Man's Birthright of Dominion

When men seem to be suffering, when they appear to be the victims of disease, when they apparently fall before the suggestions of evil and become evil's prey, often they are pathetically helpless, seemingly devoid of the power to free themselves in the least degree. And as men are viewed under these conditions, how lacking in dominion they appear to be! On the other hand, when one considers what men have done, their conquests over the great oceans, over the land on which they dwell, over the air, and their innumerable victories over the mysteries of nature as commonly understood, is one not justified in regarding them as conquerors, those whose dominion has been indubitably established in many and in great ways?

Men viewed from the human standpoint have been either the helpless victims of circumstances over which they believed they had little or no control, or victors who have overcome conditions which formerly it may have seemed impossible to surmount. A strange mixture, human existence, an enigma indeed to mortal sense! Why the seeming helplessness alongside of the power of conquest? Why the seeming feebleness in the face of disease, or lack, or sin, when men are able to perform herculean tasks unharmed when duty calls them to action? Must the questions remain unanswered; or is there a solution of the mysterious contradictions of human life?

Christian Science contains the solution to all of life's problems. It explains the feebleness of men in the face of so-called disease, accident, or other forms of evil belief, and shows how weakness can be transformed into couragem strength, and victorious purposefulness. And it does this by opening men's eyes to the unreality of all unlike God, Spirit, of all unlike good. Christian Science takes its stand on the irrefutable truth of God's allness and perfection, and enables us to understand how the demonstration of this truth lifts mankind out of its helplessness and endows it with the power to overcome. In other words, the spiritual understanding which Christian Science enables the humble, faithful student to receive, lifts him above matter and its so-called laws, and gives him the assurance of man's birthright of dominion.

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True Hope
May 26, 1928

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