As a sort of summation to the Sermon on the Mount, with its infinite promises of good, the great Teacher said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Long before that time the wise man had said, "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." These statements support the teaching of Christian Science that the divine supply for human need is unlimited, and that no evil ever comes from God,—neither sin, pain, sorrow, nor death.

No professed Christian would question the inspiration of the texts here quoted, but with strange inconsistency many quarrel with the logic of Christian Science in its insistence that these statements are capable of demonstration, and that they are valueless unless demonstrated. Paul says that the mere letter "killeth," while "the spirit giveth life;" but it often happens—so tenacious is human belief—that even those who accept Christian Science retain their old and incorrect views of addition, and yet wonder why all good things are not more quickly "added unto" them. They may be even tempted to believe that "the blessing of the Lord"—the coming of Truth to their consciousness—has subtracted a few things which they would like to retain, but Science, with irresistible logic, brings us back to the Scriptural statements, that what God gives brings no sorrow in its train; and that, if we seek "first" the things of God, of Spirit, all good will be added unto us, for God never fails to make good the divine promises.

June 26, 1909

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