Perhaps no word in the English language is more constantly brought in use than the little word which heads this article. It is not surprising that among those who believe in a world which supposedly contains a mixture of good and evil elements, a world, moreover, in which the evil elements often seem to have the preponderance of power, this little word should be brought into frequent requisition.

It would seem, however, that in the thought of those who have unreservedly accepted our dear Leader's "scientific statement of being" (Science and Health, page 468), that this questioning element should be forever stilled. The questions, Why do I have to wait so long for help, when others are helped so quickly? Why do I not have more power to overcome my besetting sins, when I try so hard? Why can I not understand the truth more effectually?—these, and many kindred questions, should never be allowed to enter the thought of a Christian Scientist. If we look well into the condition of thought which makes this entrance possible, we may be shocked to find indications of such qualities as envy, ingratitude, self-righteousness, doubt, distrust, and so on.

The Healing of Alderman Umbarger
July 1, 1905

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