An address on "God and the Earthquake, A Modern...


An address on "God and the Earthquake, A Modern Theodicy," would have people think that according to the teachings of Christian Science there was no earthquake. The most practical argument that could perhaps be used in refutation of this is to state that Christian Scientists, through The Christian Science Board of Directors of The Mother Church, in Boston, Massachusetts, made prompt arrangements to ship one hundred tons of relief supplies direct from Seattle, Washington, to Japan, aboard the United States Shipping Board steamer, President Jefferson, immediately after learning of the dire calamity that befell the Japanese nation. A relief fund was at once established, and contributions from The Mother Church and its branches will be made to this fund by Christian Scientists throughout the world so long as there is need of financial aid. The practice of Christian Science includes rendering practical aid to those in distress, as well as healing the sick and reforming the sinner. Christian Scientists do not shut their eyes, but go to the Bible for higher and more spiritual views of God and His universe.

The experience of Elijah, related in I Kings 19:11, 12, may be recalled at times like the present. Elijah, in obedience to the word of the Lord, went forth and stood "upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."

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