It is the unexplained inconsistency of a professedly Christian people that they should continue to reckon as legitimate and true what God condemns, or what is logically out of keeping with His infinite nature. Laws which do not acknowledge the supremacy and sovereignty of divine Spirit; an asserted intelligence which can think good or evil at its will; a blind material force which dooms mankind, without respect to age or circumstance, to conditions that outrage even the human sense of justice and mercy,—these are believed by some to be as true as Deity Himself. What, then, shall we do with the Scriptural teaching from Genesis to Revelation, that God is the only power, intelligence, or creator? Or what shall we say of the verdict of history, that fidelity to the right, that is to divine Principle, has brought to nations and individuals the only enduring success and prosperity?

The appeal of Joshua to the Israelites in applicable today: "If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve." An evil thing to serve the Lord! Although we are no longer tempted to bow down to material idols, do we not with unblushing abandon acknowledge "other gods" than the one "I am"? Are not Christians virtually taught that it is unwise, an evil thing to trust in God with the whole heart? Are not the criticisms of Christian Science on this point equivalent to the declaration that it is wiser to serve God only in part, and that we should serve man-made laws the other part? Is it not a fact that while religions generally admit the claims of God as infinite and supreme, the general practice of religionists is not based upon that concept of Deity? Nevertheless, are we not led to believe in the Scriptures that it is practise alone which God cares for, and not human theories? Surely, if it is evil or unprofitable or unwise to take the teaching of God's allness into our lives, it must be equally so to acknowledge it in doctrine.

September 21, 1912

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