What Christian Science Means

Christian Science does not mean that we shall lead lives of indolence and ease. It means that we are called to work in the Master's vineyard. "Work out your own salvation" was the apostle's injunction, and this means much to the man who has learned how to work, how to apply the Truth of being to the many and varied experiences of daily life. The joy of working, the satisfaction of work well done, is a sufficient reward, and he who has caught but the faintest glimpse of his real identity as a child of God, is content to labor and to wait.

Christian Science does not mean that we shall have no battles to fight, no temptations to meet, no burdens to carry. But it does mean that by reason of our higher and more spiritual thought of God and man, we shall be able to wage a more successful warfare, and that, in every experience, we shall come off more than conquerors if we are faithful to the divine Principle of our being and consistent in the application of the rules of Christian Science. We shall not only master the error that confronts us, but we shall also gain a higher and broader thought of life and its joys as well as a clearer sense of its responsibilities.

Christian Science means that we shall be able to speak to error with authority because we understand its nature and origin. We shall be able to say, Get thee behind me, Satan; thus overcoming temptation instead of yielding to it. We shall demonstrate that sin has no power over the man whom God created in His own image and likeness, and to whom was given dominion over all the earth. Christian Science means that we shall know that God's grace is sufficient for us at all times and under all circumstances. We shall not be tempted, or tried, above that we are able, but in the darkest hour the sunlight of God's love will burst upon us, revealing the way of escape. Strong in the strength which God supplies, we shall be able to bear our burdens, heavy though they may seem at times, until we are able to lay them down through the understanding of Truth and Love.

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Among the Churches
May 23, 1901

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