Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Indestructible Forces of Goodness

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Indestructible Forces of Goodness

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There is a feeling of helplessness in the face of disasters such as the ones that have brought devastation and loss of life to the Philippines, Samoa, and Indonesia. The relentless presentation of the power of an earthquake, a typhoon, and a tsunami appears overwhelming. Seeing pictures of entire villages wiped out by massive waves leaves an indelible impression of the vulnerability of human life. Many people in these devastated countries are in great need, both mentally and physically. Their lives have been changed forever. The good they had depended on, such as family, friends, home - their security - has been violently taken from them. They need to feel the love and comfort that will help them regain a sense of safety. They need to have hope in the power of good to bring restoration to their lives. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Monitor, wrote, "Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 207). As we begin to accept that good is not helpless, that it is a vital and powerful force, our prayers are strengthened. The existence of good is the evidence of God's power and presence. To understand, furthermore, that there is a spiritual law, a law of restoration that operates on the human scene as a force for goodness, will bring healing. Fear is destroyed by this law, and it protects, restores, and comforts those in need. It is this law that wipes out evil's claim to power by revealing the indestructible presence of good. The Scriptures provide examples of the spiritual law overcoming evil. The Old Testament tells of the prophet Elijah's struggles against the threat upon his life by Queen Jezebel. Elijah had proved many times that good was a sustaining force in his life. But at this moment, evil was overwhelming him, and he crept into a cave to die. God called Elijah to come out of the cave and stand upon a mountain. …

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