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Good Alone Is Real
IT is sometimes surprising, even to the student of Christian Science, to find how belief in the reality of both good and evil permeates human thinking, even in what are considered its best aspects. Men and women who are earnestly desirous of helping their fellow creatures and alleviating the suffering around them, handicap their efforts through a fixed and illogical belief in the reality and divine permission of the evil which they are attempting to destroy.
Another curious illusion of the human mind is the belief that personal experience of sickness or sorrow is helpful, if not positively essential in order to be able to help others to be healthy and happy. A remark recently made to the writer to the effect that a man could only learn through suffering how to help and cheer his fellow man, showed how much reason we have for gratitude to Christian Science for an understanding of what happiness is, and how it can be realized here and now. Any erroneous statement made is only an opportunity for knowing the true fact, and it was gratefully realized, in the instance alluded to, that the man who best helps his fellow man is he who knows most about God. He is also the happiest man, for he is daily proving, in healing sorrow, sickness, and sin, that Spirit, divine Mind, is the only creator, and man in the image and likeness of Spirit reflects infinite Life, Truth, and Love, and therefore is spiritual, deathless, perfect. For the one demonstrating this glorious truth there can be nothing but rejoicing.
Any one who has experienced in the slightest degree the joy and peace of knowing that God is ever present Love, and that the only law governing man and the universe is the eternal, unchanging, supreme law of divine Principle, good, knows that true happiness is forever independent of any material sense of wealth, fame, or even personal affection, and is experienced in spite of the presence or absence of these conditions, and quite irrespective of them. Indeed, if we cling to the mortal sense of joy in persons or things we but sentence ourselves to suffer the doom of this false sense as satisfaction in or with matter gives way, as it inevitably must, before the unfoldment of the ever present consciousness of true being.
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Good Alone Is Real
ALEXANDER F. PRIMROSE
True Courage Established
MAY JOHNSTON HALE
Only One Right
THOMAS JOSEPH ABBOTT
Are You Rejoicing?
FRED W. JANVRIN
Getting Away from Things
E. R. BARAGER
The Oil and the Wine
The Unlimited Idea
Gustavus S. Paine
I Thank Thee
JOHN HOWARD RUSSELL
About five years ago my son was thrown from a motor...
ANNA MUTHART BAKER with contributions from William C. Baker
Inspired by a deep sense of gratitude for many and...
The unfoldment of good through the study of Christian...
HELEN R. CARPENTER
My attention was first called to Christian Science when...
Jonathan O. Eastman with contributions from ELIZABETH M. EASTMAN, ANNA C. EASTMAN
"Man's extremity is God's opportunity"
IDA ZAHLER with contributions from Gottlieb Zahler
I wish to express my thankfulness to God and gratitude...
CARRIE ELIZABETH FRANKLIN
Signs of the Times
with contributions from William T. Ellis, John Foster Fraser
with contributions from Charles E. Jarvis