Knowledge is Power

"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." So spake Jesus at the close of his earthly career, and well may we ponder his words. In the midst of varied and conflicting human conceptions of power, the desire for it often leads men and nations to measure their strength against that of their fellows in deadly strife. Such a sense of power leaves only ruin and desolation in its track; the greatest warrior has never claimed or sought the ability to heal a single wound, or to restore to life one of his victims; he is an agent only of destruction. True, other concepts than this have had their place in the world, but they have all failed even to approximate the Christ ideal which begins and ends with the dominion of Spirit, Mind, whose mighty and beneficent influence extends to everything within the compass of thought.

This concept was fully realized in the ministry of Christ Jesus, who claimed no intelligence, no potency apart from which he declared that all power was given unto him.

It is undeniable that knowledge is power; that no one can impart to others a knowledge which he does not himself possess, and that knowledge which cannot be imparted is of small value. It is further manifest that the absence of knowledge gives rise to confusion, to opposing beliefs, a fact which has been overlooked by the religious systems that have sprung up since Jesus' time. They have blindly ignored the relation of his wonderful demonstrations in the healing of the sick and suffering to his positive knowledge concerning God and man, and have overlooked the fact of his constant effort to impart this knowledge in order that healing ministry might be perpetuated, and the kingdom of God established, as Paul said, "not in word, but in power."

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Letters to our Leader
May 28, 1904

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