Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957
"Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already unto harvest."
These words of Christ summarise a talk by Mr. Arthur Skeels, of the Oriental Missionary Society, to the E.U. recently. Having visited Hong Kong, Formosa, Japan, and Korea (South), he was able to speak challengingly on the great opportunity for Christianity in those lands today. In places where war has shattered old beliefs as well "as buildings, there is a hunger for a faith to fill the gap. In these lands, where not only population but literacy rate are increasing so rapidly, there are great opportunities for spreading the Gospel.
Another recent talk to E.U. was given by an Indian student, John Subramani, on "The Failure of a Successful Man"—the rich and self-centred materialist who gave no thought to God or ultimate destination of his soul till it was too late. "There are two sorts of death." he said, "ordinary physical death and the death after physical death, the penalty of sin, the separation of the soul from God." As all have sinned, all would be doomed to this second death if the Son of God had not taken the sins of men on Himself when He died on the Cross. It is often said God must be cruel to punish us for our sins, but we must remember He has offered us all a way of escape. If a man drowns because he won't accept the life line thrown to him, the would-be rescuer can't be blamed for his death.
Two films. "The Facts of Faith" and "Time and Eternity." were shown to enthusiastic audiences at the subsequent E.U. meetings. A talk by Frank Stephens, M.Sc., a V.U.C. graduate, on "Are Science and Christianity Compatible?" provoked some interesting discussion.
"Salient" is no longer the "official organ" of the Students' Association, even in name, following a decision of the Exec. The vote was easily carried after it was pointed out that it might be considered that "Salient" stated the Exce. viewpoint.