"Shew unto man his uprightness"

The disheartening results of the best human endeavors to destroy sin and sickness are due to a mistaken sense. The doctor believes he has to change a sick man into a healthy man, the minister that he has to convert a sinner into a saint, oblivious of the truth as taught by the Master, Christ Jesus, that a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. One liable to be sick can never be considered as fundamentally healthy, and one capable of sinning can never be considered as wholly the work of God—else God is charged with imperfection.

When Christian Science comes to show us the scientific method of redemption and healing, the student, because of false concepts, sometimes finds that it is years before he can wholly rid his thought of the old way of thinking on these subjects. The method of the Christian Scientist in dealing with sin, disease, and death is very simple, but mortals do not always readily accept it. Humanity is so accustomed to expect difficulties along the way that, in a great measure, it makes its own stumblingblocks in journeying from sense to Soul.

The chief stumblingblock in the way of most of us is our failure to recognize, constantly and continuously, that God does not require of us that we should alter His already perfect creation, but that we should see that all that is wrong is our false view of things, and that in altering this wrong viewpoint we begin to behold that which was from "the beginning, is now, and ever shall be"—the perfect. The work of the Christian Scientist, whether or not he be a practitioner in the official sense of the term, is, in the words of the book of Job, "to shew unto man his uprightness." Those who are suffering and "going down to the pit" are delivered by what is known about their real existence as God's children. As Mrs. Eddy has written on pages 476 and 477 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."

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"The beauty of holiness"
April 28, 1928

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