Are you sure?
This bookmark will be removed from all folders and any saved notes will be permanently removed.
Overcoming Evil Suggestions
[Written Especially for Young People]
A Problem commonly presented to the young Christian Scientist leaving his home for the first time to attend college, or for other reasons, is that of having to make his own decisions, to choose between right and wrong. Until then his parents may have helped him in his choice of friends, and thus he has been protected from harmful contacts. Drinking and smoking and other evil ways of living have thus far been discarded as not to be indulged in.
But when this young person finds himself away from home, thrown among persons representing many types of mortal mind, he may find seemingly logical arguments presented in support of these very evils from which his parents have all along protected him. Perhaps he is even tempted to feel inferior because he does not fall in with these so-called broad-minded ways. In fact, the arguments of mortal mind seem so real that, if accepted, they are apt to cause confusion in the thoughts of the young Christian Scientist. Being confronted with this subtle form of error, manifested by many of those with whom he is thrown, he may begin to wonder if his parents are not too strict. Perhaps, the error whispers, he has seen only one side of life, and in order that he may be well balanced and broad-minded he should not shut out these so-called broadening actions from his experience. Then, too, what real harm can there be in occasional drinking and smoking, so long as he thinks he will never acquire the habit?
Such was the mental state of a certain Christian Scientist who had been brought up by very strict New England parents. She had always heard the evils of drinking and smoking severely condemned. During her childhood and until the age limit of twenty years had been reached she had attended the Christian Science Sunday School. Both her parents were active church members in the Christian Science organization, and they furnished a very good example of Christian Science lived and demonstrated in all daily problems. Still, the counterarguments came to her consciousness and clamored for logical answers. Her association with the Christian Science Society at the university through her four years of college experience truly was a steadying influence, and innumerable times served as a haven during storms.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
A Complete Providing
LAURA DUNBAR HAGARTY
On Knowing God
E. HOWARD HOOPER
PEARL G. ANDREWS
The Supreme Confidence
WILLIAM MACNAGHTEN MACDONALD
Discerning "the signs of the times"
J. ALLEN BARRIS
Simplicity in Christian Science
DOROTHEA D. DULIN
Overcoming Evil Suggestions
HELEN DYER BEAVER
JEAN M. SNYDER
At the annual convention of Anglo-Catholic priests in...
John H. O'Loughlin,
Kindly allow me space to comment briefly on a letter...
Richard E. Prince,
I have read with interest the report of a recent local...
J. Latimer Davis,
Under the title "Christianity and Christian Science" a...
Count Helmuth von Moltke,
"Sickness as only thought"
The Feast, not Excuses
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Gove S. Taylor, Mildred P. Kindy, Eleanor C. Hawley, Winfield C. Vaughn, Vyse B. Whedon, William Schaefer, Phebe N. Burbridge, Norah M. Jackman, Daisy L. Whittaker
Christian Science came into my experience at a time...
Mildred A. Miller
Christian Science first found me about fourteen years...
Luisa Rosenthal with contributions from Walter Rosenthal
Christian Science came into our lives over five years ago,...
Lydia D. Steinmetz with contributions from Edward Charles Steinmetz, Edward Steinmetz
This testimony is sent with the prayer that it may give...
Harry Klemptner with contributions from Dorothy M. Klemptner
It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I acknowledge...
Willie Ross Deputy
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Roy L. Smith, Walter Lippmann, Josiah Sibley