[Written Especially for Young People]

On pages 28 and 29 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy presents a challenge to every Christian Scientist, and at the same time offers a vital, character-building, profit-giving purpose. She says: "There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage. Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing."

Quite naturally all, including young people, are desirous of possessing the important virtue of courage. This being true, it is helpful to read the recorded history of some who have possessed it. Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and others attained it to such a degree that the ages have honored them. We see the reason when we realize that each of these possessed moral courage to do right in the face of temptation, opposition, censure, and even persecution.

No young people ever had a greater need for moral courage than those of today. Many advertisements, newspapers, magazines, picture shows, and radio programs have so much to tell about material attractions that unless one is constantly wakeful and watchful one is deceived into believing that debasing errors are excusable and even conducive to greater development; while to false, material sense the inherent desire to be pure and true and upright may seem prudish, old-fashioned, and even humiliating. However, just the reverse is true. Even though evil is highly advertised, virtue is nevertheless honored and integrity esteemed in the world today. Error would not feel the need to advertise itself so zealously did it not feel the powerfully staying hand of high idealism. For the young people of today, as well as for all his followers in all times, the prayer of Christ Jesus holds good: "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil."

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