Awakening to the Facts of Existence

With a persistence that will not be stayed, that cannot be stayed, Christian Science is calling upon mankind to awaken to the facts of existence. It is the same call as was uttered by Christ Jesus and, in a measure, by every one of the prophets who preceded him. Repentance—repentance from sin—is included in the call, and reformation, too; but it goes far beyond that, even to the entire regeneration of the human selfhood.

What is the situation as it pertains to mankind? All believe more or less in the reality of matter and material existence; the majority believe more or less in the reality of Spirit and spiritual existence. That is to say, mankind as a whole believes in the reality of Spirit and matter, in the reality of spiritual existence and material existence. And it is spiritual sense which testifies to the former, and so-called material sense which bears witness to the latter.

Consider the position still more closely. Mortals appear to live in a material universe. The five physical senses plead for the reality of that universe: the eye to see it; the ear to hear it; the tongue to taste it; and the senses of touch and smell apparently add their quota to the evidence which it is held goes to prove the existence and reality of matter. On the other hand, there exists the spiritual realm attested to by spiritual sense. Here the qualities of Spirit are recognized, such as goodness, love, purity, courage, honesty, humility, constancy, faith, intelligence, and so on—qualities with not a trace of materiality about them. So that to mortals two distinct kingdoms appear to exist side by side. Briefly, that is the position as it presents itself to and concerns mankind.

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Servant and Service
July 17, 1926

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