Signs of the Times

["Evidence"—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, U.S.A., March 9, 1921]

Paul begins his remarkable treatise on faith in the letter to the Hebrews with the brief definition: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Paul does not give a number of instances of persons who believed in God more or less firmly in the usual meaning of the word faith, but gives examples to illustrate his definition of it as that which furnishes proof of things not seen. Noah's faith in God as protection was made manifest in the construction and preservation of the ark. Moses' faith in divine metaphysics proved in the parting of the waters of the Red Sea the fallibility of physics. Abraham's faith in God as the only creator was evidenced in the birth of Isaac in defiance of human, so-called laws. The confidence that strength and power inhere in Spirit furnished proof in the sudden collapse of the walls of Jericho.

April 30, 1921

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