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"But if not..."

From the October 1981 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego! How many there are who treasure the well-known Bible story of the three Hebrews whose love for God and faith in His power led them to publicly refuse to worship an image of gold set up by King Nebuchadnezzar—even after they were threatened with death in a fiery furnace.

Their adventure has always been a great source of inspiration to me. The main theme is richly seasoned with spiritual insights and glimpses of the Christ, God's eternal idea of all real being.

One day, as I was again reading the account of the three Hebrews, something arrested my attention. It was their reply to the king's remark, "Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?" They said: "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."Dan. 3:15, 17. 18.

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