Two Things Essential

Christian Science is answering the deep cry of mortals, who are asking for a way out of the struggles and sorrows of materiality; who are asking how to overcome all that is detrimental to health, happiness, and success. On page 202 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy answers this when she says, "The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done."

Even after students have begun the study and application of this great Christ-teaching, one hears frequently, "I am not making satisfactory progress;" or, "I do not understand why I fail to demonstrate over, or overcome, the sense of limitation, although I study faithfully each day, attend the services, and feel that I have a fair understanding of the theory of Christian Science." The experience of one who found himself in such a condition will doubtless be of practical aid to many. In laying the problem before a practitioner, the troubled one in considerable detail described the struggles made in an effort to obtain freedom and happiness. The practitioner soon discerned that much of the effort put forth was intellectual in its nature, and that the patient was somewhat confused by the multiplicity of things to be accomplished. This discernment enabled the practitioner instantly to extend consolation and reassurance, by pointing out the fact that in truth the practice of Christian Science is a very simple process.

In substantiation of this, the practitioner cited the conversation between Jesus and a "certain lawyer," who had asked the Master, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" In reply Jesus asked what was "written in the law;" and when the lawyer answered that we are commanded to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourself, Jesus said, "This do, and thou shalt live." The reduction of Christian Science practice to the observance of these two things, simple yet profound in their nature, gave the student fresh courage and a clearer grasp upon the fundamental work necessary to produce harmonious results.

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"God is All-in-all"
December 11, 1926

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