The Real Christian Scientist

"Ye are the salt of the earth. . . . Ye are the light of the world." To a Christian Scientist these words spoken by Jesus immediately following the Beatitudes in his wonderful Sermon on the Mount have a specific meaning.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus plainly indicated the qualities which are blessed,—selflessness, purity, humility, meekness, mercy, and courage,—and a Christian Scientist knows that in proportion as he reflects these qualities is he becoming a light in the world. Did not Jesus fully exemplify all of them? And did he not say, "I am the light of the world"? Therefore, the true Christian Scientist, who is striving to let that Mind be in him "which was also in Christ Jesus," finds that he too must confirm his faith by his works, rather than by words alone. He claims no selfhood apart from God, no intelligence but the reflection of divine Mind, no life except that which is derived from God, who is Life, and no love but the love of God. And his desire is so to live that the world may see his "good works," and glorify his Father in heaven.

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