Signs of the Times

["Reconstruction"—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, U.S.A., April 19, 1921]

Since the great war, the world has been going through a process of reconstruction and readjustment, and from even a cursory glance at world affairs, upheaval and disorder of many kinds seem to be present. This process is apparent in the unsettled business conditions and radical changes taking place in the government of the nations. There has been a thorough stirring up of evil, and its ways and hidden methods are constantly being uncovered and brought to light. Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in speaking of healing in her article, "The Way," in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 355), and after stating that mortal mind would have to pass through three stages of growth, says: "First, self-knowledge. The physician must know himself and understand the mental state of his patient. Error found out is two-thirds destroyed, and the last third pierces itself, for the remainder only stimulates and gives scope to higher demonstration." So instead of becoming alarmed or depressed or fearing the tremendous upheaval that is seemingly taking place in the process of the readjustment of things, it should be a time of great rejoicing in knowing that error is uncovering itself and nearing its own destruction. All that is actually taking place is the unfoldment of God's infinite being, which is good and perfect. It gives every one an opportunity to prove that evil has no activity, no intelligence, and no power.

In the first chapter of Genesis it is stated: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." In God's kingdom, then, no so-called reconstruction is necessary, since the entire universe, including man, is already created good. Nothing can be added to nor taken away from good, or Truth. This verity is for all to assimilate. In replacing every false sense of affairs with the truth about what God truly made and what He knows about His idea, the spiritual creation appears. Principle is all-knowing, and man cannot reflect more than Principle knows. God recognizes no evil, so man made in His image and likeness, good and perfect, can reflect no error. If God, good, were conscious for an instant of any evil whatever, He would not be infinite.

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May 28, 1921

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