Christian Science is Practical Common Sense

Christian Science, as taught in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy, when properly understood, gives us an intelligent understanding of Life, and enables us to become our own minister and physician. If we have a fear of the future state of existence Christian Science will remove it by teaching us how to live in the present. If we are sick, Christian Science will heal us by teaching us that health is the real and true condition of life and that sickness is the unreal and false. It teaches us the way to live in harmony with our neighbor. Every one has a conscience, or a power to reason. If it is used, our understanding grows and controls our feelings; if we do not use it our feelings control us, and we are in bondage to a hard taskmaster.

This world is full of illusions; things seem to be and are not. Our senses tell us one thing, and our intelligence tells us the opposite is true. True education consists in being able to distinguish the real from the unreal, the true from the false. The only tangible capital stock we have in our business is the amount of intelligence we manifest in it. Thought governs our health, our work, and our business, just as much as it controls the movements of our hands. The same law which governs us governs our business. If we worry about our business, it affects our health, if we worry about our health it affects our business; hence, believing we are spiritual and our business material, is equivalent to saying that God takes care of us and the devil looks after our business. All business is mental; it is simply an exchange of thought. All a person does is the result of what he thinks; all we pay or receive from any one is the result of thought. If our thoughts in any line of business are true they are valuable, and one proof that they are true is that we are successful.

Each has his life problem to work out, and the less we depend upon others the stronger and more self-reliant and successful we become. In our dealings with our fellowman we should see ourselves as we see others, neither granting personal favors nor asking them; but we must settle every question on its merits, without fear or favor. By pursuing this course, we gain the esteem of all fair-minded thinkers.

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Man's Extremity is God's Opportunity
November 2, 1899

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