Our Ideas of God

The Watchman

A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST writing on this subject would phrase his thought somewhat differently, but the author of the following paragraphs refers to the authority of Jesus' words and their relation to Christianity in a way that will prove helpful.—EDS.

Within the lifetime of middle-aged men the question has shifted from what truth can be proved from the Scriptures, to what truth can be proved about the Scriptures, and now it is what can be proved about God. We are getting back to essential and fundamental things. No arguments perhaps can demonstrate the existence of God, but men are so made that like the writers of the Scriptures they spontaneously make the grand assumption of His existence. But the exigent question is what kind of a being is He? What are His relations to the universe? What are His moral qualities? What conception are we to form of His character?

December 18, 1902

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