Under the heading "Happiness" is found in Hemma a...


Under the heading "Happiness" is found in Hemma a notable article which—no doubt rightly—points out that true happiness is not dependent on matter, and that a plentiful supply of material things is not necessary for true happiness. Happiness is, in the last analysis, a state of consciousness, a conscious contentment and peace of mind. However, the article gives a mistaken interpretation of the standpoint of Christian Science in relation to sickness and the attitude of the Christian Scientist towards the sick; and I hope you will kindly allow me to rectify this misrepresentation.

The adherents of this teaching certainly do not say that humanity does not suffer from distress, and heavy distress too. On the other hand, they assert—and the truth of this assertion each one who honestly tries can prove for himself—that complete and final freedom from evil in all its forms lies in rectifying step by step the erroneous concepts found in human consciousness, until as a result of right thinking a realization of the truth of being is reached.

In the realm of physical research it is now being more generally acknowledged that, so to speak, behind that which to us seems to be a material, imperfect, changeable, and temporal creation, there must be a stable, eternal cause; and several of the leading thinkers of our time say that one may well consider this first cause or power to be God. God's creation, however, must be entirely spiritual, and therefore the sense of a material world with all that it includes is a perverted concept of the perfect and spiritual creation of God. Scientifically speaking, the whole creation is even now perfect. Says the Preacher, "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions."

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.