The Joy and Satisfaction of To-day

The mission of Christianity is to bring joy and gladness into the lives of mortals. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." The world has nothing to lose but everything to gain by the advancement of the true idea of Christianity. If the world has opposed the Christian religion or has been indifferent as to its acceptance, it is because the life and teachings of its Founder were not understood.

A thought that frequently presents itself to the man or woman of the world is that Christianity, while it may prepare one for death and insure a happy and harmonious existence beyond the grave, it will take away the joy and satisfaction of living in the present. This thought is due to a misconception of the character and mission of Christianity, and when this false sense gives place to the true it is seen that Christianity bestows all things and deprives man of nothing that is real and eternal.

Jesus' mission was to give to the world the true idea of God—what He is; what He can do and will do for humanity. Mortals read that "God is Love," that He is unchangeable, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever," and yet how little do they realize of what there is in this Scientific statement of God's character to bring heaven down to earth. The thought of serving God through fear rather than through love is the idea of Christianity entertained by many. They think of God as an all-powerful personality who inflicts terrible, and perhaps endless, punishment upon those who do wrong. They can hardly conceive of a person choosing to serve God because they love Him and because they find their greatest joy and satisfaction in so doing.

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Among the Churches
January 24, 1901

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