Christian Science Satisfies

One need not go far to find some mortal who is dissatisfied with what he calls life, one who is a strict materialist, with no spiritual vision of the future. No line of study or work in which he is interested ever brings him any sense of security or genuine satisfaction. He is so thoroughly immersed in materiality that he is practically debarred from saying or doing anything that proves helpful to his fellow-men. Under the guidance of sense-testimony he looks in vain for something practical, something that will enable him to accomplish some good in the world. But the inevitable awakening comes.

After years of unrest, in which human selfishness has played a most conspicuous part, Christian Science enters this person's life and works a most radical change of thought. After a brief period of overzealous effort to convert others to his new way of thinking, even his nearest friends may feel justified in telling him that he is "losing his mind." In one sense he recognizes the justice of such a statement, in that he has begun to think above and beyond the so-called mind of the flesh and to catch a glimpse of the new man, actuated and controlled by the Mind of Christ. For the first time in his life, he can say he has begun to experience a sense of real satisfaction. As he becomes a devoted and consecrated student of Christian Science, he is firmly convinced that in this Science he has found the one and only teaching that can ever bring genuine peace, joy, happiness, and satisfaction. As he progresses in spiritual understanding, he is more and more assured that Christian Science does satisfy. To live it and to love it is to prove this fact true in the experience of every honest seeker of Truth. Only he who fails to live Christian Science fails to experience satisfaction in its teachings.

The world looks on and wonders how Christian Scientists can be satisfied with such strange doctrine! But why call it strange? Christian Scientists see nothing strange or peculiar in the doctrine that God is infinite Love, and that He governs the entire universe in perpetual peace and harmony. They see nothing strange in the doctrine that because good is supreme, we can and must overcome the belief or supposition that good endows evil with power to defeat the purposes of good. They see nothing strange in the doctrine that because Jesus and his followers healed the sick and the sinner nearly two thousand years ago through the power of God, his true followers can do the same to-day, since God's power is unchangeable. They see nothing strange in the doctrine that obedience to God's law brings health and happiness and "on earth peace, good will toward men." They see nothing strange in the doctrine that divine Love punishes and destroys sin in all its forms. They see nothing strange in the doctrine that "if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

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The Only Physician
June 14, 1924

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