Maintaining Our Position in Science

Christian Scientists
have entered into possession of a priceless heritage—the knowledge of the living and true God, and of man, His son. Although the Christian religion, as they understood it before learning of Christian Science, had aided many of them in gaining an ethical understanding which they could practice for their own good and the good of others, still, the power which this understanding exercised over their lives was comparatively limited. This was because the spiritual significance of the Scriptures, and especially of the New Testament, had not been clearly revealed to them. The revelation came with the understanding of Christian Science.

Christian Science, then, has opened up the Bible to its students, making known to them its rich spiritual treasures. It has shown them that God is Spirit, Truth, Life, and Love; that He is infinite good; that man is His image or reflection—all of which truth is contained in the Bible. Moreover, Christian Science emphasizes the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience of God, and declares that since He is infinite good, what is termed evil is unreal. The First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," came to Moses as a great revelation; and he shared it with the children of Israel, and with mankind generally in all time to come, for their guidance and protection. Christ Jesus emphasized the importance of the First Commandment and the necessity for obedience to it. Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, deduced from it the fact, which today is revolutionizing human thought, namely, that evil has only a supposititious existence—that it is unreal.

Christian Scientists know these things: they understand that God is infinite, that He is perfect, that there is only one real presence—the presence of good; they understand also that evil is unreal. How far are the faithful to their understanding? To what extent are they putting it into practice? It may be easy to acquiesce in the great truth of God's allness; it is not at all difficult to give assent to the logical conclusion that evil is unreal; but are we striving to demonstrate what we know? Christian Scientists must maintain their position in Science if they themselves would benefit to the full, and help others to benefit.

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June 22, 1935

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