The Lord Is at Hand

The belief in a distant God lends color to skepticism. The scoffer may well say that he needs immediate help and cannot wait for a god who has to travel to his destination. When Elijah confounded the priests of Baal he taunted them with entertaining this very belief in a distant god. "Cry aloud," he mocked, "for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked." The sick and sorrowing cry out for a Lord who is at hand, but they cannot find Him in the theologies which claimed to rule before the present world war, and have now been weighed and found wanting. These outworn doctrines and dogmas attempted to circumscribe the infinite. The soldiers and sailors at the front and their families behind the lines have learned through suffering that no reliance can be placed upon a God limited by human attributes. In the hour of peril the superhuman and everywhere present power of the Supreme Being alone availeth, the one and only God explained by Christian Science.

If the theological theories of the past, the theo-sophistries which permitted the world war to brew and burst upon defenseless nations wish to perpetuate themselves, the burden of proof lies upon them to show cause why they should be permitted to live. The false concepts of God which they taught produced the inevitable fruits of error. They alienated the real thinker or terrorized the populace. They reversed Scriptural promises, turned rose gardens into deserts, robbed childhood of its trust in good, womanhood of its rights, and manhood of its courage. Then when the inevitable self-destruction of evil led to an explosion, these fatal misconceptions would have forced the world to face hypnotism and black art without God and without hope.

"Beauty and bounty"
August 3, 1918

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