What to Make of This? “The World is Getting Better”

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Interesting article from Relevant Magazine early last week.

The article was by COLE NESMITH, titled “Yes, the World is Getting Better”.  Whether he is right on the conclusion, some of the information goes against the grain of the nightly news about the “fearful” world in which we live. In other words, ISIS, Ebola, Government incompetence, Ukraine are not the whole story.  Seems like the media thrives on creating distorting-perspectives. Or is there some other explanation?

Below is an excerpt from the article as well as a link where you can read the whole piece.

The World is Getting Better

While some Christians wait for the world to fall apart, there are many working to eliminate sickness, extend life expectancy, and increase the quality of the lives we’re living. Just take a look at a few of the statistics:

Peace: Since 1945, there has been a steep decline in inter-state wars, deadly ethnic riots and military coups in Europe and the Americas. In the 1950s, the average death per conflict per year was over 65,000. Today, there are less than 2,000 deaths per conflict per year.

Health: In the last century, we have seen amazing advances in medicine through the understanding of biology and the way our bodies work. Deadly diseases have been eradicated.

Globally, infant mortality has fallen from 46 per 1000 in 2004 to 34 per 1000 in 2013.

Poverty: In their 2014 Annual Letter, USAID announced their plans to eradicate global poverty by 2030.

These aren’t simply arbitrary statistics, unrelated to God’s agenda for the earth. At the coming of Christ, the angels declared, “Peace on earth. Good will toward men.”

What do you think? Is the world getting better?


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