Eternal Goodness

When days seem dark for men and nations we shall do well to lift thought above the mortal outlook to the infinite and eternal goodness. A wonderful lesson may be learned from Moses' experience, when he was wrestling with "a stiff-necked people" and surrounded by hostile tribes. Without divine aid he could not have endured, but he did what we all may do in time of stress, he called mightily upon God, and divine Love answered, "I will make all my goodness pass before thee."

Again and again do we find the goodness of God presented in Holy Writ, the psalmist saying, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." Paul discriminatingly prays that the Thessalonians may "fulfil all the good pleasure of his [God's] goodness, and the work of faith with power." This is in line with the words of our text-book (p. 213), "Every step toward goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency toward God, Spirit." Mrs. Eddy adds that "material theories partially paralyze this attraction toward infinite and eternal good by an opposite attraction toward the finite, temporary, and discordant." Chief among these theories is the belief that evil has more power than goodness, and the wide prevalence of this belief on the part of professed Christian is simply astonishing. The psalmist declares, "Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite," and Christian Scientists hold to this as the very foundation of their hope, the basis of their demonstration, whatever difficulty may present itself, for they know that linked to this power and understanding is changeless and eternal goodness.

Symbol and Substance
October 24, 1914

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