Surmounting Trials

"Trials are proofs of God's care." This statement from page 66 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" has caused many to wonder what its author, Mary Baker Eddy, meant by such a declaration. Indeed, many students of Christian Science have gone on, perhaps for some time, half doubting, half believing it, knowing that it must be true, yet unable to grasp its meaning until, in the light of a better understanding, its full significance came clearly to them.

Surely God knows nothing of our trials and tribulations; for does not Christian Science teach the unreality of evil? Habakkuk declares of God, "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." Whence and why, then, all the seeming sickness, sin, and discord?

When, as school children, we began the study of arithmetic, we were given many problems to solve in order that we might demonstrate the truths we were being taught. Likewise our progress in the understanding of Christian Science may be measured by our ability to use the divine truths set forth in our textbook. But unless we are called upon to use our understanding in solving problems, we cannot know whether we shall stand or fall when put to the test.

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