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Let us consider some of the steps to be taken before we can advance very far in the understanding of Christian Science. We have experienced the overcoming of discord and disease, and now we long for a deeper understanding of spiritual truths, so that we may lead others to the heavenly light. What is it that keeps us from gaining this understanding? Why do we not progress more rapidly in the demonstration of the truth? As we grow in the power of honest self-analysis we find that the chief thing that keeps us from advancing is the fact that we do not really want to do so.
If with our whole heart we want to know God, if desire to understand better His law is. the motive of our lives, if we can say with Paul, "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord," then nothing on earth can prevent our steady progress in the understanding of Christian Science. But advance satisfactorily we cannot, if while seeking Truth we still cling tenaciously to material desires, hidden in some obscure corner of thought. "Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty," writes Mrs. Eddy on page 183 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
This all-absorbing yearning for holiness is not, however, born in day; nor need we be discoraged that it is not. If we tenderly cherish the newborn aspiration for good, if we cultivate it and protect it and love it, it will grow. At times when the carnal mind talks very loudly to us, all we can do is to pray to God to give us right desires, and this prayer, if honest, is always answered. The inclination for the things of Spirit may seem very frail at first, but if it is diligently and earnestly nourished, we shall find that it becomes a strong influence in our lives; we shall find ourselves breathing the prayer, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."
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The Liberty to Be the Sons of God
The Christian Science Monitor
ELBERT R. HOFFMAN
The Human Need
EDWARD EARLE DANIELL
A Pressing Problem
BRENDA L. BROWN
The Lesson of the Sunset
FRANCES THOMPSON HILL
A second letter of opposition to Christian Science recently...
Judge Clifford P. Smith
Commenting upon the editorial, "A Mad World," from...
Louis E. Scholl
In a letter published under the caption, "Christian Science and Miracles,"...
V. M. B. Stievenard
The Standard Uplifted
William P. McKenzie
In the Path of Righteousness
William D. McCrackan
Annie M. Knott
Admission to Membership in The Mother Church
Charles E. Jarvis
with contributions from Stanley M. Horsefield, C. Lilias Ramsay, Lillian Banks
Eleven years ago I was healed, through Christian Science...
Susan Stearns Bridgman with contributions from Daniel E. Bridgman
It is time publicly to express my gratitude for the blessings...
Lilian S. Ruddick
Four years ago I came to Christian Science for physical...
Amy E. Gnau with contributions from Harry Gnau
For about eight years I received help through Christian Science...
Siri Alzen Wales
On page 302 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy...
John D. King
It is about thirteen years since Christian Science first...
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Ellery Sedgwick, G. W. Winfrey, Secretary