Eye on the world: Assurance in every season

In “How to make natural calamities ‘dull’The Christian Science Monitor reports on the “cycle of tragedy and begging” when the world’s poorest countries experience a devastating natural disaster, and they turn desperately to the international community for emergency aid. However, there is an opportunity for ameliorating this problem through national insurance plans. When a natural disaster hits a poor country that does not have an insurance plan, there is an immediate dependence on the global community to give donations to aid organizations. Proper aid could be ensured by establishing a large-scale disaster insurance plan. The current dynamic of chaotic dependency on aid donations is being challenged by “providing incentives for countries to reduce the risk from disasters through insurance on a regionwide scale.” Insurance plans will not eliminate the need for aid donations when a poor country suffers a natural disaster, but this planning measure could strengthen the foundation from which a country starts to rebuild.

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.… For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

Psalms 72:8, 12

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

The definitions of material law, as given by natural science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against itself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they contradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 118

Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 69

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Assurance”: “God being infinite good, omnipotent and omnipresent, there is and can be only good in store for His children. When we fully realize that good is the only power and reality, and cling steadfastly to the fact that man is not person, but idea, the likeness of divine Love, having dominion over all the earth, reflecting health, in that proportion we are bringing ourselves into the kingdom of heaven here and now. Thus are we exercising faith, confidence, and assurance in God’s ability and willingness to guide, guard, sustain, and protect each and all of His ideas.” And: “Christian Science is truly a message of hope and joy, of assurance of man’s ability to overcome every discordant condition by a true, demonstrable understanding of the nature and quality of God. It is carrying its message, proclaiming as did the angel to the prophet shepherds, ‘Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’”

In “Spiritual assurance”: “Spiritual assurance always attends the perception and acknowledgment of man’s at-one-ment with the Father. Assurance of divine reality precludes any belief that man could ever deviate from his true being or that he could ever be outside the divine presence. It enables one to know that man is always the loved of Love.” And: “The impersonal Saviour comes into our consciousness to heal and bless when we are in the wilderness of some human need. Even though we wrestle with some problem through the night, as did Jacob of old, we can always be assured of the unreality of evil’s every claim. But we must all come to the conviction, as did Jacob, of God’s presence and power. Then we too shall be blessed and cry out that we have seen God face to face.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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