Is a Fair Economic System Possible?
In one country after another, people have taken to the streets, protesting what they feel are unfair economic conditions. Those problems were made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, which fueled unrest, as lockdowns, shortages, and limited access to health care exposed the gulf between rich and poor.
Will we ever see an end to the economic problems that plague the world? Yes. The Bible describes what God will do to solve the problems we are facing.
Economic problems that God will solve
Problem: Humans have not established an economic system that satisfies the needs of all people.
Solution: God will replace human governments with his own, called the Kingdom of God. It will rule from heaven over the entire earth.—Daniel 2:44; Matthew 6:10.
Result: As a global government, God’s Kingdom will administer earth’s affairs perfectly. People will never again be trapped in poverty or suffer economic insecurity. (Psalm 9:7-9, 18) Instead, they will enjoy the results of their labor and experience a productive, satisfying life with their families. The Bible promises: “They will build houses and live in them, and they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. They will not build for someone else to inhabit, nor will they plant for others to eat.”—Isaiah 65:21, 22.
Problem: People cannot escape events that bring suffering and want.
Solution: By means of his Kingdom, God will remove all causes of fear and insecurity.
Result: Under God’s care, people will no longer experience events that rob them or their family of life’s necessities. For example, wars, food shortages, and pandemics will be things of the past. (Psalm 46:9; 72:16; Isaiah 33:24) God says: “My people will dwell in a peaceful abiding place, in secure dwellings and in tranquil resting-places.”—Isaiah 32:18.
Problem: People are often exploited by those who are selfish and greedy.
Solution: Subjects of God’s Kingdom will learn to put genuine love for others ahead of self-interest.—Matthew 22:37-39.
Result: Under God’s Kingdom, everyone will display godly love, which “does not look for its own interests.” (1 Corinthians 13:4, 5) The Bible states: “They will not cause any harm or any ruin in all my holy mountain, because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovaha as the waters cover the sea.”—Isaiah 11:9.
The Bible indicates that we are living in the last days of the current system of things and that soon God will fulfill his promise to bring an end to all economic problems.b (Psalm 12:5) In the meantime, Bible principles can help you cope with the economic problems you face now. For example, see the articles “How to Live on Less” and “A Balanced View of Money.”
a Jehovah is God’s name as revealed in the Bible.—Psalm 83:18.
b To learn why you can trust the Bible, see the article “The Bible—A Reliable Source of Truth.”