In the column conducted by Dorothy Dix in a recent...

Vancouver Sun

In the column conducted by Dorothy Dix in a recent issue, appears the following amazing advice to an inquirer: "Hold the thought, as our Christian Science friends would say, that you are the most beautiful, the most marvelous, the most admired, and most successful woman in the world," et cetera. It is difficult for a Christian Scientist to conceive of such advice being seriously given or seriously accepted. Such a form of mental treatment, although it may be found in some so-called mental systems, would be a travesty on genuine Christian Science, and would expose to just ridicule the most sublime expression of Christ's Christianity which has been presented to mankind. One could as truthfully and sensibly pluck a thistle and call it a rose, as to take the mental attitude cited above and call it the method of Christian Science.

Whatever changes for the better may come in the physical appearance of a student of Christian Science come unsought. That is to say, they are not the immediate object of his or her efforts, but result from mental and moral improvement, from entertaining better thoughts and better motives. The only standard of beauty found in Christian Science is described in the Scriptures as "the beauty of holiness," and Christian Scientists well know that the beauty which lasts and is really worth while is gained in no other way. Christian Scientists, it may be added, are not seeking the admiration of men, but the approval of God. "The recipe for beauty," Mrs. Eddy writes on page 247 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "is to have less illusion and more Soul;" and the only method of attaining success which is recognized in Christian Science is given in our Saviour's well-known words, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

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