To those who know little or nothing of this teaching, the natural, beautiful simplicity of Christian Science may seem difficult to grasp; yet Science is as simple as claiming something that is one's own or accepting a beautiful gift, and is as easy to practice as it is to love someone altogether lovable. What makes it seem hard to understand is that mortals usually take the mistaken way in argument. In expecting certain results, a person may build up around himself higher and higher walls of mortal beliefs. Such a one confines himself in an unreal prison and thinks that necessarily it must take much time, strenuous efforts, or material means to set him free. The nothingness of error or the unreality of the prison walls seems beyond his grasp; for it cannot be conceived by material sense how an appeal to God can bring any benefit, when the creator is regarded as being far away, or at all times ready to punish His children.

"The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 140 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Could anything be more simple? Universal Love, everywhere present; eternal Love, forever loving; divine Love, unchanging—never variable, never partial! Such a Father could not cause or know aught but good. This was the one God and Father whom Jesus knew, and a study of his marvelously successful practice reveals the utmost simplicity and divine naturalness in the operation of the truth he taught and demonstrated. In "Retrospection and Introspection" our Leader writes (p. 91), "In this simplicity, and with such fidelity, we see Jesus ministering to the spiritual needs of all who placed themselves under his care, always leading them into the divine order, under the sway of his own perfect understanding."

Gratitude and Healing
January 27, 1934

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