of end continues. Mohr an indivisible unity of body. . 8:4-8. for cess in the “new man” and touches the when he sins and turns from the path whole person. Ps. Thus we are The above-mentioned Jewish leg. the old man with his deeds. n our own. is therefore not simply another expres- God and fallen sinners. The image may be distorted. the angel sion for the new birth experience. This every person bears testimony to this of mercy stepped forward and said: expression describes an ongoing pro- ambivalence. 3. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. many take him tenderly by the hand and faithfulness. God stretching out His hand in Christ.: Pacific cial reflection: “It is impossible for us. . 8. and we cannot change tion is to begin here and now in the them. human effort. Scripture. 11. 2:7. ingly. (Gen. 1 John 4:7. but they put on the new man who is renewed is married to Claudia. Ellen White offers this cru. Still it can be renew His image in us. each is By Jens O. “Create him. 10: “Do not lie Stuttgart Center Seventh- their proper sphere. The “new man” is a person cannot resolve this tension. they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God.. Gen. Our image completely. followers of Christ. 1956). to escape from the pit of character. our heavenly Father.” it has not totally disappeared. and then God’s new creation on the earth made this ambivalence. culture. Finally. Calif. This transforma- hearts are evil. Following the appear. White. 2:15. the power and freedom to think and to do. We can recognize God’s Restored by Grace of right and truth and holiness I will will and in His strength live a life of Throughout history. Interest- has been marred by sin. Mohr pastors the way in Colossians 3:9.

it is because there is no whom the Lord hath given me are for that I was not acquainted with light in them. the Lord of hosts. Our greatest danger lies in our tendency to refuse increased light.” The controversy in of being informed as to the customs regard to the law of Jehovah in our regard to the law of God has begun. which dwelleth in country. and our only safety is to see and understand for ourselves “what saith the Lord. We do not wish to imperil our souls by rejection of God’s messages of warning and counsel. how much more should we desire to know what God requires of us. We must know of God. “To the law and to the testi- mony. White Faithand Doctrine.S P I R I T O F P R O P H E C Y I found in traveling through Europe this word. so that we may not be under ciples. A great contest is coming in Mount Zion. Lawand Testimony Yes. they do work together! 22 Adventist World | August 2014 . I and the children where our feet are standing. He will not leave us to be enshrouded in darkness.” “Behold. of the people lest I should be found own day. if they speak not according to By Ellen G. but we read in Isaiah these and we must be prepared to give a rea- a transgressor. It is the willing and obedient that God will bless. We do not want to be found receiving dangerous error as truth.” Says the prophet. and I was under the necessity trine. meekness and fear. If we are desirous of understanding the law of earthly governments. condemnation as law-breakers. with we should be to understand the law testimony. If we are anxious to understand our duty. But how particular words of instruction: “Bind up the son of the hope that is in us.” The Word of God alone signs and for wonders in Israel from some of the minor laws of the is to be the rule of our faith and doc. seal the law among my dis. but will enlighten our understanding so that we shall know for ourselves what is truth.

White have to do with our own time.” . which veil where He ministers above the ark the truth is not in him. Says the the open door of the most holy place in The Word of God declares. there will be a remnant of the John beheld in prophetic vision the which requires men to keep holy the righteous that will be obedient to people of God. . than for one tittle of the law speak. The prophet says. lest their the city.” He has said. “The dragon was wroth with the heavenly sanctuary. and are loyal to His be afraid of any class who refuse to people who make void the law. that all they want to hear about is (1827-1915) exercised the biblical gift of “The temple of God was opened in faith in Christ. August 2014 | Adventist World 23 . to lead people astray. The winds of doctrine will blow life. for Christ has said no foundation. and not compare their faith and doc- This is taken from the article “Preparation be broken. for the Testing-Time. Lord has instructed them that they dragon will be directed against the lowers of Christ would be attracted to need not keep the Sabbath of His law. They turn away their ears from hear. and be trine with the law and the testimony. The wrath of the the attention of the loyal and true fol. loyal servants of Heaven. seal the law among my dis. and keepeth the woman. There is safety alone in dragon. They declare that the God’s requirements. We may well testimony of Jesus Christ. “Bind up the opened before them. God has given us a and the Bible alone. of the Times. in him verily is the have the testimony of Jesus Christ. They will class who “shall stumble. keepeth his word. and there was seen in his tem. but we should not Martin Luther exclaimed. They make correct standard of righteousness and of our faith!” Our work is to hold up strong assertions for which they have truth—the law and the testimony. that if you keep the law of God you be moved by them. There are many who will tell you fiercely about us. 1889. “He prophet. “The Bible. and evidences to fail. and of God containing His immutable law.” The prophet described the faithful love of God perfected. Loyal Servants of Heaven ple the ark of his testament. . He saw that by that saith. Seventh-day John writes concerning scenes that ing the truth. they manifest the may have right to the tree of life. It is the they obey God. and fall. They claim to be prophecy during more than 70 years of heaven. edge the fourth commandment. guided by the Spirit.” That ark spirit leads them contrary to the law Although the law of God will be contains the tables whereon is engraven of Heaven. but when the Scriptures are to pass. and destroy the law are not of the class spirit of the dragon. who commandments. I know him. and persecute those who vin. that they ciples. and as the test of our doctrines. and with the remnant of her seed. But whoso keep the commandments of God. and wrought commandments of God and have the excite the wrath of the dragon because into the very character.” This is the class that interwoven with the life. world. saying. is the foundation have fallen from grace. Our greatest danger lies in our tendency to refuse increased light.” It is not We can see from this scripture that it ones. is a liar. “Here are they that keep enough to nominally assent to the is not the true church of God that the commandments of God. and yet their public ministry. They hate the may enter in through the gates into who are sealing the law among the light. we must have its principles makes war with those who keep the faith of Jesus. Winds of Doctrine taking the Scriptures as our rule of dicate God’s precepts. On the Isle of Patmos. and impatiently declare Adventists believe that Ellen G. and be snared. April 22.” n disciples of Christ. the law of God. He says. compare their faith and doctrine with place themselves on the side of the the Scriptures. and the truth. and saw that at this time Sabbath day. “Blessed are they testimony. There are many who profess to love that “it is easier for heaven and earth for they do not know whereof they God.” published in Signs taken. They refuse to acknowl- almost universally made void in the the law of God.” Those who are seeking to claims of God’s law. and will not come to it. but they are of the deeds should be reproved. and went to make war faith they would follow Jesus within the not his commandments. are presented showing the binding that do his commandments.

Barbadian Adventism In Barbados’ highly conservative British colonial society. People from a wide cross section of socioeco- nomic and ethnic backgrounds in the 1890s requested addi- tional Adventist literature. Ball estab- lished his first congregation numbering 11 women and six men. White’s Patriarchs and Prophets. Early Opposition Barbadian Adventism has come a long way from its How a little island beginnings 130 years ago.A D V E N T I S T H E R I T A G E O n Sabbath. baptized in the United States. including a physician. with more than 18. the obser- vance of the Sabbath. The newly elected East Caribbean Conference president. January 11. They forbade their members to read Adventist litera- ture and attend services. Anna immediately read the tract. 1890. R. a Caribbean immigrant physician in Barbados. thousands of Seventh- day Adventists from across the 166-square-mile From Exclusion eastern Caribbean island nation of Barbados worshipped at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex near Bridgetown. His first evange- listic effort in Bridgetown. Haskell. Inset: MEDICAL PIONEER: nial religions was so difficult and risky that pioneer James R. when a copy of Signs of the Times was sent to Anna Alleyne from her sister in neighboring became a great witness British Guiana (now Guyana). Danforth Francis preached on the theme “God Is Ready—Are You?” His constituency across the island nation included one in every 15 Barbadians. returned to Barbados in the late 1880s with his newfound faith. He corresponded with Bottom: RECENTLY RENOVATED: Stephen A. Braithwaite. American Adventist colporteurs distributed numerous copies of Uriah Smith’s Daniel and the Revelation and Ellen G. and orga. and began to keep the Sabbath. yielded 17 baptisms in 1891. some of whom also accepted the Advent message. Back then. She also shared it with her neighbors. Cave was Braithwaite was jailed and placed in a lunatic asylum for his Adventism’s pioneer Adventist witnessing activities. clergy of the leading Christian denominations characterized Adventism as “a modern-day cult” led by a female American prophet. Charles J. Barbadian Adventists also participate in dynamic evangelistic programs. Ball became the first Adventist minister to arrive in Barbados. and the soon second coming of Jesus 24 Adventist World | August 2014 Ima g e s c o u r t e s y o f t h e A u t h o r . A Minister Arrives On November 20. held Bible readings among his people. mostly to wealthy merchant class residents. president of the New England Tract A view of the renovated King Society. and operate numerous educational and health services in the country. 2014. B. St. making Adventism one of the nation’s leading Christian to faiths. Their prohibitions triggered increas- ing curiosity. departing from the island’s established colo. “mother church” of nized the first group of seven Sabbathkeepers on the island. Dexter A.442 believers worshipping in 57 congregations. The health message. church. accepted its teachings.

One island son. O.000 in 24 churches and companies. director for 25 years (1957-1983) of Barbados’ became trailblazers in Adventist work at home and abroad. Eugene Forde. tinct stages as it spread in Barbados: (1) early encounters. climbed to more than 3. churches. Both Battle Creek College attendees. lay leaders Wrensford Greaves and Christopher Greenidge. Danforth Francis. P. minister of government. and operated his own sanitarium for trict magistrate in Barbados’ judicial system for eight years almost 30 years. and derogatory qualified to witness to their neighbors and relatives. more than 25 years (1979-2005). and the Honorable Victor L. By the close of 1965 the church’s membership Pioneering Stalwarts had tripled in less than 20 years. Browne made their versity administrators such as Michael S. K. Emerson S. ing General Conference secretary. dis- returned to Barbados. Graham.G.Christ became the leading truths of the Adventist faith Growth and Development that attracted Barbadians of all walks of life to join this The center of Adventist growth and development was fledging group. including Sabbath as an important workday. establishing the first church in Sierra Leone. G. Banfield. becoming an Adventist Bible students and began to view themselves as uniquely resulted in loss of employment. ostracism. C. but were for their contributions to Barbadian society include Ena K. a historian. while Forde In this 130th anniversary year. Ellen White’s response was both compassionate and firm: “God does not lead any man to advocate such actions. holds became pioneering ministers in the United States and the unique distinction as the Adventist Church’s longest-serv- beyond.” August 2014 | Adventist World 25 . Consequently.O. Barbadian soci. also. Johnson. (4) the accep. for those of lower income. their country and to bless the world. Church membership grew from 30 numbers and stature. French became principal of the church’s first sec- tance phase. C. Reid was a leading soul winner as membership 1884-1901. alcoholic beverages. training Adventist young women to be (1994-2002). John Harvey Kel. (2) shaping of an Adventist identity. B. 1945-1965. as Adventist educational the faith. (3) bold evangelistic initiatives. n Back in Barbados. 1966-1991. His name lives on in the church. Trevor H. God has greatly honored the faithfulness of His little ing. Barbadian Adventists still pastored his first church in Chicago in 1910 and shepherded want to be ready for God to use them as He wills. Over the decades the acceptance of Adventism Postwar years saw yeoman contributions from tireless slowly and dramatically changed. Church stalwarts admired mobile young men who held teaching positions.675 baptized members worshipping in 10 organized the consumption of unclean foods. These members insisted that all should remove their shoes before entering the Glenn O. Well-known Barbadian names in international Adventism operated Cave Memorial Clinic and Nursing Home. island country. Carlyle mark for the church outside the boundaries of their tiny Bayne. tutor at the University of the West Indies in Barbados for logg’s American Medical Missionary College in 1907. 1992-2014. multiplying since the 1990s at an to almost 100. Particularly during the earlier decades. By the end of World War II there were Adventism. Baker. they Sylvan A. and ambassador. generation Barbadian Adventist. 1. Three Walters. to bless others around the United States for the next 40 years. Ralph Thompson. forced out of employment on becoming Adventists. Barbadian Adventists became known as diligent and tobacco use. Cave graduated from Dr. and facilitated health clin. Global Impact They remained until 1901. 1902-1944. and church and uni- Wilbert D. Phillips. Babcock in Africa in 1906. which helped to create a strong sense of Adventist values etal practices that accepted many of the “popular vices” of and identity in the face of continued opposition from more the times worked at cross purposes with the teachings of established faiths. The first permanent missionaries to arrive from the United States (1896) were Elam Van Duesen and his wife. is a fourth- church. passing through five dis. flock. as well as conducting health clinics of parliament. that people could pray with their eyes open. extramural Charles J. Forde and Lambert W. efforts for the first time won the applause of the Barbados government. Niles. established a church school. once despised as a cult. erected the first church build. Browne joined D. Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. member nurses and midwives. peculiar sentiments among the early Adventists engendered a squabble with their minister and resulted in a letter to Ellen White. include evangelist Kembleton Wiggins. and (5) growing and preserving ondary school in September 1953. Bradley E. Lashley. other than Uriah Smith. Among the converts were many upwardly average rate of 7 percent per year. Adventism has increased in ics around Bridgetown. the “mother” congregation at King Street in Bridgetown. labels. B.

There are some striking contextual connections the time of “the oldness of the letter” (verse 6). 7:6). when we were controlled by our sinful passions (verse 5). 6:21). there is an old self (Rom. Law. 6:22. professor. we can now serve in 1. n her marriage rules over her as long as her husband is alive. used the law to stimulate sin in us (verse 5). Sin and the law reign was when the law condemned sinners to death. and discuss the nature of the When sin and law work together. we have to die to both (Rom. This principle is illustrated Through Christ we have been freed from the power of using the example of a married woman. Rom. The Law: Paul discusses the role of the law in a between sin. the result is deadly. law. could not do before: The righteous requirements of the law 2. we change masters (Rom. and 6:14. Gal. 7:1). 26 Adventist World | August 2014 . Paul proceeds to apply this principle to believers (verse Angel Manuel Rodríguez is retired after a 4): We have been delivered from the power of the law career as a pastor. the curse (Rom. keeping us confined in the prison of sin (verse 6. we now the General Conference’s Biblical Research legally belong to Him. 3:13). 6:6) and of the law. why do we still have In dealing with your relationship. Rom. and death. 7:6). 8:4). summarize my death (verse 5). and the result is the passage. how involved in the link between sin and death. We needed freedom from 7:4). and sin (Rom. Summary of the Argument: Paul states a principle: are now fulfilled in us who “do not walk according to the The law reigns over us as long as we live (Rom. 6:12. Through general. the law in this pas- not belong to the sphere of sin.e. understanding of Paul’s argu. freedom from both came through our death! (Rom. was realized in the death of Christ (Gal. but in this passage Paul discusses the connection 3. ment. the The sin-law-death connection was broken by Christ who fruit of sin is death (Rom. The law cannot condemn this new Institute. Second. and director of because we have died to the law through Christ. we die we are free from the law. 6:9. B I B L E Q U E S T I O N S A N S W E R E D Freedom From Does Paul in Romans 7:1-6 state that we have been freed from the law? Sin. because of sin. power of both sin and the law. junction with sin led to death (condemnation). 7:4). Sin uses to submit to it? ment on the context of the law to stimulate our sinful passions. and there is newness of life (Rom. In that setting the law functions as a guard. Death If so. but we did! Fourth. The parallels indicate a placed in its proper Christological perspective. 7:5). Rom. He clarifies that the law does world of sin and its misuse by sin. The law did not die. First. 6:7) and through Christ both. Once he dies she can marry another man without being condemned by the law as an adulteress (verses 2. the old letter (Rom. Paul explains that the bond between sin. 6:1-7). 7:6). the law of God (verses 7-25). Christians are to bear fruit tism (Rom. He establishes boundaries sage describes the law before the coming of Christ and the for the role of the law (Rom. since we already died through Christ. The condemnation of the law. 3:23). The law related to sin and the condemnation of the law. We were under 6:7. we die with Christ (Rom. This was i. this between this passage and Romans 6. But law in this particular passage. continuous theme. and death is found in our rebellious sinful nature. Once flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 7:1).. concern I will com. Rom. and in whom we have died to sin through bap- leads to death (Rom. law. 7:4). At that time the law ruled over humans and in con- culprit is sin that has misused that which is good and holy. 7:1-6) and indicates that the Spirit. 6:17. 3). namely that the law is some. Context: The connection between sin newness of Spirit. 7:4). they rule while we are alive (Rom. Rom. 7:1). not in the old way of the law that as a and law is briefly mentioned in Romans 5:20 written code (“letter”) condemned us to death (Rom. and because of sin the law died for us. the law is now 6:4) and of the Spirit (Rom. Third. the Spirit we are enabled to do what we.

before the Israelites? Read Leviticus 1:2-6. His love for us. Understanding the high cost of grace is always free. It was heaven’s plan to keep the cost of sin we are changed. 19. we humbly accept the salvation He so freely but it cost heaven the highest price imaginable. This is the incredibly “good news” of the gospel. emotionally. Salvation is a gift. “without shedding of blood there is no remission” of sin Through Christ’s grace we are saved. they quickly When we understand that it was our sins that led Jesus to the realized that the cost of their sin was incredibly high. Adam immedi- ately began to sense the terrible price of sin. Our understanding of the immense cost like a knife when he was commanded by God to slay the of sin leads us to turn away from it. 9:22). What did Peter say is the cost of our salvation? 1 How did God attempt to impress upon Adam and The apostle Peter clearly reveals that the cost of our salva- Eve the cost of their sin? Read Genesis 3:20-24. We should never Where did these “tunics of skin” come from? It is difficult think that because Christ offers salvation so freely that it to imagine the pain that must have pierced Adam’s heart cost heaven little. what does He do for us? What does He do in ally. behalf. If the price of a particular item is high. The price makes the difference. What plan did God institute we too will mourn for our part in bringing pain to His heart. for us? Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Second. the way of salvation Him pain leads us to surrender anything that is contrary to is revealed through the sacrifice of those animals and the His will. His love transforms us. Discovering the eternal cost of our sal- vation can make a dramatic difference in our personal lives. Sin was not cheap for the Israelites. 5 Read 1 Peter 1:18. revealed in His sac- rifice on the cross. our salvation. cross. What does our persistent God designed the sanctuary system for two basic reasons: rebellion do to Jesus? First. There may be many things we like but just cannot afford. but it is never cheap. breaks our hearts and leads us to total 3 What service specifically kept the cost of sin commitment to Him.” 2 Read Exodus 25:8. and through His grace (Heb. first sacrifice as a consequence for his sin. we value it much more than we value an object with a lower price tag. The constantly before the Israelites. the more we desire to Jesus? Read John 1:29. and spiritu. 4 How did the apostle John apply this symbolism The more we understand the cost of sin. In a sense this is also true of turning from sin in our lives. 10-13. sacrifice indelibly stamped upon their minds. in the Old Testament to keep the price of sin upper- most in Israel’s mind? 7 Read Hebrews 6:4-6. the death of sacrificial animals in the sanctuary The understanding that our sins wound Christ and cause reveals the horrible cost of sin. Finley High Cost W e often value objects based on their cost. who loves us so much. We no longer desire to break the heart of the One ministry of the priest in the sanctuary. In heaven’s divine plan the same Christ who redeems us works in us through His Holy sacrifice of Christ was eternally costly to heaven. As our first 6 Why does understanding the sacrifice of Christ parents left their Eden home with the memory of a slain on the cross change us? Read Zechariah 12:10. Have you ever found something you really wanted to purchase. offers. n A r t B y Ca r l H e i n r i c h Bl o c h August 2014 | Adventist World 27 . when we faintly comprehend the price Jesus paid for our redemption by looking on Him whom we have “pierced. Grace changes us. There was a cost to 8 When we accept Christ’s sacrifice on our breaking God’s law—financially. but when you looked at the price tag you decided it was far too expensive? Most of us have had that kind of experience more than once. tion is far beyond human comprehension. The price of sin was the sacrifice of an animal. to turn away from it. B I B L E S T U D Y By Salvation’s Mark A. God’s Spirit to make us like Himself.

New Jersey.” Genesis 3:6 does not require Adam to be The Sabbath Day And how astounded and thrilled I am present during Eve’s conversation with Thank you for printing Afia Donkor’s to know that such intriguing history the serpent. (nonprofit) in one of the most remote Joy. make friendships unto her husband with her. and gave also into their houses. “Hypertension is known profound and informative this article is! White says? as the ‘silent killer.000 across the island country of Jamaica. but when I least I am a doctor from Vangai Hills of achieve good health. I notice that I am already in. Heather and Bill Krick’s article Hypertension” (April 2014) is useful to of mission serv 26 Reflecting “Snake Battles” (May 2014). Manipur. How Eve wander away from Adam. however. shared with her husband. — Nabahel Rex-Oneal. letting them know their BP sta- am a Jamaican and have been an the church’s official position on this tus is better than knowing nothing at Adventist for more than 30 years. and did eat. What is them. Prayerw Please pray for my spiritual life. (March 2014). I am serving voluntarily to be able to serve them better. Delaware. as article says. or high blood pressure (BP). I D E A E XC H A N G E In the sight of God. or did they can do something about it. who joined feel a sense of community through United States her in eating the fruit. anyone is a s dventist th-day A or Seven l Paper f rnationa The Inte May 201 4 potential minister and messenger. and Drs. Eve first ate then subsequently holy—it can even make us humans Wilmington. The Sabbath day is Devon L. pornography when surfing the Internet. As the church was organized in Jamaica. Even though I found William Robinson’s story “The referenced Ellen G. —Editors our shared humanity and experience. man and have often been snared by Marcela. us as missionaries here in Samar. that the church first organized in 1894 United States Philippines with 37 members now counts 250. Ellen White’s comment article “The Promise of Delight” was “hidden” for so long! gives further illumination. I am a 25-year-old family. I see that the Kricks only healer of our souls. Ghana Snake Battles Hypertension The I enjoy reading Adventist World. and he with them. ippines. Peter N. Angola 28 Adventist World | August 2014 . Phil- Out of His Glory has me concerned regarding our posi. medical support from the govern. India Benjamin. where there is no Please pray for me. a job. Please pray for this community to I know that it is sin. Sekondi Central. not contra. in our mission field here have hyper- Letters The Bible states that Adam was tension. my PRAISE regions in India. Brazil ment—not even vaccines.’ ” Robinson remarked that Lillie Garcelle Hill Abraham Roland Beniga Grace “would be astonished to know M orristown. sometimes give a copy to my friends Handysides’ article “New Guidelines for Remembering ows the joys and sorr ice to read. and introduce Jesus as the The Diary did eat” (KJV). Sanderson diction. Please pray earnestly—I have to change. Pray for me also. White’s Patriarchs we don’t have medicine to give to Diary” (May 2014) very intriguing! I and Prophets as the source. because almost all of the people 24 11 All Compassion Babylon Is Local tion on Genesis 3:6. Landless and Allan R. B orongan. yet I issue? Do we believe that Adam was all—and we hope once they know have never read the history of how the with Eve as the Bible says. and my marriage. expect. with Eve and “she took of the fruit We check their BP as a way to enter thereof. Eastern Samar.

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