The Refining Fire

In these days when so many people are finding themselves face to face with what appears the total loss of all they possess; when men are leaving their homes and giving up their profession or business to join the army or navy or otherwise serve their country, it is not to be wondered at that almost every one is asking the why and the wherefore and the meaning of it all. Never before perhaps have men thought and questioned and reasoned so deeply, and as the rude awakening goes on old standards and household gods are proved valueless.

Amid this cataclysm the Christian Scientist can stand calm and undismayed, and prove to the world that he has a reason for the faith that is in him; and that such proof is not wanting is evidenced by the vast number of people who today are in consequence turning to Christian Science in their extremity. There are few, if any, who have been left untouched by the vast tidal wave that is at present surging over more than half the world, and it is interesting to note how varied are the problems which confront the individual and how differently they are regarded. Yet are they fundamentally so varied after all? Are they not all fruit of "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil"? and despite the variety of kinds of fruit, does not the problem which confronts the individual in each case resolve itself into that of proving the unreality of evil?

Building a Church
February 10, 1917

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