Apathy Overcome

Apathy might be defined as sluggishness of thought regarding what one should do. Its tap-root is in mortal mind, that arch-enemy of God and man. In Science and Health (p. 218) Mrs. Eddy says, "The human mind is the sinner, disinclined to self-correction." In fact, we find that mortal mind is busy about anything rather than self-improvement. Self-correction would destroy mortal mind, and so manifest a counterfeit would not knowingly attempt self-destruction. Having evolved itself from supposition, it would seem to direct every effort toward keeping up the farce, maintaining that man and the universe are identified with matter and evil. It says, therefore, that man, the image and likeness of God, cannot be perfect; and this in the face of Jesus' command, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," and his complete proof of man's ability to demonstrate sonship in God.

But men are finding out today in Christian Science that the apostle John said the truth when he proclaimed, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God," and are setting to work to prove the statement in their every-day living by applying the rules laid down in Christian Science. They are becoming healthier, happier, purer, more prosperous; they are enjoying increased longevity, and in a measure experiencing the kingdom of heaven right here on earth in the ever-increasing reign of harmony within them.

Christian Science is as far from apathy as it is from mortal mind, for it teaches men self-correction first of all. It shows them that they need to see what should be done, and then to go diligently, patiently, and persistently about doing it. They learn that they are to repudiate as utterly unreal, and therefore as no part of themselves or any man, all that is unlike God, and to maintain stoutly the allness and oneness of Deity, forever expressed, and that this expression is man, as Christ Jesus taught and demonstrated.

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