In man’s investigation of the Silence of Life, he is simply going on with a subject
matter which has occupied his attention throughout all ages. He has been unceasing
in his efforts to understand this Source of all life.
What and where this power is, is the all-absorbing question. However, Jesus andPaul answered these questions in simple statements which no one canmisunderstand. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation;
neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there, for behold the kingdom of God is withinyou.” This shows plainly that the kingdom of God is a cause, not a place. Paul tells usGod is not far from any one of us, for: “In Him we live and move and have our being.”From this we learn that God is Substance. That there is an invisible CreativeSubstance is not doubted, not even by those who profess not to believe in God.This “Substance” has been given various names: “Life Essence, Great Spirit, CreativePower, Deity, Brahma, Buddha, or God. As all of these names refer to the same
Substance or Life, the term used is non-essential. However, as the name God is
universally known and recognized, we prefer to use it in these lessons in referring tothe Great Creative Substance from which all life emanates.
The ancients conceived of God as a person endowed with passions like unto
themselves. Many have been taught that God is a person ruling the universe as mighta mortal king---loving, hating, rewarding, punishing,---a God more to be feared thanloved. The world today is rapidly awakening to the realization that both the theoryevolved by the ancients concerning the nature of the Creator, and that advanced bymodern theology, are widely different from the new understanding of the truth. The
ancients taught worship of the inanimate creations of man; the theologians taughtworship of a God whom none could understand,---a personal, far-off being whose
abiding place is heaven, where none can enter until after the spirit’s departure from
this earth plane; while those who teach like Jesus and Paul say God is not a person,
not afar off, but that the words ‘God’ and ‘Good’ are synonymous. Then God is Good,God is the Law (Lord) that governs the universe. “God is Spirit,” which “giveth life.” All
things come into being through God.
Truth teaches that God is the principle of Being; the Spirit or Substance we call life.The God of tradition is fast becoming a thing of the past, and God as He is is beingaccepted by many who hitherto had claimed to have no belief in God. The truth is that
all mankind believes in life, all men have some faith in goodness, and the degree of
this belief indicates man’s belief in God. Therefore, all believe in God (Good). So,however varied man’s idea of God has been or is, all culminate in the universal beliefof the Supreme Being. All are searching for freedom from the limitations of
sectarianism which are stumbling blocks to the quickening of man’s spiritual
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