ONE of the problems of human existence is how to distinguish that which will bless from that which will harm, to discern what is the whisper of evil and what the warning voice of Truth. Doubt respecting these things is well expressed by Hamlet, in his uncertainty as to whether his father's ghost is a manifestation of good or evil, in the words, "Thou comest in such a questionable shape." The explanations given in Science and Health of the method by which we can separate the real from the unreal are explicit and absolute; but the understanding needed for their application is only gained by much study, for truth, like salvation, is attained by the effort of the individual and not by that of another.

In regard to the difficulty of ascertaining the worth or worthlessness of certain thoughts which present themselves to us, it is helpful to consider the various accounts of angels given in the Bible, taking of course as groundwork the definition given in the Glossary of Science and Health, where we are told that angels are "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect" (p. 581). In our daily lives we can often discover the presence of these angels, or thoughts from God, which may even seem to come at times disguised in grievous forms; or perhaps one should rather say that through our troubles we are compelled to turn our consideration to those pure ideas which can alone lift us up and save us from our mortal selves. This does not mean that any trouble or suffering is, or can be, an angel, but simply that what appears to be an affliction occasionally reveals a blessing, which we are able to perceive after a sufficient time has elapsed so that we can judge the case by the results.

April 15, 1916

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