A Christian Science perspective on daily life.
"The question, 'What is Truth,' convulses the world," wrote Mary Baker Eddy in her premier work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Those familiar with the Bible will recognize that question as what Pontius Pilate asked Jesus (see John 18:38). Although the Bible doesn't record Jesus as having answered, the full answer can be found in his life and teaching. It convulsed the world then, and it is convulsing the world now.
And how will humanity respond to that question today? Mrs. Eddy went on to say, "Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance which comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and try to 'give it pause' " (p. 223).
At a basic level, people in the United States are trying to understand the truth behind fluctuating oil prices. And they wonder about the rising cost of food. Can we trust what the experts tell us? On the international scene, questions about overpopulation and tensions between Israel and Iran loom. Who has the facts right?
But even in the midst of such questions, there is evidence of Truth's answers. North Korea's recent steps toward cooperating with the world community regarding its nuclear activities are one example. Humanitarian aid to the suffering in China and Burma (Myanmar) are another. In the American Midwest, sandbaggers – and other helpers – saved at least some downtowns and local treasures from floods. Each of these declares that love and persistence reveal a central truth: "God is on the field, although/ He seems invisible" (Frederick W. Faber, "Christian Science Hymnal," No. 86).