Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Triumph of Spiritual Might

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Triumph of Spiritual Might

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We live in a world where things can be too small to see, too many to count, and too far to measure. We fret about trillions of dollars in budget debt. We're dazzled by Hubble photos from outer space of a universe blinking with billions of stars and planets light-years away.

We cannot fully understand such vastness. Yet we know that God who made all and fills all space is magnified by it. We are comforted by the Bible's assurance that God knows every hair of our head, notes the fall of every sparrow, and pours out blessings more in number than the sand (see Matthew 10:29, 30).

Like the Psalmist praying in wonder at God's heavenly reign, we ask: "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" (Psalms 8:4).

Men and women have always stood agape before the incomprehensible. Imagine the awe early man must have felt gazing at the sky's starry splendor. To make sense of the world's vastness, our forebears invented a fanciful world teeming with good and evil spirits. Greek mythology pictured immortal gods toying with mortal man for their own amusement; a giant race of Titans who blamed Pandora, the first mortal woman, for opening a forbidden box that gave the world its troubles. Classical literature sees man as a hapless victim of fate with little power over his lot in life. Homer's great epic poem "The Illiad" sang: "The immortals knew no care, yet the lot they spin for man is full of sorrow." And in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," we're tempted to agree with the fairy Puck as he looks down and declares, "Lord, what fools these mortals be."

Some counted Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th-century theologian and writer who founded Christian Science, among the foolish. She was ridiculed as a preacher of apostasy when women of her day could not vote, let alone found a religion so opposed to conventional belief. Eddy taught that God made man Godlike, purely spiritual and eternal like Himself, not the product of apes or dust; neither of a world created in six days nor by Darwinian evolution over the millenniums. …

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