The Optimism of Christian Science

Boston Times

There is much comment upon the optimism, courage, and happiness of Christian Scientists, and for that reason it may be worth our while to consider the cause of these manifestations.

Fear is based upon a consciousness of imminent danger or prospective trouble. Said Paul, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." If our hope is placed on material things it is sure to be limited, for we are all well aware of their instability and mutability. Indeed, happiness does not depend upon the things of this world, and a little consideration will reveal the fact that there is quite as much sorrow among the wealthy and well-to-do classes as there is among those in more limited circumstances. Some of those who are rich in this world's goods are quite as unhappy in their anxiety concerning their investments as are the poorer classes on account of their destitution.

While it is thought by some that faith is quite out of the fashion now-a-days, and the more philosophical may scout the idea that confidence in the divine power has aught to do with the arrangement of our present affairs as well as our future destiny, Christian Scientists are demonstrating that one can be contented day by day,—be relieved in a large measure of the strain and anxiety which characterize the lives of most men.

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