Christian Science reveals to mankind the truth that God is All-in-all, the only cause; the one and only Mind, which includes all intelligence; the divine Principle governing all existence, and including all effect. It further reveals that man is God's own image and likeness, His reflection, His idea; that man exists because of God; that man's life is one of obedience to the Principle of all reality. These truths the Christian Scientist must prove for himself sooner or later. This is his problem of salvation.

In the working out of one's salvation there is no quality of thought of more importance than that of obedience. It is this quality which makes us reliable Christian Scientists and gives us a clearer concept of God's kingdom here and now. Mrs. Eddy has written in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 12), "Our sense of Science will be measured by our obedience to God,—fulfilling the law of Love, doing good to all; imparting, so far as we reflect them, Truth, Life, and Love to all within the radius of our atmosphere of thought." Obedience to divine intuitions, to the Manual of The Mother Church, to the rules of a branch church, to the will of a majority of a branch church, to the laws of the land and to those in authority, will open the way for us be more and more obedient to the divine Principle, which controls and governs all.

In order to work out a problem in mathematics correctly, one must obey the rules. A child in school begins with the simpler problems and advances in his understanding according to his degree of experience and application; but in order to progress he needs to obey each and every rule. Even so, the Christian Scientist will solve each and every problem that confronts him if he will obey the rules of Christian Science. Paul has declared, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

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Our Flower Garden
February 26, 1927

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