The Aim of the Christian Scientist

It is well that the Christian Scientist should often inquire of himself what his aim is. To know whither he is journeying makes it easier for him to travel in the right direction. To be aimless is to be rudderless. There is little likelihood, however, of the sincere Christian Scientist becoming either aimless or rudderless; for has he not got a glimpse, at least, of reality,—a glorious vision, maybe, of divine Principle and its universe of ideas; and is not his aim, his constant and steadfast aim, to obtain a far greater knowledge of Principle and Principle's perfect spiritual universe? This aim guides him in his endeavors, helps to support him in his trials, and strengthens him in his divine pursuits.

The Christian Scientist has usually come out of tribulation. Once upon a time, perhaps, he was weighed down by disease or care or sorrow. Probably he had a measure of faith in God's goodness even then. But his faith was shadowy; it lacked the consistency begotten of spiritual understanding. It was not adequate to raise him sufficiently above the material sense of things; and, so, it did not suffice to cure him of his disease or heal him of his sorrowful beliefs. Then, Christian Science came with its marvelous revelation of omnipresent divine Principle, showing him that Principle and its idea, man, are united and inseparable. His faith instantly became illumined; and with the illumination his life began to be transformed, sickness disappearing, and hope and gladness taking the place of care and sorrow.

Among the Churches
May 6, 1922

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