THE WONDERFUL WORLD TOMORROW
What It Will Be Like
by Herbert W. Armstrong
1966, 1973, 1979 edition
Table of Contents
- Three World Views --
Only One Is Going to Happen!
- One Last "Obituary" Look at Today's World
- The Cause of All World
- The New World
- Education and Religion
- Now Picture Tomorrow's
- ... And All Speaking the
One Last "Obituary" Look at Today's World
BEFORE WE LOOK AT WHAT actually is going to come -- the
peaceful, happy, joyful world tomorrow -- let's take one last
"obituary" look at this world man has built upon the earth. Take
one last look at the corpses of education, science, technology,
commerce and industry, governments, the social order, and religion.
Of course many see only the glitter, glamour, and tinsel of
today's world and think it is good. They see the temporary
pleasures, blind their eyes to the hard cold facts of reality.
Others, more aware of the world they live in, seek escape to
remote, unspoiled areas, where they can start anew, "away from it
all," and in harmony with the ecology. However, there isn't really
anywhere to go -- remember the man who, before World War II started,
thought the safest place to be was Guadalcanal?
Education Is Decadent
But take a realistic look at this world's civilization.
We look at modern education first, because it is the mother --
the alma mater -- which has spawned the scientists, captains of
industry and business, the politicians and rulers, the leaders in
the modern social order, and the theologians.
Today's world is what its leaders have made it. And the
leaders are the product of modern education. Education is defined
by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as a system by which adult leaders
of a society inject their philosophies, ideas, customs and culture
into the minds of the growing generation. Education is, and has
been through the centuries, essentially pagan in origin and
character. The academic system was founded by the pagan philosopher
The 19th and 20th centuries have witnessed the absorption of
German rationalism into the educational bloodstream -- an approach
that regards human reason as the chief source and test of
knowledge. There has been a dangerous drift into materialism and
collectivism. God is ignored. Revelation is rejected. The ancient
belief of gnosticism, meaning we know, was succeeded by
agnosticism, meaning we don't know (we are ignorant!). This
ignorance is glorified as knowledge. Professing themselves to be
wise, have not the educated become fools? Compare this with Romans
1:22 in the Bible.
Modern education trains students to earn a living in the
professions, occupations and vocations -- but fails to teach them
how to live! It commits the crime of developing the machine, but it
fails to develop the man.
In modern education we find perpetuation of false values, the
teaching of distorted history, warped psychology, perverted arts
and sciences, worthless knowledge.
Recently a leading expert on educational philosophy, Dr.
Donald M. Dozer (professor emeritus of history at the university of
California at Santa Barbara), in an article entitled "Educational
Humbuggery," wrote this about contemporary university education:
"Ours is an age dominated by half-truths, and for this
situation many causes can be found, not the least of which are
attributable to the processes of higher education.
"American universities," he added, "have succumbed to the cult
of faddism, sensationalism, and even vulgarism. New courses in
scatology, whether masquerading as sociology, anthropology, or
literature, have been given classroom platforms and
respectability .... As students have become increasingly involved in
curricular planning they have encouraged the idea that courses rich
in content inhibit their creative impulses and represent an
imposition upon them. This has led to the multiplication of
colleges of creative studies, which might better be called colleges
of undisciplined studies where lectures are eschewed as 'bourgeois'
and students educate themselves in 'rap' sessions" (The University
Bookman, winter, 1978).
A tree is known by its fruits. A mixed-up, unhappy and fearful
world in chaos, divided against itself, filled with heartaches,
frustrations, broken homes, juvenile delinquency, crime, insanity,
racial hatreds, riots and violence, wars and death; devoid of
honesty, truth and justice; now facing extinction by man-inflicted
cosmocide -- that is the fruit of modern education.
This materialistic knowledge God calls foolishness -- "For the
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God ..." (I Cor. 3:19).
So what's the cause of this educated foolishness? This day of
man -- from creation of the human race to Christ's coming back to
rule -- has been a period of 6,000 years during which God sentenced
the human world -- except for those specially called of God -- to
being cut off from God and His revealed knowledge. Human knowledge
without the Holy Spirit of God has been confined to the physical
The first man, Adam, having the opportunity to make a choice
between being thus limited in knowledge, or yielding to God's
Government (and hence receiving God's Holy Spirit), chose the
former. Actually, the natural human mind, with only the human
spirit (discussed under explanation of human nature later), is only
half complete. Man needs God's Spirit as well as the human spirit
given from birth.
Yes, today's educational intellectualism is ready to die. It
will be replaced by the right and true educational system of the
world tomorrow. This new-day system already has been introduced,
and, like the proverbial grain of mustard seed, already is
beginning to spread around the world -- teaching young men and women
the true values; the purpose of human life; the way to peace,
prosperity, happiness, abundant living. All this is made possible
only through the Holy Spirit, providing spiritual comprehension. In
the world tomorrow this true education will banish illiteracy, and
cover the earth as the ocean beds are covered with water!
Science and Technology
Today's world looks with awe at modern science as the messiah
trusted to deliver it from poverty, ignorance, disease and
unhappiness -- to solve all its problems.
Science and technology, teamed with commerce and industry,
promise the magic, push-button dream world of leisure, luxury and
But modern science has failed utterly to reveal to the world
the purpose of human life or explain its true meaning. It remains
ignorant of the true values. It does not know the way to peace! It
has failed miserably to deliver the world from poverty, famine,
disease, fears and worries, unhappiness. It has not rid the world
of broken homes, crime, insanity, immorality.
A realistic look at the fruits of modern science leads only to
disillusionment. Science and technology confine their attention to
the realm of the material and the mechanical. Purpose and meaning
of human life? The true values? Finding the way to peace, happiness
and joy? We find these basics to human welfare are not their
concern! These essentials are outside their field.
Look again to their fruits. True enough, we find the
accelerating invention and production of intricate mechanical
devices, labor-saving mechanisms that inspire admiration, and
spectacular entertainment and amusement devices.
But, then, we also observe that people have not been taught to
put added hours, days, and weeks of leisure to beneficial uses. The
fruit here is increasing idleness, aversion to work, covetousness,
desire for more and more -- and dissatisfaction with it when it is
acquired! These turn out, in practical application, to be false
values, which only increase unhappiness.
Also we find an increasing segment of adolescents, who, with
money to spend and nothing but idleness on their hands, become
frustrated, staring a hopeless future in the face, turning to
immorality, drugs, violence, and -- too often -- suicide!
And, after all, the principal contribution of modern science
and technology has been the production of constantly more
terrifying weapons of mass destruction. Push-button world? Yes,
today either of two men could push a button, and destroy two whole
continents, probably culminating in the total extinction of
Modern science stands exposed as a false messiah -- the
Frankenstein monster threatening to destroy the mankind that
Commerce and Industry
Turning to the realms of commerce and industry, surely, here,
we find a spectacle of development that excites our enraptured
admiration. Here we find an astonishing condition that would cause
people who lived a century ago -- could they suddenly come back to
life -- to gasp in amazed wonderment.
The telephone, radio, television, the motion picture in full
color, the motor car, hundred-mile-an-hour railroad trains, mammoth
oil-tankers, jet planes, spacecraft hurtling astronauts around the
earth in outer space in 90 minutes, and that send men to the moon
and back, unmanned spacecraft that take close-up photographs of the
surfaces of Mars and Jupiter, the gadgets and modern electrical
devices, the incredible modern computers -- just to name a few.
Commerce and industry each is a world within a world -- a fast-
moving, pulsating world of high-geared activity. Surely all these
magic productions cannot be bad? No -- but most of them are being
made to serve bad purposes, as well as good.
And, if we look further, we find these vibrant, high-pressure
fields of activity based on competition and greed, appealing too
often, in marketing their products, to vanity and wrong desires,
utilizing dishonesty, misrepresentation, deception, unfair dealing.
The motivating incentive is to give less, while charging more!
"Is honesty the best policy?" A magazine survey some years
back put this question to 103 business executives -- all high in
their fields. An overwhelming majority doubted whether a strictly
honest policy would enable a man to rise to the top in the business
world. Only two answered "Yes," and one of these said he knew he
was being naive.
Said one: "People who don't get dirty don't make it."
"In thirty years," said another, "I've known of only three men
who've reached executive positions cleanly, and I admit I'm not one
"The higher the executive is in the management ladder," said
a third, "the more likely he is to do some dirty work."
An appraisal of the field of modern business reveals selfish
motivation, disregard for public good, sharp practices, dishonesty,
dog-eat-dog competition! We emphatically do not find here the true
values and the outgoing concern for others that would give
happiness to the world.
The Field of Government
The politicians in the field of government are said to be in
public service. They profess to be "public servants." They are
installed in offices of authority and power. They execute the laws
that regulate and govern the people. Theirs is the power to
regulate society, guide it, and make it what it is. They are the
leaders of the people.
When we turn the searchlight on government in today's modern
world, we meet, once again, with sad and discouraging
disillusionment. Today, as in ancient times, too many of those who
seek offices of power over the people of cities, states, districts,
or nations, promise great benefits, pose as public benefactors,
while their inner motives are ambitions for personal power and
The modern world has produced three more-or-less new forms of
government. Each promises peace, happiness, and prosperity for its
people. They are: 1) French and United States republics; 2)
Swedish- and British- type limited monarchy; 3) atheistic
All three are based on a system of industry, and on diffusion
of education, and all three are predicated on the theory that every
individual has the right to share in the benefits of science,
industry, and the modern life.
But actually too often what we find is selfish, greedy men of
excessive vanity, ambitious in their lust for rule, scheming to get
their hands on the throttle of power for personal aggrandizement
and monetary gain. We find secret deals, graft, immorality,
deception, dishonesty, running rampant in high places.
Governments promise peace -- but bring wars. They promise
benefits for the people, and then extract from the people the cost
of the benefits plus excessive costs of government. Government
promises are empty. The people are the pawns who fork over the
money, in order to get a part of it back. We fail to find in human
government any knowledge of life's purpose, or dissemination of the
The Social Order
What about civilization? Let someone suggest a possible
stupendous worldwide calamity that might destroy civilization.
People would exclaim, horrified, "What? Destroy civilization?"
as if that would mean the destruction and ending of everything
worthwhile -- everything people have to live for.
People think of civilization as the sum-total of everything
good that mankind has struggled from the dawn of history to
establish. People think of civilization as the far-advanced,
intelligent, well-ordered human society that is good to the point
of perfection. The acme of human progress! Perhaps you have
accepted this popular assumption.
But is this world's civilization really good?
If the facets of human life and organization so far examined
have brought disillusionment, surely, we would think, the social
order ought to be good -- evidencing great human progress -- a proud
monument to human advancement. So now we look behind the scenes.
Now we turn the searchlight of truth on the social order of
We look first at the most populous nations, where far more
than half the world's population lives -- China, the countries of
Southeast Asia and Indonesia, India, the Arab countries of the
Middle East, and most of Africa -- as well as much of South America.
And what do we see here? Illiteracy, ignorance, retrogression,
famine, disease; people living in unbelievable poverty, filth,
squalor, stench beyond description. Victims of famine and
widespread epidemics of disease -- in many places half of all babies
die during their first year of life. Wretched beings, ill-housed,
Is that part -- the biggest part -- of this world's humanity an
example of progress, and a culture worth preserving?
But now focus the floodlight of truth on the affluent "have"
nations. Do we find the social order of the Western world based on
understanding of life's purpose and true meaning, pursuing the true
values that produce universal happiness?
Regretfully, quite the contrary. In purely social functions
and contacts -- especially among the elite of high society -- we find
an unhappy competition in snobbery and vanity, with class
distinctions, racial discrimination, religious bigotry, selfish
Look at amusements and recreations. The prevailing format in
motion pictures and television is illicit sex, violence, and
murder. Young twelve- to fifteen-year-olds hear the beat and see
the wiggle, and give themselves over in a virtually possessed
frenzy to rock music. Children start going steady about age twelve
or thirteen, and a theologian-labeled new morality becomes
"understanding" about premarital sex, adultery and perversion.
Juveniles stare in the face a hopeless future, descend into
delinquency, and in rebellion against society, organize into gangs.
One in ten today is mentally sick. Crime and violence are on
the upsurge. Divorce stalks the Western world (one for every three
marriages), leaving broken homes and frustrations in its wake. Even
those who "mount the ladder of success" -- the millionaires --
relentlessly seek more millions; and are never satisfied with what
they acquire when they have it.
This world's civilization is mentally, morally and spiritually
sick! It supplies no purpose for life, knows nothing of the true
values, has no concept of the right meaning of the word "success."
This world's civilization has been making progress in reverse.
It has become decadent, putrid, rotten, filthy, and is now bringing
about its own destruction!
But the future is not hopeless. This present evil world is to
be replaced -- in our time -- by the happy, joyous, peaceful world
What Has Religion Contributed?
Well, surely we should expect to find, at long last, in
religion the knowledge of life's purpose, the true values, and the
right ways that should make this world a better world -- a happy
world -- a peaceful world.
Here, at last, we must surely find a stabilizing and uplifting
influence for society.
Yet, shocking though it be -- incredible though it is -- if we
put the searchlight on the facts, and view them realistically with
an open mind, we find here the most sickening disillusionment of
Reluctant though we are to recognize it, we find the
established religious organizations which profess the name of Jesus
Christ teaching the diametric opposite of His teachings --
condemning the customs He practiced -- following, instead, the pagan
customs He condemned!
The churches of the Western world are divided and in
confusion. They have not converted, saved, and reformed the whole
world as they profess to have been commissioned to do. If that be
their mission, they have failed miserably.
Methodist Bishop Hazen G. Werner once said: "We have been
dried out by the hot winds of secularism. We who are to overcome
the world have been overcome by the world."
"The Church," said Harvard Divinity School's Dean Miller,
"simply does not have a cutting edge [it has thrown away the 'two-
edged sword' -- the Bible]. It has taken the culture of our time and
To this, Yale's Chaplain Coffin agrees, "We church men are
gifted at changing wine into water -- watering down religion."
This world's so-called Christianity has taken the name of
Christ -- has proclaimed to the world that Jesus of Nazareth was the
Christ -- has preached the name of Christ with a Message about His
Person -- but they have rejected His Gospel -- the Gospel God sent
for all mankind by Him -- the Gospel He taught.
Look at the other religions of the world -- Buddhism,
Shintoism, Taoism, Confucianism, Moslemism, Hinduism, and the
others. In most countries where these religions are embraced, we
find illiteracy, poverty, degeneration, misery, suffering, despair
-- general unhappiness. None of them has produced a happy world.
They have spawned communal wars, hatreds, and violence.
So we have appraised the major facets of modern civilization --
this world's education, its science and technology, its commerce
and industry, its systems of government, its social order, and its
religions -- the civilization man has developed, swayed by Satan.
And we have found them all wrong -- all evil -- all decadent. They
are ready to die. The 6,000 years of man is ending. But the Eternal
God will soon usher in the utopian world of peace and happiness!
And where have these major branches of civilization brought
us? Just what is the status of 20th century "progress"? What is the
actual state of the world today?
When we take a hard, cold, realistic view of conditions and
trends, they do point inevitably to a fast-approaching world crisis
of combined nuclear war, starvation, uncontrollable disease
epidemics, crime and violence, and the extinction of human life on
Man has no solution!
The farther he goes, the more destructive are his efforts.
And yet -- absolute utopia is soon to grip this earth in our
time, and we shall see world peace. We shall see sickness banished;
vigorous health restored; ignorance replaced with universal right
education; poverty replaced with universal prosperity; weeping and
wailing turned into happiness and joy!
Why should it be?
Why? -- yes, why should we have a world where more than half of
the world's people are living in abject ignorance and poverty,
wracked with disease and pain, living in filth and squalor and
wretchedness? Why, even in our prosperous Western nations, should
our lands be filled with sickness and pain; plagued by crime,
violence, riots; broken and unhappy homes, juvenile delinquents of
delinquent parents, frustrations with no hope for the future?
Does it make sense? Do we not realize that there is a cause
for every effect? Why are people blind to the cause of all this
The Two Alternatives
Let's face it. Right now there are two alternatives. Either
there does exist a living God of Supreme mind and total power, who
very soon will step in and intervene in the affairs of this world,
and save humanity from itself, or else the threatened extinction
pictured above must inevitably soon occur.
There is no other alternative.
One may blind his eyes to existing facts, and trends, and say,
"Now, come on! I can't see that this world is any worse than it
ever was -- nothing's going to happen. If we just ignore the
conditions and don't worry, perhaps they'll just go away." But
these conditions and trends won't just go away. Not unless they are
caused to go away!
The Scriptures of the Holy Bible, the inspired revelation of
that Supreme God to mankind, have foretold today's world conditions
and trends -- and give us the advance news of coming peace on earth
-- of universal prosperity -- of happiness and joy -- of veritable
This is the good news of the world tomorrow.
And it is absolutely sure. It is sure, because it does not
depend on men, or anything men might do. God is going to do it, in
spite of rebellious man. Man would fail. Man always did fail. God