CAN YOU PICTURE a world in which corruption doesn't exist? Where there's no cheating on tests or taxes? No lust for money or power? Could there be a world so just that the only courts needed are "the courts of the Lord"? Where, as a Bible poet wrote, we enter only to thank God for His enduring truth, for the impartial wealth of His love (see Ps. 116:19 and 100:4).

Clearly, that isn't the way many perceive the world. In a survey conducted by CNN/Opinion Research after the disclosure of what may be the worst ever investment fraud scheme, CNN reported that 74 percent of Americans believe that such "behavior is common among financial advisors and institutions" (David Goldman, "Americans think [Bernard] Madoff's behavior is common—poll," December 23, 2008).

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