Signs of the Times

Topic: First Things First

[Chalmers C. White, in the Herald Star, Steubenville, Ohio]

The sublimest statement in the Bible is that in Genesis, ... "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." It puts first things first and crowds out many things that are striving for mastery.... In a single stroke it slays errors as to God, the world, man and his worth, life and destiny. Materialism is pierced with this sword and pantheism dies at its stroke.... It puts a rock of omnipotence at the center and origin of creation, on which it stands secure against all storms and vicissitudes. It stabilizes the universe and imparts to it permanent order, rationality, truth, and goodness. It throws over us a shelter and bids us to face fears and possibilities without trepidation.

[From the Halifax Herald, Nova Scotia, Canada]

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April 25, 1936

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