Finally, I am reposting the excerpts from the “Top Ten List.” The selection below is from “Addresses and Other Lectures by Doris Henty.
My favorite chapter from this book is, The Sum-Total of Good Is Man’s Natural State. What I like about this chapter is that it emphasizes the fact that health, joy, abundance, success, etc. are not dependent upon any material process. Below are two excerpts from this chapter.
Our fifth aspect is the processless nature of harmonious evidence. Everything that means blessedness is independent of all external conditions. Jesus proved every aspect of abundance to be already in evidence. We are all familiar with his illustration of the tribute money to pay the taxes. When a boat was needed, there it was. An upper room was furnished, all prepared for the Passover…The five thousand were fed, and there was food already cooked on the coals. All of this was evidence without process, all in practical form.
Our fourth aspect is the everpresence of divine evidence. That Jesus tolerated nothing less than the everpresence of good is illustrated by the story of the fig tree: “And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet…And in the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.” (Mark 11:13,20) The “time of figs was not yet.” This indicated the absence of good–good being present only at certain times, known as seasons. But to Jesus, good was an all-the-year-round state; so he smote the tree, thereby rebuking the belief that harmonious evidence could be intermittent. For divine fruition there is neither coming nor going. All good is omnipresent.
[Doris Henty’s book is available at http://www.mulberrypress.com ]