Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
November 28, 1963
NUMBER 30, PAGE 4,9b

More Blessed To Give


It was Christ in person who taught, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." We want to call this brief bit of truth to the attention of all our readers — in an appeal that they ACT upon the principle in the matter of gift subscriptions to friends and loved ones. In order to make it possible for EACH SUBSCRIBER to have part in this effort we are lowering the price of a "gift subscription" to new subscribers to the low, low figure of only $2.50 per year — which is considerably below production costs. In fact, it barely pays for the actual printing of the paper, with no allowance at all for production, handling, mailing expense, and all the substantial overhead costs which must be absorbed.

The very life of any paper, secular or religious, depends on its circulation. And every paper is interested always in increasing the number of paid subscribers. But so far as the Gospel Guardian is concerned the increased number of subscribers is incidental to what we REALLY want to do — get the message of truth into the hands and hearts of every single person in this nation and in the world who might be in any way receptive to it! YOU can help; your help is needed; your help is urgently sought! Will you give it?

We are coming into that season of the year when thousands of people begin to think of GIFTS for those they love. What better gift could you make to some friend than a gift that will be repeated fifty times through the year? And which will bring spiritual help, instruction, inspiration, fundamental teaching to strengthen and build up the reader? We seek from our loyal friends TWO things: (1) We plead that one new gift subscription be sent in by EACH Subscriber; and (2) we ask for the names and addresses of five people to whom we can mail sample copies of the Gospel Guardian.

This really isn't too much to ask, is it? We believe you will respond — and do it NOW! (Before you forget all about it...) F.Y.T.

Men And Machines

Our generation has been so overwhelmed by "machines" that the human being has lost stature and importance all the way along. But man is still important. A recent meeting of the medical staff of a big insurance company (Mutual of New York) pointed out the following facts concerning the human circulatory system:

During any 24 hour period....

The heart beats more than 100,000 times. Approximately 15,000 pints of blood are passed through the heart and ejected into the body.

About 240 billion red blood cells are destroyed and another 240 billion are produced in the marrow of the bones. (And all the marvelous scientific ability of the entire world of science combined cannot produce even ONE such cell!)

Blood is the magic fluid which (I) helps the cells of the body live and function by bringing them oxygen from the lungs and by removing carbon dioxide from the cells back to the lungs where it is expelled; (2) carries food from the intestines to the cells and removes waste products; (3) furnishes water to the cell tissues at all times; (4) regulates the body temperature; (5) carries the hormones which control so many of the vital bodily functions, and (6) serves as a constant safe-guard against infection through the action of the white cells, antibodies and certain complex chemical substances.

It was David who wrote: "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalm 139:14) The human body is infinitely more complicated than the most sophisticated and intricate devise ever even imagined by the human intellect. All of us have been amazed at the feats of the modern electronic computing machines and data processing equipment. But it is estimated that a machine affording even the rudimentary possibilities of the human mind would have to cover a field at least twenty acres in size! And the greatest of these instruments now, the most advanced yet made, can easily be put into an average-size room.

In time past the dabbler in science was on occasion wont to belittle the idea of God, and to joke about any such omnipotent Being. But as the field of knowledge has exploded in all directions it has had a tremendously sobering effect on these hitherto laughing skeptics. They have come to realize, and be awed by, the incredibly complicated nature of the universe in which we live. Whether they believe in the God the Bible sets forth or not, they are now realizing that the attempt to say this universe "just happened" and that the infinitely complex parts of it, inter-related one to another as they are, all come into being, and into their relationship by "blind chance" marks one as inconceivably naive!