The Human Need

Christian Science is the Holy Ghost, or understanding of God, the application of which to the human need practically demonstrates that man is the Son of God, perfect and eternal. It is the availability of Christian Science to meet this human need which makes it the most valuable thing in the world to-day. Never in the history of the world has the human need been so apparent; nor has there ever been a greater demand on humanity for the best it can give. Service—prompt, loving, and unremitting—is to-day a necessity. Dogma and creed, discussion and argument, have little place in the activity of the world at this time.

Recently a friend asked the writer what the following passage from the thirty-sixth psalm meant to him: "O Lord, thou preservest man and beast." "Why, just what it says," was the reply. "But did you not analyze the qualities of thought?" the friend asked. "No, that does not appear to be necessary. The text states clearly that God preserves man and beast, and it means just what it says." Christian Science is to meet the human need, for there is no other need. The real man—the divine idea—needs no help, but mortals do, and right where they are. The mere analyzing of words without making practical application of the understanding gained, never brings anyone nearer to God. Job says, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee;" and again he says, "Yet in my flesh shall I see God."

A Pressing Problem
March 15, 1919

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