The Availability of Good

Every mortal at some time in his experience comes to a point where every human resource fails him, to a point where every human expedient, system, or method is found wanting. Try as he may, his questions remain unanswered, his problems unsolved, and his bondage unbroken. It is then that he utters the oft-repeated human cry, "What must I do to be saved?" And though the way may seem very dark, he is really in a most hopeful state. When a mortal comes to this point and reaches out and up to some recognition of the divine, he has taken the first step toward his deliverance. He has turned his face toward the goal which, through honest endeavor, he will ultimately reach. The very fact that in the great crises of human existence men admit their human helplessness and turn to a higher power than themselves, proves conclusively that the divine alone can bring about ultimate salvation from our many undesirable ills.

To avail themselves of divine power men have tried many and varied expedients. In the earlier history of the human race, when the concept of Deity as an evil being very largely dominated the thoughts of mankind, mortals tried to gain help by appeasing the supposed evil intentions of their god and persuading him to exercise his power for their good and not for their undoing. Later, the human race, while gaining a higher concept of God, thought that His power could be made available to them only through the intercession of some person, or group of persons, more favored than ordinary mortals. Thus grew up the belief in priestcraft, with its ritual and forms, which denied the accessibility of God to all alike.

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