A Refuge from the Storm

Christian Science teaches its students to search for and find the reason for things, and never to stop until they have reached the unchanging basis of divine Principle. Throughout long years Christian people have believed, and believed rightly, that God governs all things; it must be understood, however, that by all things is meant all that is included in the divine creation which was pronounced by its creator good. People have been led to believe that somehow or other God had changed His original standard of infinite good, and had come to express His power in evil. Thus it has been believed that God is responsible for storm and tempest, for the destructive forces which are the cause of so much human suffering, and also for the pests which destroy vegetation and deprive mankind of the grains and fruits needed for their sustenance. Christian Science challenges this belief, and insists that God, divine Principle, can never be untrue to His own nature, can never express Himself in aught unlike Truth and Love.

The question then arises,—and it is one which cannot be evaded in the present age,—If God does not send storm and tempest, and is not responsible for sin, sickness, and death, whence come these terrible and undesirable conditions? The one outside of Christian Science who hesitates to charge these ills to the Almighty replies at once that these things are the necessary expression of nature's laws; but this reply only evades the question, for if God is admitted to be the one Lawgiver, then He would be responsible for all the conditions which are the outcome of the laws instituted by Him. It is true that we find much in the Scriptures which seems to support the belief that God is the author of the storm as well as of the calm, but from the Christian Science viewpoint this was merely an expression of the mistaken belief which has been held by mortals throughout the ages, so long as they accepted as real the evidences of material sense. Ever and anon there came, however, gleams of divine light; and so we find the psalmist telling us of those who were delivered by God "from their destructions." Then follows this beautiful passage: "They cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still."

July 6, 1918

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