Not Confusion, but Peace

It is well worth a trip to the dictionary to find the various implications of the word "confusion." An unlovely lot they are; and when one pursues farther the list of synonyms associated with this term, he comes to the conclusion that there is not one good thing to be said about confusion or any of its relatives. When the dictionary gives as antonyms "method" and "order," one sees that confusion connotes lawlessness—the opposite of order, harmony, and peace. What comfort, therefore, may the human family find in Paul's assurance (I Cor. 14:33) that "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."

Without doubt Christian people for centuries have read these words in their Bibles and have gone right on making bosom companions of what the Apostle James calls "confusion and every evil work" (James 3:16). And wherefore? Is it not because mankind has been woefully ignorant as to the nature of God, and has not understood man's spiritual status and dominion over evil?

On a modern Mars' hill Mary Baker Eddy, the inspired nineteenth-century disciple of the man of Nazareth, has proclaimed the truth about God and man to a generation as materially-minded and sunk in the mesmerism of the mortal senses as that which confronted Saul of Tarsus on that memorable day in Athens. Hear this great pronouncement in Mrs. Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 330): "God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be,—Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God."

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February 15, 1947

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