Knowing God

Knowing calls for a positive, clear understanding, a confident assurance of fact. Throughout the Scriptures there are recorded many instances of peace, power, health, and life resulting from knowing God. The Psalmist, after rehearsing the goodness and omnipotence of God, represents God's summons to humanity in the words, "Be still, and know that I am God: ... I will be exalted in the earth." In thinking of God's love and protecting care, he had gained a new and deeper understanding of the importance of knowing God, and of the conscious desire that all might know Him aright. When fears and failures, doubt and discouragement, are shut out of thought, and one is calmly and clearly realizing God's allness, then it is possible to prove that God is, in very truth, the living presence of good.

In the life and works of Christ Jesus are many striking proofs of his positive conviction of God's goodness and perfect control over every material condition and circumstance. He knew that the law of right activity is God's law and could never be annulled. He knew that life never results in death, and that harmony and health are spiritual and real. And because he knew the facts of being beyond the shadow of a doubt, he faced the tempest on the sea and calmed and silenced it with a word; he raised Lazarus from the dead; he fed the multitude and healed the sick. Jesus is our Way-shower, and, following his example closely, we too are privileged to give proof of what we know of God. Although pressed on every side by the false arguments of personal sense, the earnest student of Christian Science can, through his knowledge of God and of man's relation to Him, turn away from the evidence of the senses and by firm, positive declarations of Truth demonstrate the supremacy of Spirit.

In "Retrospection and Introspection" Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 60), "Science saith to all manner of disease, 'Know that God is all-power and all-presence, and there is nothing beside Him;' and the sick are healed." She did not say merely, Try to know God's power and presence; but, Know it, if you would heal the sick.

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Christian Science and the College Student
September 19, 1942

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