The 17th-century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes famously said in describing the condition of humanity, “The life of man is nasty, brutish and short.” For most of human history that has been the story of mankind. If there is a God, how could He allow such suffering? That question has led many to atheism. A common phrase on tombstones is “Gone but not forgotten.” But the reality is that man has forgotten with the passage of time, but God has never forgotten all those who have gone before. There is only One who truly remembers them, and that is God. And He has a plan for them as shown by this day—a plan that will enable all who have ever lived to attain all they ever hoped and dreamed for but could never attain in a world of spiritual imprisonment under the misrule of Satan the devil. What does this day teach us about the nature of the God whom we worship?
United Church of God Pastor, Beyond Today Managing Editor
Scott Ashley is managing editor of Beyond Today magazine, United Church of God booklets and its printed Bible Study Course. He and his wife, Connie, live near Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Ashley attended Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas, graduating in 1976 with a theology major and minors in journalism and speech. It was there that he first became interested in publishing, an industry in which he has worked for more than 40 years.