THE ATTITUDE OF JOYFULNESS

The student of the Bible is continually impressed with the spirit of praise, thankfulness, and joyousness manifested by the Scripture characters and which is breathed forth on almost every page of the inspired book. The Bible inculcates a spirit of optimism, of hope, rejoicing, and peace. Its fresh and uplifting joyousness is based on an illumined understanding that sees beyond the fleeting evidence of the material senses and discerns the permanence, safety, and beauty of the spiritual universe.

But the buoyant optimism of the Word has not always been discerned. The records of history show that for long ages the thoughts of men have been so darkened by a materialistic view of the nature of God and the universe, that austerity and formalism, fear of evil and dread of punishement, have largely influenced and controlled men in their thought of God. With the advent of Christian Science and the dissemination of its teachings of a God that is good, and a perfect, a spiritual man and universe, a great change has been wrought in this regard, not only among the adherents of Christian Science, but the leavening influence of its well-grounded happiness has sweetened and purified the thoughts of men even to the remotest bounds of the earth.

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