Error can do but one thing, namely, destroy itself, or rather its seeming self; for Christian Science teaches us that error has no real selfhood. The literature and history of all countries and ages abound with instances of evil bringing its own doom, of the eventual triumph of right, this coming about as the natural operation of moral and spiritual law. The most striking among these, however, are the instances where this law was understandingly applied, with confidence in its unfailing operation; for in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy we read: "The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence" (p. 504).

In no place is this truth more clearly and beautifully illustrated than in the case of the three young Hebrews who were thrown into the fiery furnace. During their captivity these princes of Israel had proved that they could trust God in all emergencies, and there is no indication of fear when they are summoned before the king and accused of failing to worship the golden image that he had set up. To his indignant question, "Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?" they respond fearlessly: "O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."

May 3, 1913

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