Date of Award
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
The deeply felt desire of the author for all those who read this account of the tragedy of Bangladesh is that this lesson may prove a blessing for those that have yet to experience tribulation on the earth. The Bible teaches all people will experience tribulation and the way to eterna. l life .is through tribulation (Acts 14:22). The prayer of the author is the non-Christian reader will be moved to consider the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ as the only hope of lost and needy people throughout the world. The tragedy of Bangladesh painfully demonstrates the truth of the Gospel, that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and for the Bengali people there is no other hope. Let us remember that each one of us is precious in the sight of God. It is the will of God that not one of us perish, but everyone come to repentance (II Peter 3:9). The Bengali know of their desperate need to be delivered from their oppression. Perhaps the real message of Bangladesh is meant for those of the affluent world who'have yet to realize their desperate need for forgiveness of sin and hope of eternal life after death. Bangladesh is a warning to the rest of the world. Sometimes we need to be confronted face to face with the reality of tribulation before we will turn from our pell-mell, merry-go-round life style. The Bengali have learned a wonderful lesson, how to cope in the midst of tribulation. The Bible warns tribulation is coming to the entire world yet how many people are prepared to endure even minimal discomforts and trials? I pray God will speak to the hearts of the readers through the pages of this story. Those seeking truth will learn about a Savior sent into the world to redeem a people lost in the bondage of sin. May God affirm His blessing to all who read and receive His message in this paper.
Dick, Stuart L., "The Tragedy of Bangladesh" (1982). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 412.