The nation embarked on a whole new era redefining itself as an industry leader and a world power. People by the thousands were moving out from the fields and into the city. A symbol of the times that would help set the stage to define society later in the century was the production of the Ford Model T.
The year was 1910 and life was much different than it is today.
For instance: The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
There were only 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads.
Fuel for cars was only sold in drug stores (along with heroin, morphine and marijuana).
Only 14% of homes owned a bathtub.
Only 8% of homes had a telephone.
The average U.S. wage was 22 cents per hour.
More than 95% of all births occurred at home.
Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education.
The leading cause of death was pneumonia/influenza, followed by tuberculosis.
Sugar cost 4 cents/lb., eggs were fourteen cents/dozen and coffee was 15 cents/lb.
Most women only washed their hair once month using Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Two out of ten adults couldn’t read or write and only 6% graduated from high school.
Life has changed from a hundred years ago.
But people haven’t.
Whoever thought that the superhighways of the Eisenhower era would transform family life and usher in the era of mobility and convenience? Today another superhighway has been built called the internet. Information bridges the gap between the expanse of cities, states and oceans. News and current events which once took days to receive a century ago, now takes seconds. Pictures of grandkids, a prized possession a century ago, would travel for months, if taken at all. Now, with a few clicks of a mouse, a beaming grandparent can view pictures posted on a family website or connect with grandkids in a whole new way via Facebook. Who could have imagined this only a hundred years ago?
Technology has changed, but people haven’t.
In the midst of societal and technological change that is occurring now at dizzying speed, the methods of engagement with people still remain the same. People still need people. Real friendships and family relationships are still important components of who we are and how we live. They satisfy our deepest longings. And it is still true that through relationships, eternal truth is introduced, love is displayed, and lives are changed. No matter how society changes, eternal truth remains the same.
God’s Word is still relevant today as it was when Christ walked the earth and taught his disciples. Salvation by faith alone is still the means to a right relationship with God as it was and always has been centuries ago. In an age where man’s ingenuity and technological advances are re-shaping truth and even declaring it as no longer absolute, Christianity needs not only be defended, but defined.
And in the growing tide of Mormonism, a religion brilliantly cloaked under the guise of Christianity, we are presented with a unique opportunity to reveal what is eternally true. To contrast the stark differences between Mormonism and Christianity, we can ask these questions;
Why did God need to provide a plan for our salvation?
God’s Word teaches that we are dead in sin and need God to rescue us from eternal hell. Mormonism teaches that God’s plan helps us mature to our divine potential and reach exaltation [to become a god].
What is the plan of salvation?
God’s Word teaches that God sent Jesus Christ to the world to rescue us from sin. Mormonism teaches that Heavenly Father gives us tests to prove our worthiness so we may continue our eternal progression.
Who works the plan of salvation?
God’s Word teaches that Jesus Christ became our substitute on the cross fulfilling the penalty of sin. Mormonism teaches that Heavenly Father gave us a plan for our eternal progression and now it is up to us to carry it out.
What is our contribution to the plan of salvation?
God’s Word teaches that faith alone receives the full benefit of Christ’s completed work on the cross – a faith worked in us by the Holy Spirit. Mormonism teaches that it is up to us to do all we can do to prove our worthiness and receive the benefits of exaltation.
Opportunity can be seen as a privilege. And as Christians living in today’s world, opportunities are presenting themselves more and more to define what it is to be a Christian by the sole means of God’s Word.