Constant Christian Militancy

God's creation must, of necessity, express only perfection. Mortal mind claims that this statement is not true. Imperfections are pictured by it on every side. The pages of daily newspapers and popular works of history or fiction all set forth the belief that man is more or less corrupt, vicious, dishonest, unhealthy, unhappy—decidedly imperfect. Millions of human beings have accepted this distorted picture as being true.

Christian Science constitutes the one open and militant challenge to the assumption that imperfection can have any real existence. Jesus proved man's oneness with God. His teaching and proofs were accepted by but a small percentage of his hearers. From the days of the Master and his disciples until the year 1866 the absolute perfection of God's man and God's universe was not clearly understood. In that year, however, Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Science; and, later on, in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she announced to the world in the most unequivocal terms the facts of real being, declaring (p. 468), "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation," and (p. 471), "God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence."

Pondering these statements, one comes to the realization of the magnitude of our Leader's challenge to the universal claim that evil is everywhere present and powerful. The Holy Scriptures declare in a number of ways and in many implications that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, declarations which can only mean that He possesses all power; that all Science or exact, provable knowledge emanates from God, the one Mind; and that He is never absent. The material senses' contention, as presented to us on almost every side, is that God made or permitted evil—sin, sickness, and death. But as the Psalmist says, "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God."

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