Faith and Logic

That Christian Science is entirely logical no thoughtful student can deny; but however much we may recognize and appreciate the logic of Christian Science, we learn, when confronted with some serious human problem, that something more than mere logic is required to effect a solution. The "wise and prudent" can recognize this logic; but the real motive power of demonstration is not revealed to these, but "unto babes"—the pure, righteous, trusting thought. This quality of thought not only recognizes the truth, but calmly and naturally relies upon it. It is this quality of thought that reflects spiritual power in the solution of human problems as they are dealt with in Christian Science.

To concede that God, good, is the great and only cause is not difficult for the Christian; but to accept the inevitable conclusion that the only possible effect must therefore be good, like its cause, seems more difficult. But even this admission is not all that is required in Christian Science. The recognition or acceptance of the truth must be voluntary, amounting to a serene conviction of its reality and substantiality. It was this solid conviction or acceptance of the truth that enabled Jesus on more than one occasion to thank God for the demonstration before it was made manifest.

The human so-called mind, limited by ignorance of God, Spirit, has faith in matter and its seeming manifestations. It has been educated to expect good to come to it through certain material channels. It expects happiness through material possessions and associations, health through bodily conditions, and supply through profession or employment. The result is a fear that one or more of these channels may fail, and thus cause misery, disease, and poverty. Nothing but an abiding faith in the ever-presence of good can look beyond these finite forms or material channels and recognize spiritual good as the present fact. Such a faith dissolves the veil or mist of materiality, whether expressed in body, economic conditions, or material circumstances, and beholds the spiritual fact right where and while the carnal mind, so called, sees the unreal manifestation of finite sense, with its limitations and its failures.

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The Rod
October 5, 1929

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