Over the door of the library at Thebes there appears the inscription, "Medicine for the soul." Just what may have been in the thought of the author of this inscription is not known, but it is clearly evident that the medicine referred to was mental and not material. Its author may not have risen to the scientific meaning of the word soul as presented by Christian Science, but there is every reason for concluding that within the walls of the famous library there was much that was calculated to appeal to man's higher nature. Centuries have passed, however, and still the great problem of life remains unsolved in the minds of many of the students and philosophers who have visited this ancient library.

Not many years ago several noted philosophers came to this country upon a tour of investigation to ascertain if possible what life is. After considerable time and thought upon the subject, they returned home with the main problem unsolved, but firmly convinced that there is no matter. Had these learned men come in contact with Science and Health, the Christian Science text-book, and had they prayerfully sought to understand its teaching by making practical application of its rules, they would have found out the meaning of Life. Any work which does not correctly and scientifically define Life cannot consistently be termed "medicine for the soul." The higher cravings of humanity will never be satisfied with any theory or teaching that claims to find life outside of God. To reach the heart of humanity it is necessary to lead thought heavenward, to the one supreme fountainhead, to the God who is Life, who is All in all.

Every mortal will sometime echo the words of the psalmist, "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." This awakening is the discovery of what Life is and what it includes. It is the putting off of the old man and the putting on of the new; it is losing a false or material sense of life and gaining a true or spiritual sense; it means the subjugation of sense testimony, and obedience to divine law; it means the coming of Christ, Truth, to individual consciousness; it means getting out with the sinner and in with the saint; in a word, it is the overcoming of all evil with good. Life is God, good, and is not subject to change, but a false or mistaken concept of life, based upon sense knowledge, can and must be overcome.

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September 7, 1907

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