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Independence and Dependence
Independence! The very thought of it finds instant response in everyone's heart. Its attainment is so desired that people spend much of their time and effort in endeavoring to gain that degree of security which represents freedom. To many, independence means liberation from worry and financial entanglements; to many, it means freedom from illness, pain, and erroneous habits; while to others, it means release from prison houses of grief, fear, unhappiness, and uncertainty of the future.
The many and varied paths by which men have sought the freedom and peace desired are indicative of unsatisfactory methods pursued and of illusive and disappointing results. Christ Jesus declared without qualification the one true way when he said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." So utterly different from material methods is this means of finding freedom that mankind has generally overlooked it.
Christian Science points uncompromisingly to the teachings of Christ Jesus as the only method of gaining enduring liberation. Our part is to continue in his word and to know the truth; and the truth will make free. As we know the truth regarding God and man, the material seeming is reversed. The reverse of independence being dependence, we see that it is that upon which we depend or lean mentally which determines our independence from, or bondage to, material sense and its limitations, fears, and pains. The only real independence is found in complete dependence upon God, good. To depend only on God, men must have a right understanding of Him, His nature and character. To the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science mankind owes endless gratitude and love for her definition of God, given on page 465 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
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After the Storm
LOUISE KNIGHT WHEATLEY COOK
No Compromise with Matter
ROBERT DICKINSON NORTON
FRANCES LESLIE HARRIS
Independence and Dependence
GRAHAM CAMERON LYTLE
ALICE DAVIS SHELMIRE
Autosuggestion relies on the operation of the human...
The Hon. C. Augustus Norwood, Committee on Publication for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts,
In a recent issue of your paper there are quotations from...
Mrs. Isabel Hillier, Committee on Publication for Cape Province, South Africa,
In a recent issue of the Morning News, a doctor, in...
Merrill M. Hutchinson, Committee on Publication for the State of Georgia,
I have read with much interest and appreciation the...
B. Tatham Woodhead, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
Our Heritage of Good
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Faye Hanford
I became interested in Christian Science while searching...
Edward F. Schuerer
For several years I had suffered with indigestion and...
Sylph Yarnton Mills
With a grateful heart I shall now endeavor to fulfill a...
Mary E. Topping
As I am one of the many thousands who have been...
Harry M. Childs with contributions from Elma G. Childs
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his...
I am most grateful for what Christian Science has done...
Maude Goodwin Jokerst
NORA L. BROWN
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Walter Murdoch, John McDowell