Proving All Things

This is the age of demonstration. Never has there been a greater demand for results; never have mortals been less satisfied with promises. Theories which appear reasonable and consistent may satisfy for the immediate present, but unless results are forthcoming, theories are not long adhered to. The tendency is to judge everything by what is accomplished. It may be that the demand for things practical has inclined thought toward the material, since to human thought the material seems more tangible, hence more susceptible of application. This is because spiritual things have been regarded more in a theoretical way, and it has been quite generally considered that they were not so vitally essential to success in the affairs of this world.

Since the discovery of Christian Science thousands have been made to see that the unseen things of Spirit are not only tangible, but that they are essential to health, happiness, and success. In other words, it is becoming apparent that spiritual understanding is the foundation of good health, true happiness, and enduring success. It is also becoming apparent that to seek first "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness," is to gain the consciousness of good which material sense can neither give nor take away.

When the healing power of Christianity was lost sight of, humanity was deprived of one of the practical proofs of faith, and religion became more a matter of belief than of actual demonstration. It is true that mortals continued to look to God as their only savior from sin, but since they were oftentimes more concerned about their health than they were about their morals, they were more interested in that which would restore them to health than they were in that which would save them from sin. Believing as they did that some material remedy for disease was necessary, it is not strange that in their search for relief so much dependence was placed on material means and so much attention was given to the observance of material health laws.

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The Father's House
January 16, 1915

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