Man's True Spiritual Nature

How often have men debated within themselves as to their true nature! Many have had themselves under observation, so to speak, for years, as good or evil impulses surged through them, producing good or evil effects; but the mystery remained unsolved. And often they have asked themselves why it was that they sometimes chose good and sometimes evil, why evil failed to satisfy them, and why the longing for good, often undefined, had persisted within them? The enigma remained until Christian Science came and solved it.

Now the problem of good and evil is at the root of the enigma, has always been at the root of it. Get the solution to that problem, and the enigma is solved. It is deeply interesting to note that, as Christian Science shows, the question is dealt with at the very beginning of the first book in the Bible, Genesis. If one studies the first three chapters of Genesis it will become plain to him that two entirely different versions of creation are there presented. And it is noteworthy that the first chapter is entirely taken up with an account of the spiritual creation, which is declared to be perfect, the thirty-first verse referring to it thus: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." A so-called imperfect material creation is nowhere spoken of in this chapter.

But when one reads the second chapter he is presented with an entirely different account of creation: he is told that "the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul;" in other words, sentient matter is declared to have come into existence. The problem which these two chapters presented remained unsolved, baffling the best efforts of consecrated men, until Mrs. Eddy made her great discovery of Christian Science. But with that discovery the enigma disappeared.

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Notes from the Publishing House
July 9, 1927

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