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God's Universal Reign
ELLA W. HOAG, CSD


         All the world must learn to know that God alone governs. Through such knowledge only will the world be saved from its turmoils and torments, its doubts and fears, its sins and sicknesses. Even Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel's day, glimpsed this truth of God's universal government sufficiently to declare, "He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"

         Christians would no doubt agree that if God's will were understood as operative in all of heaven and earth universal harmony would inevitably result; but in spite of the affirmation of that king of olden time, people today seem slow to believe that God is indeed the only Governor, — that His reign is the universal fact at all times and everywhere. And still, how strange such incredulity seems when Christendom generally unites in declaring that God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient! The difficulty is that, although Christians have accepted the fact of God's allness theoretically, they have at the same time almost universally believed in an opposite to God, — which opposite often appears to them to be more the governor than God Himself. Were one, however, to let go of God as the infinite All-power, that instant one would lose the sense of security in the presence and power of good, since he would expect that the opposite, evil, might at any time be present and active. This has been the pitiable mental condition of mankind for ages.

         Christian Science came to a world thus torn between the desire to know and acknowledge God's reign as supreme, infinite, and perfect and the apparent necessity of admitting what appeared to be an almost universal government by evil. Through the teachings of Christian Science men come to understand that God's reign today is indeed a universal one; that He is always present to control every individual as well as all conditions, times, and circumstances, and therefore that all may trust not only themselves and their affairs but all men and events, to God's perfect, wise control.

         Now Christian Science accepts the Christian teaching already referred to that God is omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience; and then it holds to it, refusing to turn aside or admit another opposing and active power. Whatever the human seeming may claim to be, it is possible to those accepting and demonstrating the teaching of Christian Science to prove in ever increasing measure that in proportion to one's understanding of and reliance on God as All-power, His universal reign may be demonstrated here and now.

         To illustrate: suppose in home, church, business, or national affairs one sees, to his sense, things going awry. If he is a Christian Scientist, what does he do? He turns instantly to the one infinite God, as the alone Governor, and laying down personal desire and purpose, as well as his belief in the personal desires and purposes of others, he clings steadfastly to the fact of God's omnipresent government, refusing to admit an opposite presence or power. That this demands the renunciation of all self-will does not in any way daunt the earnest, honest student of Christian Science, since his basis of thinking is the all-satisfying truth that God is all-good; consequently, His will is alone to be desired and must always bring blessings infinite. When through such prayer as this one has silenced his fears and doubts in regard to any situation, he rests in the assurance that God's perfect law is operating, and therefore he can trust all results to Him "who doeth all things well." As our beloved Leader has said in her Message to The Mother Church for 1900 (p. 10): "Our hope anchors in God who reigns; and justice and judgment are the habitation of His throne forever."

 

"God's Universal Reign" by Ella W. Hoag, CSD
Christian Science Sentinel, May 31, 1924
 

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