Humanity Needs Spiritual Truth

From Genesis to Revelation the Bible contains spiritual truths. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, and other great characters in the Old Testament attained to a demonstrable understanding of God. Both the Old and the New Testament show that the ancient prophets and apostles earnestly strove to turn the thought of their hearers away from idolatry to a knowledge of the one true God. By "signs and wonders" they gave proof of the divine power with which they were invested through their understanding of God and obedience to His laws. Although their righteous efforts were greatly hindered by the gross materialism of their times, yet they labored not in vain, and the world is immeasurably enriched by what has been recorded of their teachings.

The question, however, confronts the thinker, "What of the world today; does not materialism appear to be still dominant in human thought?" It is true that there are many millions of professed Christians in the world, but unfortunately the great majority of them still give evidence of their belief in the reality of matter, and appear convinced of its desirability. For this reason there is insufficient spiritual understanding manifested by the Christian nations. There can be no escape from the fact that Christ Jesus, the Founder of Christianity, clearly indicated that his followers should renounce their beliefs in matter as real, and endeavor to follow him in demonstration of the reality and power of Spirit.

Much of the spiritual truth contained in the Bible is not understood. This is principally because of false education—education in the belief that matter and evil are real and have power. Through the centuries this unprofitable teaching has been leaving its mark in distressful and destructive events. Sickness and disease, discontent, unemployment, famine, pestilence, war—these all have their origin in and follow in the train of the false suppositions concerning the reality and power of matter and evil.

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June 1, 1940

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