This is especially manifest in his endeavors to free himself from the bondage of sickness and suffering. Believing that life inheres in the body, and that health is a condition of matter, he has sought to know the laws of matter which, if obeyed, would bring health and a long life. In his investigations he has never hoped to find the fountain of perpetual youth. Of nothing else has he been more firmly convinced than that health would finally become impaired and that life would result in death; but he has hoped that through obedience to what he believed to be the material law of life and health, he would be able to increase the number of his days and enjoy a reasonable degree of health.

But his researches in this direction have not accomplished the desired result. Sickness has increased and the list of so-called incurable diseases has multiplied at an alarming rate. The very thing that it was hoped would deliver from sickness, has greatly increased the fear of it by showing how easily it can be induced. In many instances this has caused mortal man to give up in despair as he contemplates the Herculean task of observing the material laws of health. However firmly he may be convinced that obedience to these laws would save from sickness and suffering, yet he is as deeply impressed with the thought that such obedience is impossible. Thus the invalid oftentimes concludes that he is the victim of circumstances and might as well give up in despair. All this is due to mortal man's limited sense of existence. He must learn to look away from a finite material body for life and health.

Mortal existence is but a finite or limited sense of Being which is infinite. It is impossible for mortal man to comprehend the Infinite. Infinite Life—Life without beginning or ending—infinite Intelligence, Power, and Presence are the very antipodes of mortal man's concept of Being. Thus while he has endeavored to escape the limitations of mortal sense he has looked no higher than matter for help. With an ideal that is limited one cannot hope to make any great progress, for it is certain that one can rise no higher than his ideal. On the other hand, if one has an ideal which is illimitable, and he is inspired with the thought that sometime he will be able to make that ideal his own, who can say what he will be able to accomplish in overcoming the limitations of the present and gaining a higher and broader thought of life and its environments?

Among the Churches
January 17, 1901

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