In the light of Christian Science it grows more and more apparent that what we term knowledge of evil is in reality engendered solely by ignorance of good or God. The only seeming substance of evil, if such a contradictory term may be used, is the false belief that ignorance is substance. Is it not evident that some powerful antidote is required for all separate the tares from the wheat in human belief? Although Truth has always been close at hand and within reach of all, mortals have been too prone to take everything good for granted, and to attribute the evil to some unknown deific purpose. Moses reminded the Israelites that "he [God] ... fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not." Spiritual harmony is that manna which has been waiting to minister to human needs throughout all ages, but fear, which is belief in evil, is constantly overlooking the divine blessing, and pride and prejudice trample it under foot. In Revelation we read, "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna." What is causing the truth of being to seem hidden? Nothing but the universal belief in the reality of evil. This false belief, belief, be it remembered, is the only evil, and nothing but Truth can eradicate both the belief and its widespread consequences.

The Christian Science text-book, which makes clear to every receptive reader the spiritual meaning of the Bible, is the "manna" falling in this age, and like the children of Israel, who gathered daily enough to meet each day's requirements, students of Christian Science must study their literature daily, and watch that no form of evil keep its meaning "hidden" in daily demonstration. Discouragement, fear, rivalry, ingratitude, laziness, sometimes result in the manna remaining unheeded and ungarnered. Others again, while accepting the teachings of Christian Science, find themselves looking back at the flesh-pots of Egypt, sighing for the playthings of the past, and saying, "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely;... but now ... there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." Are we not safe in confiding our happiness to God, since, as Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health (p. 57), "happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love"? Evil is always trying to bring about apathy and stagnation, if not retrogression, in the one who has put his hand to the plough.

March 14, 1908

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