THE FULFILMENT OF JOY

Early in the Christian centuries what has sometimes been referred to as "the worship of sorrow" began to be given prominence, and the trend was toward teachings concerning death, —the cross and the sufferings of Jesus, — notwithstanding the words of Christ Jesus himself concerning life and joy, his wonderful promises regarding death, and his own overcoming of the grave. This tendency might be attributed to the persecutions which attended the early Christians, but the fact remains that the wonderful way of Life and Truth which Jesus saw and taught, is even to-day generally relegated to another world, for which the present one is considered but as a grievous and oftentimes bitter school of experience. But there was indeed no doubt nor fear, no trace of sorrow or death in the message Jesus gave to the crowds who heard him eagerly in Capernaum and Jerusalem, and he well knew and proved that all sin and sickness could be destroyed and replaced by the health and peace that come with the true understanding of the allness and love of the everpresent Father.

Christianity as Jesus taught, and as Christian Science teaches to-day, was a doctrine of overcoming—of joy because of overcoming, and of knowledge that enables one to overcome. It was the perpetual living with and by divine Love which left no place or power to sin or discord of any kind. It took no account of death, for the only God it knew was "a God of the living" —a God to whom all things were possible, a perfect Father to a perfect Son. It looked to God for all things, and, according to the perfection of the seeking, received from God "every good gift and every perfect gift." Its first warfare was against fear, which Jesus showed plainly to his disciples could have no power when the perfect faith and understanding of the effectual rule of Love had place.

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