In her wonderful book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy teaches that joy, strength, and success come to us largely as the result of service rendered in the spirit of truth and love; that there can be no fruitful service without love, neither can there be any love without service. The healing of a disease here, or the correcting of a habit there, is not the be-all and the end-all of the efficacy of Christian Science; rather, if we so elect, does its influence go with us every day of the week as our guide, defense, and friend. If in the morning we drink of this fountain of perpetual life, we begin the day with determination and end it with satisfaction, and all through the day we rejoice in the quiet sunshine of a faith which brings prosperity and happiness, and at night we abide under the star-sown heavens of rest and peace.

One brought up in the old puritanical doctrines may find it difficult to emancipate himself from belief in material knowledge previously gained, hard to set aside old doctrines and embrace new thoughts, and also to unlearn many things which have cost him no small amount of labor and anxiety to acquire. One does not realize the true relation of the creator and the created until he comes into a consciousness of the vital fact of man's oneness with the infinite Life, and fully understands the meaning of Mrs. Eddy's teaching that "the atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man" (Science and Health, p. 18). Furthermore she says: "'Be not weary in well doing." If your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race" (p. 22).

Even in the midst of this whirlpool of modern commercial life, one can frequently halt in his race, step aside, reach down, and lift up one of the many who have fallen into the slough of error, and place him on the rock of Truth, always remembering those beautiful words of him whom our beloved Leader followed so reverently and served so faithfully, when he said: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Thus all through Science and Health we are taught that not dogmas and creeds, but love and good deeds form the true foundation on which to build a church

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

March 16, 1912

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.