Be Good to Yourself

We continue, this week, to look at The Way to Happiness, a booklet and now a movie, which points us to the ultimate goal of personal peace and affluence.

At first glance, this mission certainly seems commendable. There’s something missing however – God. While the publishers claim that this booklet contains “the formula for happier living for the individual – and for all mankind,” the formula intentionally excludes God. “The Way to Happiness was specifically written as a non-religious work,” states the website. They don’t want to offend people, it seems. Nor will they with this booklet, full of what its authors call “practical wisdom.” Just a look at the chapter titles confirms the non-controversial and non-confrontational nature of the “formula.”

  1. Take care of
  2. Be temperate.
  3. Don’t be promiscuous.
  4. Love and help children.
  5. Honor and help your parents.
  6. Set a good example.
  7. Seek to live.
  8. Do not murder.
  9. Don’t do anything illegal.
  10. Support a government designed and run for all the people.
  11. Do not harm a person of goodwill.
  12. Safeguard and improve your environment.
  13. Do not steal.
  14. Be worthy of trust.
  15. Fulfill your obligations.
  16. Be in industrious.
  17. Be competent.
  18. Respect the religious beliefs of others.
  19. Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do to You.
  20. Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you.
  21. Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.
  22. Flourish and prosper.

I can’t help but notice that #1 starts out with #1. Take care of #1, yourself; look out for #1.

Most of that sounds pretty good, though, and nice. Some of it, it can be argued, is even Biblical. The problem is that it’s wrong. While following this formula may lead to better relations with other individuals and maybe even between nations, it cannot lead to eternal happiness. There is, however, a document which proclaims, authoritatively, how to end up happy. It’s called the Covenant of Grace. Long ago, God promised that He would be our God and we would be His people. This promise was to be “eternal.” It has never been abrogated.

For more information on the Biblical principle, see Genesis 17:1-8 and Hebrews 9:15.

What do you think about TWTH and the Bible? Are they compatible? Do they lead to the same place? Do all roads lead to heaven?

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