In our quest to solve man's problems using scientific and social theories,we have over-solved & over-simplified these "solutions". In fact, these solutions have been man's undoing and shall remain his greatest burdens. I think of his attempt to solve his problem of nakedness in Eden. Man's only solution without side-effect is to be broken before Christ accepting his need of deliverance and his failures to proffer one. But man is proud and man is evil!
As a point of correction, those "solutions" were not and are not solutions at all. They are worse than morphine, worse than the drinking of liquor or beer to "feel" good. Of all the "solutions" man has been proffering for himself, which one has worked? Which of those that relieve man's misery are without side-effects? But oh, how one hour sincerely and heartily spent at the feet of the Cross remove a world of troubles, sorrows and confusions with a single stroke. Science and philosophy is to make us feel the misery of man and acknowledge more and more the terrible mists of darkness that have engulfed man since he departed from God's ways.
"Let man consider what he is in comparison with all existence; let him regard himself as lost in this remote corner of nature; and from the little cell in which he finds himself lodged, I mean the universe, let him estimate at their true value the earth, kingdoms, cities, and himself. What is a man in the Infinite?.... For, in fact, what is man in nature? A Nothing in comparison with the Infinite, an [all] in comparison with the [n]othing, a mean between nothing and everything. Since he is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their beginning are hopelessly hidden from him in an impenetrable secret; he is equally incapable of seeing the [n]othing from which he was made, and the Infinite in which he is swallowed up." (Blaise Pascal, 1660)
A man without science live and die happy, but how many great "minds" have lived in sorrow and died in misery. Dear friend, I beseech you that you submit to God's solution; "be ye reconciled to God". And it is a simple one. You don't pray, you don't read the Bible, you don't think about eternity, you don't think on Christ. How can you be happy? O be wise and consider your latter end. Your heart is evil, your enemies are many and your mountain is too great and difficult for you to scale! But there is a friend that can help you; a Saviour that can save you and a God that will accept you, if only you return. I returned years ago (5th Aug., 2002) and it's been grand all along.
(Edward is my favorite alongside R. M. McCheyne)