True Attraction

In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (pp. 48, 49) is quoted an extract from the pen of the late Frederick Lawrence Knowles. Writing in the Methodist Review in reference to the spiritual development of Christian Scientists due to their daily reading of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings, he said: "They feed the higher nature through the mind, and I am bound as an observer of them to say, in all fairness, that the result is already manifest in their faces, their conversation, and their bearing, both in public and private. What wonder that when these smiling people say, 'Come thou with us, and we will do thee good,' the hitherto half-persuaded one is wholly drawn over, as by an irresistible attraction."

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has made plain to us the truth about real attraction. She says (p. 102) : "There is but one real attraction,that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind."

What, then, is the attraction that the writer in the Methodist Review had seen manifested "in their faces, their conversation, and their bearing"? The word "bearing" is commonly used by navigators as indicating the direction in which a vessel is proceeding, relative to the north; and the north is indicated by "the pointing of the needle to the pole." Is not the bearing that the writer referred to one that can be maintained only by responding to the "one real attraction, that of Spirit"?

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The Law of Good
April 12, 1930

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