From Belief to Understanding

I Once thought that simply to believe in God and to try to live a moral life, was all that could be expected of me in this world. Need I say that Christian Science has shown me where I signally failed to do even this?

My former religious teaching was that of an orthodox church, of which my father was a member. It is needless to say that such worship on my part did not reach higher than blind faith, for how could I be expected to think intelligently about Spirit, of whom I had no knowledge. I was more or less proud of my belief in a God of Spirit, but I can now see that I never really knew the meaning of the words. I certainly had no mental grasp of the presence and power of Spirit to overcome the claims of sickness and sin that constantly assailed me. I can now see where my belief in God was no better than that of other professing Christians. And right here I want to say that Christian Science has made me more charitable. No longer am I inclined to boast, "You haven't the truth, but I have," for the Master has said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." Life to me now means obedience to divine Principle, mental activity, consecration, demonstration, overcoming.

Making our Demonstration
July 16, 1904

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