Addressing the challenge of this decade to the Youth of Today
In November 1985, dignitaries from 103 countries met at United Nations Headquarters to plan “a global strategy oriented towards the problems of the world’s youth.” (UN Chronicle.)
It’s been five years since then, and youth problems are more serious than ever. Conflicting political philosophies, lack of funds and constant changes of opinion on priorities have frustrated the efforts of well-intentioned governments have to work together for youth.
Religion has also failed to influence young people positively. Some Recent Gallup surveys in the United States show that although the vast majority of young people (around 90%) believes in God or a universal spirit, only a minority believes that religion is a very important factor in your life. To this we must add as little or nothing that has made religion to restrain sexual promiscuity.
On the other hand, the so-called experts, psychologists, sociologists and counselors among others, also give advice to young people. Although some of his suggestions are sensible and useful, most often focus on material aspects: the financial difficulties brought on teenage pregnancies, how to avoid AIDS, or the dangers to health drug addiction. And despite being far more important, rarely make mention of the moral issues involved. The “experts” tend to conform to follow the changing course of public opinion, or repeat catchy slogans like “Make safe sex” or “Say no.”
Moreover, many parents are caught up in the busyness of life. And, whether they know not what advice to give, or because they find it embarrassing to talk about certain sensitive issues, many tend to avoid these issues. Therefore, it is expected that many young people seek help from other young people like them are inexperienced.
The Best Source of Help for Young People
So where young people can find practical answers to questions that concern them? Some of these questions are: “Should I try drugs and alcohol?” “What about sex before marriage?” “How do I know if this is true love?” “What the future holds for me? “.
Someone may be surprised to hear that the best source of advice for young people is the Word of God, the Bible. Does the Bible? Yes, this book has much to say to young people. (See chapters 1-7 of Proverbs, Ephesians 6:1-3.) Furthermore, inspired by our Creator, who is very familiar with “the passions of youth.” (2 Timothy 2:20-22, Martin Nieto, 3:16.) Before dismissing the idea that the advice contained in this ancient book can be applied to the nineties, consider the following: can be said that most of the advice given by the “experts” of today will be read and respected here at only fifty years? However, what does the Bible continues to be taken seriously after thousands of years have been written.
It is true that human society has changed much since biblical times, but has not been true in the case of human nature. Indeed, the passions of youth are still the same. Therefore, the Bible is still relevant. She also gets to the root of many problems that concern today’s youth, as well as offering young people hope for the future.
As the Bible came from our Creator, we would expect that their tips were feasible and practical. And so are, as evidenced by the daily experiences of thousands of young Christians today to act on it the advice of the Bible. To help young people, the Watch Tower Society has published the book What young people ask. Practical responses. This publication covers a wide range of topics of concern to young people and their advice is based on the Bible. The enthusiasm with which young readers have responded to this book, not only attests to the effectiveness of biblical instruction, but also the fact that young people want and do well when they apply. The following article presents some candid comments of young people from all over the world.
Whether you are young or old, has a moral obligation to become familiar with the Bible. Jehovah’s Witnesses have helped millions of people to do this through a free Bible study at home, and would be pleased to help you too. By becoming familiar with the advice of the Bible, and apply, young people can learn the practical solution to the problems of today and also how to gain the favor of God, who invites young people to be served. (Ecclesiastes 12:1.)
What young people ask. Practical Answers
We include below a sample of biblical advice contained in this book about some topics.
The AIDS epidemic: “Flee, then, from sexual immorality. Every sin that a person commits, is committed outside the body, but he who has sex outside of marriage sins against his own body. ” (1 Corinthians 6:18, New International Version ; compare Proverbs 5:3-20.)
The consumption of alcohol: “Do not come to be among those who drink wine in excess, between those who are gluttonous eaters of meat. For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a mere rags. At the end [the wine] just like a snake bites and secretes venom just like a snake. ” (Proverbs 23:20, 21, 32.)
Jobs: “Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station; not bet ahead of ordinary men. ” (Proverbs 22:29.)
Whatever you are doing, work at it whole-souled as to Jehovah, and not for men. “(Colossians 3:23.)
The fear of nuclear extermination, “This is what the LORD, the Creator of the heavens, He the true God, the Maker of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established, not the created simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited. ” (Isaiah 45:18, see also Isaiah 55:10, 11; Ecclesiastes 1:4.)
Economic insecurity, “will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and certainly plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Not build and someone will occupy it, not plant and another eat it. [...] Not be anxious for nothing. ” (Isaiah 65: 21-23.)
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