In the Bible we read: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." When the glorious promise contained in this passage of Scripture first dawned on the consciousness of the writer, through the study of Christian Science, thought was filled with gratitude and praise. The declaration of God's goodness is so definite, and the reason of our success or failure to manifest this goodness is so clearly pointed out, that we see, in the degree of our reliance on this promise, that no man can ask in vain, unless he "ask amiss."

In the light of Jesus' teaching, God is proclaimed to be a loving, merciful, unchanging, omnipotent Father. Jesus' life proved his understanding of God's law, and his words, "Go thy way; thy son liveth," were a proof that he knew the infallibility of the commandments. He never took God's name in vain, and his saying, "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive," were a reminder that the promise of the fulfilment of the law is unchanged, and is for all time. Our Leader's message to this age points thought again to an unchanging, omnipotent Principle, and every healing in Christian Science is a proof that the law and promise stand for the present generation as surely as for the past.

April 16, 1910

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