A critic , not altogether unfriendly, once predicted that Christian Science would survive everything but prosperity. The observation is astute, and if somewhat trite, will nevertheless not be lost upon Christian Scientists. Mrs. Eddy tells us that Christ Jesus was "the most scientific man that ever trod the globe" (Science and Health, p. 313), and he laid down the axiom that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Materialism cannot enter heaven, because heaven is a state of consciousness in which Spirit and spiritual formations are the only realities. Rome fell because the sturdy integrity and moral idealism of her citizenship had been sapped and enfeebled by luxury and wealth.

Every Christian Scientist has been impressed with the truth that one cannot serve two masters. Some time in his heavenward journey every man will learn the futility of reliance upon material modes or methods, and the degree to which he is able to make this practical in his experiences, will equal the amount of real faith in God which he has cultivated and his corresponding recognition of the transient nature of material possessions. In acquiring this understanding, Christian Scientists have had the advantage of the many admonitions and warnings to be found in the textbook; for example, that notable passage on page 261: "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts." And this agrees with Jesus' appeal to seek "first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness."

October 5, 1912

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