December 7, 2018 Brethren Letter

Dear Brethren,

I was thinking about a subject earlier this evening I wrote about in 2012. What is the ONE thing that every human being on earth wants? Tonight, I’ll resend that letter (with updates). It answers this question.

Have a wonderful Sabbath, brethren.

Your Brother in Christ,

Gary Liebold


December 7, 2012

Dear Brethren,

When I was in college, there was a Humanities teacher who had a reputation for being one of the most academically difficult professors on campus. In fact, the saying among the students was, “If you have Dr. _______, then YOU’RE going to FLUNK!”

Well, I wasn’t about to let that unproven assessment deter me from signing up for his class. True, he always seemed to have a serious, somewhat deadpan expression on his face, but one thing he didn’t lack was the ability to TEACH, like no other professor could. I was ready for the challenge despite his reputation. After all, if he was going to “flunk” me by the end of the course, I could just DROP his class and never look back!

Perhaps, you might be expecting me to write that I dropped his class a few days before the BIG, red-letter “F” came. No, that’s not what happened! In fact, this teacher had one of the biggest, most POSITIVE impacts on my life.

Everything I had heard about him turned out to be false. In retrospect, there was an important lesson to learn. Just because several people have something negative to say about someone, that doesn’t necessarily make it so! In fact, this professor turned out to be quite HUMOROUS when it was appropriate but was SERIOUS about teaching his students. He wanted them to LEARN, not just warm a chair.

At the beginning of every class, he would ask his students a thought-provoking question to get their minds working. There was one question I remember quite well. The question was, “What INNATE desire is common to ALL of mankind, whether they live in America, Australia, Africa, or Asia?” The students gave several answers, including, “owning a Lamborghini” and “having a million dollars in a bank account.” Still, others said: “a life-long friend, who cares,” as well as “the end of all hunger in the world.” However, with the many answers given, not one student could give the answer he was looking for. I didn’t know what the answer was either, so I opted for… “a life-long friend, who cares” comment. That sounded good to me!

Brethren, what would you guess that Dr. _________ gave as the answer to his perplexing question? Well, his answer was very simple. He said, “The innate desire of ALL of humanity is SIMPLE. What every single human being on earth wants, is TO BE HAPPY!” It was like the light had just been turned on in his classroom! How right he was! He added, “I will not define what ‘happiness’ IS, but I guarantee you every person wants it!”

To my knowledge, Dr. ____________ didn’t have any understanding about God’s master plan, or way of life. He was speaking strictly from his own human viewpoint. But, at the same time, real and lasting happiness is desired by every rational person. Only God’s way of life will bring REAL and LASTING happiness to this earth.

Mr. Armstrong wrote the following in Mystery of the Ages, (page 157), concerning today’s world:

Today man’s world is reeling on its last legs. Wars, violence, destruction, terrorism engulf the entire world. Half the world exists in ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, living in filth and squalor. The developed half is sick with ill health, disease, mental stress, fear, frustration, wracked with crime, alcoholism, drug abuse, perverted and misused sex, broken homes, hopelessness in frustration.

Mankind is nearing the end of his rope. But even now, God will not intervene to save this defiant humanity from itself until man is finally brought to the point where, if God delayed longer in intervention, man would annihilate himself. God will not intervene and usher in the next world under the kingdom of God until the remnant of mankind has been brought to fully realize human inability to solve problems or bring worldwide peace in happiness and joy. Man must be brought to realize his helplessness and futility without God.

We live in a world with some very unhappy news headlines. Here are a few examples…

– EU ON BRINK: Germany unleashes Brexit burden WARNING as migration row erupts (12-6-18)

– ISIS RETURNS: Sick terrorists make terrifying COMEBACK in Iraq with GUERRILLA warfare (12-6-18)

– ‘Great Violence’ in Paris Anticipated as Police Staff Join Macron Protests (12-7-18)

– 50 Illegal Alien Drug Traffickers, 3 Wanted for Murder, Arrested in Boston ICE Raid (12-6-18)

Those are just a small number of the many headlines I could choose. Would any person find happiness in those events? Of course not! There is a different world ahead. Instead of man’s faulty rule as we find today, Jesus Christ will show mankind the right way to happiness.

Here are some important scriptures to always remember. They give mankind lasting hope!

I Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.

Isaiah 60:18-20

18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise. 19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory.

20 Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Isaiah 35:1-2

1 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; 2 It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, The excellency of our God.

Someday, my college Humanities teacher will begin to see how REAL and LASTING happiness can be achieved, happiness he knew that mankind wanted. That happiness won’t be a temporary state of mind, but something that will endure forever.

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you (Isaiah 30:19).

Please have a good Sabbath, everyone!

Your Brother in Christ,

Gary Liebold

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