In the Scriptures many accounts may be found of God's protecting care of His people, and their guidance and deliverance in times of trial and danger, both in individual and national instances. These are frequently read with doubt and incredulity, or as records of the past which have no connection with the present; nevertheless, though assailed by shafts of philosophical scorn and atheistical wit, these accounts stand in testimony of divine response to human need. Religious faith has accepted them without understanding, believing in God as personal and corporeal, yet omnipresent; good and all-powerful, yet knowing and consenting to evil; beholding the need of His children, and sometimes stretching forth His arm to help and deliver, sometimes withholding aid in the hour of direst distress.

To Christian Scientists these glorious records are living, glowing lessons, touching closely the present, because the divine Principle governing all is being daily demonstrated in ways no less positive, and often no less miraculous to human sense, than in the days of prophets and apostles. Has God changed? Is the nature of Deity variable, and is eternal truth farther from man's ken now and less available for his needs than aforetime? Is retrogression in the most important factor in human history, namely, religion, to be admitted, in the face of the boasted advancement and achievements of the world's thought in other directions? Christian Science gives a decided negative to these queries, teaching and, moreover, demonstrating the exact opposite, giving an intelligent comprehension and understanding before which the so-called miraculous ceases to appear as a contradiction of law, but instead, evil and discord are seen to be strange, unnatural, and questionable. Christian Science thus unfolds the natural, reasonable harmony which results from the operation of eternal, spiritual law.

Faith, established on a scientific foundation, no longer gives place to fear and doubt, because confidence in the accomplishment of that which to-day seems problematical, perhaps impossible, is based upon the knowledge that today's realization and possession of good was at one time as illusory and vague and as difficult of practical utilization. Such a trust or confidence is above and beyond the human cry, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief;" it declares confidently, "I know whom I have believed."

September 21, 1907

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