This book, reader, is not published to tell us that there is sin and woe and misery in this world. We know it all too well. This book is not published to tell us that there is an irreconcilable controversy between darkness and light, sin and righteousness, wrong and right, death and life. In our heart of hearts we know it, and know that we are participators, actors, in the conflict.
But to every one of us comes at times a longing to know more of the great controversy. How did the controversy begin? Or was it always here? What elements enter into its awfully complex aspect? How am I related to it? What is my responsibility? I find myself in this world by no choice of my own.
Does that mean to me evil or good? What are the great principles involved? How long will the controversy continue? What will be its ending? Will this earth sink, as some scientists say, into the depths of a sunless, frozen, eternal night? Or is there a better future? The question comes closer still: How may the controversy in my own heart, the strife between inflowing selfishness and outgoing love, be settled in the victory of good, and settled forever? What does the Bible say? What has God to teach us about this eternally important question? It is the aim of this book, reader, to help the troubled soul to a right solution of all these problems.
It is written by one who has tasted and
found that God is good, and who has learned in communion with God
and the study of his word that the secret of the Lord is with them that
fear Him, and that He will show them His covenant.
That we may better understand the principles of the all-important
controversy, in which the life of a universe is involved, the author
has set it before us in great, concrete object lessons of the last twenty