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How You Would LIVE If You Were "JUST AVERAGE"
Garner Ted Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: February 9, 1930
Died: September 15, 2003
Member Since: 1930
Ambassador College: 1956
Ordained: 1955
Office: Evangelist

What if you LOST, overnight, your present standard of living? What if you became, suddenly, Mr. and Mrs. "Average World"? What would you have? How would you live? Read these shocking FACTS about the ENORMOUS wealth of our peoples, and be THANKFUL, as you never have before!

   OUR national inheritances were PROPHESIED! Centuries ago, Almighty God predicted the national wealth and power of the British Commonwealth of nations and the United States. The true enormity of that wealth is scarcely realized by the average person from Sydney to Salisbury, and from Bloemfontein to Boston!
   Little do our peoples realize the frightening disparity between the "have nations" and the "have-not nations" of this world nor do we realize the terrifying events of the future which will TAKE OUR WEALTH FROM US!

America Land of the Fat and Rich

   As one expert put it: "In the United States hogs and chickens eat far better than the malnourished people of Latin America and Africa."
   Americans have been described as the world's most overfed and undernourished people fat, lazy, content with dwindling national purpose, waning national pride, and an almost obsessive lust for entertainment and pleasure we have become a worldwide symbol of the fat glut. And many a nation hates us for it.
   Just how well off are we?
   The actual truth is shocking in spite of "anti-poverty" drives within the United States.
   The average American family has available the services of various appliances equal to the physical work of ninety servants! The average income, based on the gross national product, is at $3,000.00 per year, while that of Europe is at the $1,200 to $1,800 per year level. But the underdeveloped two-thirds of the world lives on an annual per capita income of $100 per year or less.
   The question really worrying economists and governmental advisors today is, "Does the rich one-third of the world really want to live in a world where it continues to get richer and where the poor two-thirds remain miserably poor and largely illiterate?"
   Perhaps the question should be put the other way.
   Do the poor of the world want to wait for several generations to pass before they can expect even a SMALL PERCENTAGE of increase in their annual income?
   Just what are the actual differences represented by that meager $100 per year?

If you were "Just Average"

   Let's say you're an "average" middle class American family.
   To reduce your living conditions to that of the "Average" family of the world here's what would occur:
   First, we would strip your home of all its furniture. Everything would go; beds, carpets, sofas, dining set, chairs, tables, lamps everything. Probably, you don't possess a single table old enough, or rickety enough to qualify as an "average" Mr. and Mrs. World family so we would exchange all your furniture for one old wooden table of crude make, and one wooden chair.
   Next would come the kitchen.
   All cupboards would be stripped bare, then dismantled, and removed. Only one small bag of flour would stay, a box of matches, some sugar and salt. In emptying your refrigerator and freezer, your pantry and cupboards, we would substitute three or four moldy potatoes, throwing them into the garbage can. These would have to be retrieved because they would become the mainstay of your evening meal.
   Next goes all the wiring and plumbing even the fixtures. Toilets, faucets, switches, lights, disposal, ovens, stove, radios, clocks, television, telephone, fans, hairdryers, electric razors, electric knives, toasters, waffle irons, electric skillets, heaters, everything.
   The whole house is stripped clean until only the one table and chair remain and then we take away the house the family might as well move to the tool shed, minus, of course, the tools, storage, old cast-off clothing, furniture, or anything else of value.
   Then all outside communications and services would be cut off.
   Since all electric wiring is already gone, you would have no TV, telephone, or radio.
   But now we suspend postal service, delivery service, take away both your family automobiles, all boats, planes, motor bikes, scooters, wagons, or even horse-drawn vehicles leaving you, if you are slightly better off than your neighbors, one warped, ancient bicycle.
   There are no community services. No fire department, no police department as such, no public health service, no federal, state or county aid services you can turn to.
   There is one school three miles away of two rooms.
   The nearest clinic is about 10 miles away you can reach it in good weather (since the roads are all dust and mud at various times of the year, and with no drainage, no lights, no curbs, and, for that matter, no traffic) on your bicycle if you're able.
   The clinic is tended by a midwife.
   The family cash hoard consists of one five-dollar bill, buried in the dirt floor of the tool shed.
   Certainly! But NOT ONE BIT EXAGGERATED! Would you ENJOY being Mr. and Mrs. "Average World" even for a FEW DAYS?
   Now, let's look at the United States, compared with the rest of the world, as if in an imaginary world of 1,000 persons. That's taking all the THREE BILLION people on earth, and putting them into a town of 1,000 persons.
   Sixty persons would represent the United States-940 the rest of the community.
   The 60 Americans would have an average life expectancy of 70 years. The average among the other 940 would be about 40 years.
   The Americans would have about 15 times as much goods and services per person as the rest of the people. Half the total income of the entire community would be given to the 60 Americans, the remaining 940 would share (unequally) the other half.
   The community's total supply of electric power would be consumed at the rate of TWELVE TIMES as much by the Americans as by all the rest; 22 times as much coal would be used; 21 times as much oil and gasoline; 50 times as much steel; and 50 times as much general equipment of all kinds.
   Do you believe such a community could survive for long?
   Or would jealousy, bitterness, and GREED begin to motivate the other 940?

Where Did We GET Our Wealth?

   Our fantastic wealth was GIVEN to us directly!
   Remember, man only changes, shapes, forms and puts together the basic raw materials of this earth into his many modern conveniences and inventions.
   And the fabulous lands of our peoples, our mineral resources, our natural stands of timber, our sprawling grazing and farm lands, our almost endless coastlines, our strategic sea gates, our favorable climates, our very inventiveness and ingenuity all were GIVEN to us by our Creator!
   God said, of our people, "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:... his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the Stone of Israel): Even by the God of thy father, who shall HELP thee; and by the Almighty, who shall BLESS thee with the blessings of heaven above [our WEATHER], blessings of the deep that lieth under [our minerals, coal, oil, gas, and natural resources), blessings of the breasts and of the womb [our longer life expectancy, and generally better health): The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was chief among (margin) his brethren" (Gen. 49:22-26).
   If you have not yet proved to yourself OUR PEOPLES are directly referred to in this fantastic prophecy, then write immediately for your own free copy of the booklet, The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy.
   GOD gave us our national inheritances.
   But we have FORGOTTEN HIM!
   We have forgotten our very IDENTITY in the Bible have turned our backs on the One who GAVE us these ABUNDANT blessings; have defiled His lands, polluted His streams and rivers, trampled underfoot His holy days and customs, defied with impunity His great and marvelous LAWS!
   We have become a STENCH in His sight and He says He will MAKE us see FORCIBLY just what it is LIKE to be left alone in the world without God!
   He says, "For she did not KNOW that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand." (Hos. 2:8-10)
   "They that did feed delicately" warns God, "are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills!" (Lam. 4:5)
   But WHY will God do this? Listen!
   "And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, 'Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things to us?' then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours!" (Jer. 5:19)

What about YOUR personal life?

   Do YOU really OBEY God? Do you really KNOW the Bible? Do YOU CAREFULLY PROVE everything to yourself? Have you been LIVING by every word of God? If not then what the Almighty warns still applies to you!
   Our national inheritances are not WRONG God gave them to us. But with those great blessings God placed an awesome responsibility! We were to have shown the WHOLE WORLD the joys, the happiness, the wonderful PEACE that can come through obedience to God's laws. Instead, we have bequeathed to them an example of lawlessness, divorce, perverted sex, and mounting crime.
   We have not been faithful to the God who GAVE us such fantastic abundance!
   God thunders from His high heaven, "How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods; WHEN I HAD FED THEM TO THE FULL, THEY THEN committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. They were as fed horses in the morning: everyone neighed after his neighbor's wife. Shall I not visit for THESE things? saith the Eternal: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" (Jeremiah 5:7-9)
   You need to REPENT, and turn to your Creator with ALL your heart acknowledging HIM as your RULER if you are to escape the frightening holocaust of the future!

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