The persistency and zeal which are impelling factors with the Christian Scientist are inspired by the assurance of his quest. When Sir Galahad sought the holy grail he was animated by a holy purpose and by the possibility of success; yet he lacked the positiveness of the ultimate that gives courage, perseverance, and joy to the Christian Scientist. Demonstration upon demonstration assures the latter of the proof of the great verity that God is omnipotent; and although evil may seem to be ubiquitous and active, that is only the lie of a would-be usurper of God, infinite good, who is omnipresent and omniactive.

"Precept upon precept; . . . here a little, and there a little," convinces the newcomer that in Christian Science he has entered the right gate and has found the right path. If there were no conflicts with the so-called carnal mind to be undergone, no error to overcome, there would be no necessity for the truth to be demonstrated,—it would be an established fact in the consciousness of each individual; therefore in the universal consciousness. Material beliefs and temptations beset the way, but rock-foundationed in hope, faith, and love, true Scientists neither fear nor doubt, for "stately Science pauses not, but moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, leading to divine heights" (Science and Health, p. 566). Having that priceless possession, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, by the aid of which we can here and now begin to enter heaven, eternal harmony; directed and supported by the immutable power of Spirit, what seeming counter-attraction can be offered to one who is awake to the truth of Life, or that can hinder this one from pursuing the way of victory, the incorporation into his own consciousness of the changeless truth, the attainment of man's real selfhood, unseparated and inseparable from God, perfect Mind.

Close adherence to divine Principle gives one power to perceive and to resist all of the allurements of mortal mind, whether it be the seductions of sensuous pleasure or the gratification of the subtleties of self-love, anger, criticism, envy, hatred, etc., all of which promise gratification in their indulgence and would turn one from the path of spiritual peace; but resistance to error and steadfast reliance upon Christ, Truth, will completely expose these obnoxious elements in their true colors, and a conquest is achieved which brings real pleasure and the rejoicing consciousness of having followed the charted way. We are rightly guided only in so far as we are obedient to Principle; any deviation therefrom causes one to become stranded on the shoals of sense slavery. In reflecting Truth, Love, and goodness, we follow the straight and narrow path, the path which leads ultimately to the bringing out of the perfect man, the express likeness of God, Mind, and the Scriptures give us the joyful assurance that in reality this is the only man that has ever existed.

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September 23, 1911

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