True Saving

Because of the commonly accepted meaning of the word save, humanity has become accustomed to believe in the possibility of an experience of so-called loss. Particularly during the recent war was the possibility of this experience emphasized by the innumerable admonitions from all sources to be saving of certain commodities or that we should perform stated functions in order that the possible loss of those things held most dear might be forestalled. Often have we heard it said that definite conditions must become manifest in order that a situation be saved and as often have we observed, though remedy after remedy is applied and all known precautions taken to avert a calamity, that the sense of loss seems to predominate.

When weighed down with a deep sense of loss or when in dire circumstances, it has ever been the custom of Christian people to turn to God for comfort and succor, and truly has it been proved that "man's extremity is God's opportunity." The life of Christ Jesus was one long line of proofs that, no matter how distressing seemed the manifestation of the belief in the sense of loss, God, the all-seeing, all-acting, all-loving, and eternal is ever present and omnipotent. Throughout his short but illuminant career, Jesus was ever proving the falseness of a belief of loss, through the demonstration of God's power and ever presence. One of his earliest statements records a correction of this false sense of loss. His parents, when they found him after a three-day search "sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions," were amazed and asked why he was so conducting himself. Jesus, turning to his mother, made answer, "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" thus signifying that he was not lost, though human sense believed him to be so, but was even then performing his destined mission, that of saving or presenting for all the knowledge of God and God's creation. The false sense of lack, he corrected by turning water into wine; that of sight, that of hearing, of health, and finally of life itself, were all corrected through the demonstration of the saving Principle of the Christ.

Man Is Perfect
October 16, 1920

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