Day of Happiness

According to the United Nations, today is International Happiness Day. In the statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he says:

Happiness may have different meanings for different people.  But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.

Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury.  It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family.

Happiness, and the pursuit thereof, has been desired by mankind since the Fall. The Children’s Catechism published by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church notes that after Adam and Eve sinned, “Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.” Nehemiah Coxe, a 17th century Particular Baptist, also noted the issue of happiness:

The great interest of man’s present peace and eternal happiness is most closely concerned in religion. And all true religion since the fall of man must be taught by divine revelation which God by diverse parts and after a diverse manner has given out to his church. He caused this light gradually to increase until the whole mystery of his grace was perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. -Nehemiah Coxe, Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ (p.33)

There will be an international happiness day, but that day is yet to come.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. -Revelation 21:3-4 (ESV)

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