Coming Forth

We may assume that Jesus' ringing command to Lazarus, "Come forth," called him from the tomb of materiality into a fuller comprehension of deathless, spiritual life. This "Come forth" is echoed by Christian Science through its divine summons to acknowledge God as the spiritual and perpetual source of man's existence and consciousness. The coming forth out of ignorance into spiritual enlightenment entails turning mentally away from the material theories of pantheism, polytheism, atheism, matter-worship. God's image does not live in matter but in divine Mind.

Isaiah proclaimed God's command, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. ... For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord." How can one who has drifted into bad habits break them? How can prodigal thoughts be arrested and redeemed? How can the downward road be forsaken and the upward way pursued? By the study and application of Christian Science. By learning, through reason and revelation, through prayer and through practice, to receive into consciousness the regenerating impartations of divine Mind, which blot out the human sense of sin, suffering, and limitation. A man may not regard himself as religious, but he does not like to be sick or in bondage to enslaving habits, and for this reason may turn to Christian Science to escape from his disconcertions. There is, in fact, no need for anyone to bear the irksome and humiliating load of sickness, sin, or failure, if he will but grasp the Science of real living as revealed in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. In their light he can come forth into the understanding of God's nature and purpose, and prove it in his own character, health, and daily life.

From the basis of the one infinite Mind, God, Christian Science shows us how to censor or examine our thinking. No one should indiscriminately accept the thoughts knocking at his mental doorway any more than he would indiscriminately accept any unchoice food should it be placed before him. The Christian Scientist is wisely fastidious in the choice of his mental diet, well knowing by experience that mortal beliefs starve his higher nature, whereas the thoughts of divine Mind nourish and exalt him.

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December 3, 1932

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