Inspiration Natural

Nothing can be more sure than that our thought respecting the possibility and naturalness of divine illumination will measure the everyday earnestness with which we seek for it, and the joy of our assurance of its realization in the time of need. He who looks upon the quickening which came to the ancient prophets, and especially to him who was greater than a prophet, as available only to the unique, the rarely endowed, and thinks that immediate touch with God is and can be gained only by the elect few—such a one will not be impelled to seek for this wisdom-bringing experience. Having no adequate appreciation of his privilege in Christ, he has no expectation and puts forth no intelligent effort to become the avenue through which Truth is revealed.

Christian Scientists are not infrequently criticized by other professed Christians for their seeming presumption in trying to do the Master's work, and for asserting that we may be so inspired that we can speak the word of truth effectively. To declare this to be one's privilege and prerogative, though entirely in keeping with the commands of Christ Jesus, has even been named "blasphemy" and correspondingly condemned; and no fact surely speaks in more telling terms than does this in illustration of the far removal of modern religious belief from the faith and practice of the early church.

"The glorious liberty"
April 19, 1919

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