"The tumult of the people"

In the sixty-fifth Psalm David extolled God as He who "stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people." And today, God, divine Love, must be acknowledged as the power which is able to quiet the tempestuous conditions in human experience—to still the tumult which fear, worry, hatred, envy, and jealousy seem to create in the thinking of mortals. Tumult, then, is not always external or even audible. It often is so obviously mental as to be seen to exist entirely within the individual human consciousness, though frequently superinduced by conditions which appear to be outside of oneself.

Jesus said with reference to the second coming of the Christ, that its coming would be attended by "distress of nations, with perplexity," and by "men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." Doubtless the Master foresaw that there would be tremendous upheavals in human consciousness before the spiritual idea of God, which he taught, would be generally accepted as true and demonstrable.

Mary Baker Eddy says, on page 96 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces." And she continues on the same page: "Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding." The mental chemicalization which is bringing evil conditions to the surface may to a very great extent be attributed to the stir caused by the appearing of Christ, Truth, in human consciousness, and the upheaval of thought which results therefrom. This, however, need be no cause for dismay, or even for regret. On the contrary, it may be regarded as a favorable indication, and it is certain that Truth, which brings evil conditions to the surface, is equal to their removal and destruction.

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A Warning
August 6, 1938

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