"As a little child"

A CHILDLIKE attitude of humility has great value. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 236), "Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right." However, the true innocence and teachableness which Jesus loved are possible of attainment by each and all, through an understanding of the truth as revealed in Christian Science.

Mrs. Eddy further states (ibid., pp. 323, 324): "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, —this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony." A willingness to accept the truth in spite of the fact that to the material senses error seems to be a stubborn reality, is a prerequisite to gaining the "advanced idea" by which we are freed from bondage.

In view of the accumulation of false educated beliefs, based upon the seeming reality of material existence, the attainment of innocency and purity of thought may seem to the adult a remote or impossible achievement. We find, however, these joyous words written by Mrs. Eddy (ibid., pp. 288, 289): "The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light."

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Mastering Decisions
July 15, 1939

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