[The above is an abbreviated, post production text of the program released for broadcast the week of September 17-23 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 950 stations, the weekly programs cue prepared and produced by the Christian Science committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 181 - Does God Play Favorites?

QUESTIONER: Many people are willing to acknowledge that others have been restored to health or have found needed guidance through prayer. But sometimes people wonder it God plays favorites. They want to know if God's help is really available to everyday people like themselves.

SPEAKER: Anyone can experience the healing power of prayer. God's help is really available to everyone. I don't believe that God could play favorites. He doesn't love one more than another. What He gives to one, He gives to all. Man is His beloved child, and that includes all men—no one is left out.

There are many references in the Bible to the impartial nature of God. Peter expressed it this way in the book of Acts (10: 34): "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." Then God's love, God's goodness, is available to everyone. Perhaps that's what the Psalmist was concerned about. In one of the Psalms there is a refrain that runs all the way through it. It goes like this (107:8): "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" He recognized that the good that anyone had came to him from God, and as we acknowledge God as the source of good, then we open the door for more of that good to come into our experience.

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