Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Good Information

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Good Information

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HELPFUL information, accurate information, necessary information--how do we get it? Of course, there's no shortage of information in this day and age. It's seeping through the cracks and flowing over the top everywhere we look: advertising, polls, surveys, opinions, reports, inquiries. We don't have to search for it--it'll find us, thank you!

The problem is that with so much information, it can be difficult finding the right information. But this isn't new. In the Bible, for example, the Syrians planned to attack the Israelites. But God warned Elisha, and he in turn warned the king of Israel. II Kings tells us that as a result the king "saved himself there, not once nor twice."

The king might not really have wanted to hear Elisha's news. But he did listen, and he saved his men from harm and the Syrians from working evil. The king knew the authority behind Elisha's information and accepted its reliability because he trusted its source. That source, of course, was God. In this and in many other instances, the Bible illustrates that God--far from holding man at arms' length--lovingly gives us the guidance and direction we need.

It's natural to think of God in terms of caring, provision, and protection. Christian Science affirms the Bible's declaration in First John that "God is love" when it uses Love or divine Love to refer to God. Because God is Love, all that He does is characterized by love. Providing reliable knowledge is a function of God's love for His creation, just as much as it would be for a parent explaining something vital to a child. It can't be separated from God's nature and His place as man's creator. It's simply an activity of God's being.

God is all-knowing. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, describes God in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. …

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