PROTECTION AGAINST TEMPTATION

All the processes of Christian Science are mental, and they lead one to that primal cause which we recognize to be God, good. What may be termed the processes of false belief are also mental, and lead back to the supposed negation of good. When we come face to face with our daily problems, we find we must turn to either one or the other; to Truth or to error. If we turn toward Truth, we find a protection which means to us in its ultimate all that is good; if, however, we turn toward error, we immediately seem to be flooded with discord and disharmony of all kinds.

The first view one gains of Christian Science, on being healed from sin or disease through its redemptive ministry, fills him, naturally, with joy and happiness. It seems as though he could never again be conscious of aught but good, and that existence must continue to be one calm, peaceful, undisturbed realization that he lives, moves, and has his being in God. He has accepted the allness of God, and realized that all things are mental in their conception and development, but failing to abide "in the secret place of the most High," and so falling from the high estate of protection in continued good works, he finds in his experience something discordant and inharmonious. As this condition presents itself, his first feeling is one of amazement; then follow distress, resentment, self-pity, discouragement, and at length wonderment, perchance, if there is any God after all.

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