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Prayer and free speech

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Mankind is striving to hear truth spoken and to speak it freely. In various parts of the world we hear, to a greater or lesser degree, the honest expression of freedom and individuality. At the same time, attempts are being made to hush voices deserving to be heard, to suppress progressive thought.

But nothing can vie with Truth itself, which is God. Wherever we are on the globe, we can help promote mankind's God-given right of free expression by reflecting the power of Truth through prayer, by realizing with conviction the absolute supremacy of God, and man's freedom under His government.

One time, at the synagogue in his own community, Christ Jesus referred openly to his Christ-mission to free and heal mankind. Blinded by their limited, material view of Jesus as Joseph's son and infuriated by his rebuke to their national pride, the congregation rushed him out of the town and intended to throw him off the brow of the hill on which the town was built. This was a carnally-minded reaction to get rid of a voice they could not understand; a voice that challenged their traditions as well as pricked their consciences. But Jesus walked through the midst of them, escaping unharmed.n1

n1 See Luke 4:16-30.

"Ye shall know thetruth, and the truth shall make you free,'' 2 Jesus taught. Knowing the absoluteness of divine Truth enabled the Master to demonstrate truth in human terms. The truth that God's government is just protected him from the mob's hatred; the eternal truth of God as Life empowered him to triumph over the crucifixion; the truth that God is eternal Love enabled him to heal the sick and sinning through the power of the Christ.

n2 John 8:32.


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