GOD’S PROVIDENCE AS GOVERNMENT (cont.) We must still consider briefly two more elements in connection with God’s government as an element of divine providence.
THE CANON OF SACRED SCRIPTURE We concluded our last article on the canon of the sacred Scriptures with a quotation from Josephus, a noted Jewish historian. He writes that there are only twenty-two books (the Old Testament) which have been justly believed to be divine, and that the Jews have been led instinctively from the moment of their birth to regard them as decrees of God, and to abide by them, and, if need be, gladly to die for them.
It was Plutarch who said, “It must be borne in mind that my design is not to write histories, but lives;” and since the foundress of Christian Science was Mary Baker Glover Patterson Eddy, who had close associations with another man, a Mr. Frye, there is the better part of nine lives. Mrs. Eddy thought of herself as a Minerva, goddess of invention and patroness of physicians and actors, and has been portrayed as a Xantippe, Socrates’ hen-pecking wife, a tongue-scalding shrew. She also sets herself forth as, at the age of twelve, (official church.
Then she (Naomi) arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab . . . . And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest: I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Ruth 1:6, 16
We are in the church-militant. It may not at times look that way. There is so much laying down of arms that one wonders whether the church has forgotten that she is the church-militant here below.
Later Naomi went to Moab and witnessed there of her God to her two daughters-in-law, with the result that God caused Ruth to forsake all her former life and accompany her mother-in-law to Judah, while Orpah turned back to her idols and her people. Both Ruth and Orpah had been instructed by the same witness of Jehovah; both considered returning with Naomi to her land and people, weighing the consequences of the step they would be taking. Orpah weakens and drops back to her idolatry and heathen practices.
“Do you promise and intend to see these children (this child), when come to years of discretion (whereof you are either parent or witness), instructed and brought up in the aforesaid doctrine, or help or cause them to be instructed therein, to the utmost of your power?”
Ad as to the substance of the bread and wine being changed permanently into the substance of the body and blood of Christ, Canon IV teaches as follows: “If any one saith, that, after the consecration is completed, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are not in the admirable sacrament of the Eucharist, but are there only during the sue, whilst it is being taken, and not either before or after; and that, in the hosts, or consecrated particles, which are reserved or which remain after communion, the true body of the Lord remaineth not: let him...