PRESUMPTION

Be penitent for your sins, and yet despair not: be strong in faith, yet presume not.—Lady Jane Grey.

The word presumption is derived from the Latin words præ before, and sumere, to take. The New International Encyclopedia gives as the legal sense of the word, "An inference as to the existence of a fact not known or proved to exist." In Christian Science we might define it as blind faith in God, unsupported by an understanding of Priniciple. The Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopedia gives the meaning of the word presumption, in its relation to religion in general, as "a bold and daring confidence in the goodness of God, without obedience to His will." Admitting the correctness of this definition, it must necessarily follow that one may confidently depend upon the goodness of God in all times of need, if obedient to His will.

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