God and Man Are Not Casualties

The day's news had been very bad: an airliner had crashed, a riot was taking place in a large city, there had been many casualties in a battle. I was feeling depressed by the thought of all the maiming and killing of people. However, it was not long before I found comfort from the Bible verses: "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Ps. 139:7,8; "Yes, God is everywhere," I reflected. "He was present where to human sense the airplane was crashing and where the riot and the battle were going on."

Then came some startling questions. Was God injured in the crash? Of course, I knew He hadn't been. Was God wounded by the flying rocks and glass in the rioting city? Certainly not ! Did the bullets pierce Him, making Him a battlefield casualty? Absolutely not. God is never a casualty! God is everywhere, but He is not harmed by all the destruction of worldly upheaval. Why not? Because, as Christ Jesus said, "God is a Spirit." John 4:24; Mrs. Eddy explains, "Spirit and matter no more commingle than light and darkness."  Science and Health, p. 281 ;

If God is not a casualty, can man ever really be harmed? Since, as the Bible states, man is God's image and likeness and God is Spirit, man must be spiritual. Because man is spiritual, he has the same security as that which he images—God. Therefore it follows that if God is not a casualty man cannot be one either.

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Evil's Claims Exposed and Nullified
December 7, 1968

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