Continuity of Life

MORTAL mind asserts that human life follows a cycle which includes childhood, youth, maturity, age; and it attaches to each of these periods specific limitations and discords. The child is subjected to the general mortal beliefs and theories pertaining to this early stage of human growth, and may be specifically influenced by the acceptance of these beliefs in the thoughts of his elders. Throughout the formative period of childhood there may also appear supposedly inherited traits, as well as personal characteristics. Christian Science, revealing the continuity of life which reflects God, Life, is teaching parents how to free themselves and their children from general material beliefs, and from personal fears, and to know that all children may develop harmoniously under the government of divine Mind.

It is of the utmost importance, and far-reaching in its beneficial effects, that children be taught the pure fundamental truths of Christian Science, and impressed with the necessity of applying them in daily practice. As provided by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, children, and young people up to the age of twenty, may receive training suited to their particular need in the Christian Science Sunday School. It is not enough, however, that their training be left to the one hour a week in the Sunday school. These young students need to see the truths of Christian Science constantly exemplified in the home. They, and their elders, will then have confidence in what they see consistently and successfully applied in daily living.

What the children learn and practice leaves a lasting impression on their character. The instilling into their thoughts of the facts about perfect God and perfect man, together with their own application of these truths to their human needs, will help to establish the substance of Truth in the thinking of those who will be the next to take up the responsibility of the world's work, and of our church work. The child should be taught to grow strong and wise; to gain judgment and grace and the beautiful and true qualities of Mind. It is recorded of the child Jesus that he "grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom," and later of the youthful Jesus that he "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."

Divine Order
March 18, 1939

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