Faith in Good

Why should it seem difficult to believe in good, to have faith in God? Good is natural, and evil is unnatural; harmony is in accordance with law, but discord of any kind is without law to originate or to support it. God is good, and God is everywhere. This fact leaves no provision for anything that could interfere with our natural faith in good.

In the common experiences of daily life we exercise faith that our temporal needs will be met. When the sun disappears, we firmly believe that it will again become visible and send out its warming rays. When we drop a seed into the ground, we expect the forthcoming plant, even though we cannot explain the process of growth. Why, then, should it seem unnatural to expect the human body and human environment to be governed harmoniously by a power invisible and unknown to mortal sense?

Lack of faith in good is due largely to the belief that man is both spiritual and material, that he is born into a physical world, handicapped by an inclination and capacity to do wrong, and that the world in which he lives is fraught with dangers and temptations from which he needs to be saved. To begin with such a premise and try to arrive at a reason for trusting God is indeed difficult. But by beginning with God, the one perfect cause, the divine Principle of all real being, we arrive by deductive reasoning at the logical conclusion that His creation must be the expression of Himself and, therefore, entirely spiritual, immortal, sinless, complete, perfect.

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May 16, 1942

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