The Law of Progress

In writing of the proof adduced by Christian Scientists of the power of Spirit to overcome sin, sickness, and death, on page 233 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy states, "This [proof] is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil." Then, as Christian Scientists, by destroying erroneous beliefs through the realization of spiritual truth we are proving that the law of God is the law of true progress. The demands upon us for proof do not lessen or cease, but continue with each new day; and we fulfill these constant demands only by daily demonstration of the power of Spirit over all material beliefs.

The problem of demonstrating perpetual progress as the law of God is simplified by consideration of the spiritual facts involved. Since divine ideas are continuously unfolding the qualities of God, man as the compound idea is forever progressive. This fact has been clearly stated by our Leader on page 258 of Science and Health. Thus she writes: "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis." Man's progress, then, is constant, since the infinite idea through unfoldment forever develops itself.

Christian Science practitioners frequently encounter with one seeking spiritual help states of doubt and discouragement as to this progress. Failing to bring into immediate realization an harmonious state of health, the seeker for the light gives strength, seemingly, to the claim of error by momentarily doubting the power of Spirit to heal him. By denying progress, he argues against himself, holding the thought that his case is unique, and that there are conditions attending it which are peculiar, hence more difficult to overcome, than have, perhaps, ever been encountered in any similar case. Even perfectly authenticated testimonies of healing of precisely the same type of discord may fail to encourage the sufferer and arouse thought to the need for standing firmly with God, for dismissing every phase of doubt, for holding as real the perfect man, the man who constantly progresses.

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Turning to God
April 9, 1927

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