The Power of God

From the May 1924 issue of the Christian Science Journal by

It can be said without much fear of contradiction that the great majority of mankind are oblivious to the power of God. They believe tremendously in the power of matter, in what they call the forces of nature, manifested, for example, in the electric current, gravity, and so forth; and those among them who are versed in so-called physical science are firmly persuaded that what mortals call matter has stored up in it incalculable power, which some day may be liberated and harnessed in the service of men. Many believe so strongly in the reality of matter and material power that they will hardly admit the existence of any power outside of matter. When one thinks of it, does it not seem extraordinary that such should be the case? Where does God come in; where does the power of God come in, with the majority of mankind?

It has to be said at once that the reason why the power of God is obscured to mankind arises from the fact that the so-called material senses take cognizance of nothing outside of their own finite range. Indeed, these same senses, with the so-called mind which mortals believe is informed by them, constitute what goes by the name of matter. Assume their destruction, or the destruction of the so-called human mind, and what becomes of matter? It vanishes. And so, viewed even from the standpoint of the human mind itself, matter is exactly what Christian Science declares it to be,—namely, that which the physical senses supposititiously evidence. Everybody knows how matter varies according to the conditions under which these senses survey it. It is one thing to the unaided eye; another to the eye which sees it through the microscope; quite another when viewed through the latest theories of the natural scientist, which declare it to be entirely electrical in its nature, something altogether unrecognizable by superficial sense-perception. But even then, all the deductions of the natural scientist upon which his theories are reared are based upon the data collected by the aid of the so-called physical senses. The point for the student of Christian Science is that matter is a subjective state of supposititious consciousness determined by variable sense-perception.

Now, there is a substantial universe altogether independent of the seeming universe of material sense. It is the spiritual universe, the universe of God,—the real universe. This real spiritual universe, which is cognized or known through spiritual sense, has been glimpsed by men, possibly from the beginning of human existence. The first touch of tenderness in the relationship of mother and father to child, of brother to sister, of neighbor to neighbor, betokened it. The first recognition of beauty in the dawn or the sunset, in the floweret or the running stream, bespoke its presence. Joy, happiness, courage, loving-kindness, mercifulness, gentleness, all told of the presence of the universe of Spirit; all alike tell of the universe of Spirit still. The feeling after the spiritual universe, the effort to discover it and its eternal laws have occupied the lives of the spiritually-minded in all ages; and in the Bible, more than anywhere else in literature, these discoveries are set forth. They are open for all to make their own. And pulsing through that wonderful Book with a throb that will not be stilled is the message of the creative power of God. “God hath spoken once,” says the Psalmist; “twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God;” and John has written, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Christian Science is the heir of the religious ages, in the direct line of the Christianity established by Christ Jesus. All that has ever been revealed of God and is recorded in the Old and New Testaments, Christian Science accepts as the truth. But it does more, far more, than that: it clarifies these records, showing the Science underlying the truth they reveal; and more than that still, it shows to mankind as never before what the real nature of God and His creation is. And because it does this, it also makes clear how the power of God can be utilized or made immediately available to men. Mrs. Eddy writes in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 473): “The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.” Christian Science maintains that God is infinite, the one perfect Mind or Spirit; and that being so, He is everywhere present and has all power. Because Spirit is infinite, nothing really exists but Spirit. Therefore so-called matter is unreal; and there is in reality no material power,—no power in so-called matter.

The materialist may remark, What has been said may seem to be logical, but what about its practical value? What effect has the teaching of Christian Science on the lives of men? Is it helping them with the difficulties they encounter with the forces of nature,—hurricane, earthquake, pestilence, and such like? Is it enabling mankind to become better? Christian Science can truthfully return an affirmative answer to all such questions. Whenever one sees and acknowledges that God is All-in-all and that matter is unreal, he begins to have dominion over the hypothetical forces of matter, by whatever name they may be called; because, as he gains an understanding of God and keeps his thought in line with Truth, he is utilizing the power of God. As it is stated on page 102 of Science and Health: “Man, reflecting God’s power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts.”

In no direction does Christian Science utilize the power of God more at present than in the healing of disease. How does it do this? In the same way as it annuls any other erroneous phenomenon of material sense, —by enabling its students to declare and realize the allness of Spirit and spiritual power. Since God, Mind, is All-in-all, and since there is no reality in matter, it follows that disease, which is of seemingly material origin, is likewise unreal. Thus the truth, which has behind it the power of God, is used to destroy the false belief of disease. Every one can prove the healing efficacy of Truth for himself. And what healing for humanity is contained in the definition of God to be found on page 587 of Science and Health: “God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence”! And why? Because it declares the truth about God.

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