Sometimes people speak as if the days of inspiration had passed, just as they refer to the age of miracles as long gone by, when neither statement is true. The miracle, or wonder to human sense, is being performed to-day, times without number, in Christian Science practice; and inspiration is that which in every case is behind the so-called miracle, enabling it to be done. Why, then, should it be thought that inspiration is no longer available? Why should men believe that, although God inspired many in the centuries long since gone, now His divine influence is no longer exercised? There is no rational basis whatsoever for believing that God has in any degree ceased to inspire those who are worthy, those who desire to carry out His purposes,—the purposes of good; for is not God unchangeable, the same yesterday, to-day, and forever?

In the great epic poem of Job, Elihu tells Job that "the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." Luke records that in his prophecy Zacharias said that "the Lord God of Israel ... spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began,"—obviously through inspiration. And the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy may also be cited to bear testimony to the fact that inspiration has not been confined to any particular period of history, but is the gift of God to all who, in purity of heart, listen for and can spiritually hear His word. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God," are the apostle's words.

Among the Churches
September 22, 1923

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