Dissolving Doubts

According to material sense testimony mankind's enjoyment of good—health, harmony, and happiness—seems insecure; whereas evil experiences, such as sickness and sin, discord and disappointment, appear so prevalent that men are prone to be uncertain, doubtful, and fearful in regard to their status and welfare. Therefore, a promise voiced by Isaiah in connection with his prophecy about the Christ should make special appeal to all: "The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." The promise is plain that righteousness—right thinking and living—brings blessings bountiful, even God-inspired peace and confidence.

Some time after Isaiah had prophesied the Christ-appearing, and had pictured the good which would attend and attest the Messiah's advent and activity, Daniel glimpsed the Christ, Truth, and furnished verification of the fact that the prophecy and promises had been divinely inspired. Among Daniel's trials and triumphs was an experience with King Belshazzar, who had become greatly disturbed because of handwriting which had appeared on the wall of his banquet hall, and which the wise men, astrologers, and soothsayers could not interpret. Then the queen urged Belshazzar to send for Daniel, who, because of his fidelity to God and His laws, had earned the respect and commendation of the king's father, Nebuchadnezzar. So when Daniel came, he was greeted thus by the king: "I have even heard of thee, ... that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.... And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts." Then Daniel, through faith in God and divinely directed wisdom, dissipated the king's doubts and interpreted his dream.

The world today is in sore need of an interpreter, a dissolver of doubts, a spiritual guide to that which is stable, safe, and satisfying. There is much handwriting on the walls of human consciousness, and there are many signs of the times which call for God-inspired interpretation. God's means for meeting these and all human needs is at hand and available to all mankind, for the Christ, the divine idea of God which enlightened and directed Daniel, is revealed fully in the teachings of Christian Science. The Science of Christianity is based on the precepts and practice, the life and love, of Christ Jesus, who was so free from doubts because of his acquaintance with God that the conclusively annulled the claims of evil. His understanding of the omnipotence of good enabled the Master to rebuke sin and release men from its seeming bondage. His unwavering understanding of divine Love and Life healed sickness, brought comfort to the sorrowing, and denied and disproved death.

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October 14, 1933

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