Youth and Spiritual Progress

[Written Especially for Young People]

YOUNG students of Christian Science need the spiritual education of active church membership, and the church organization needs the "easy and rapid strides towards Truth" which Mary Baker Eddy describes as characteristic of youth (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 236). When the temptation presents itself to delay joining a Christian Science church, it is often helpful if the hesitant one will ask himself, Whence comes this suggestion?

Does the suggestion present itself, "I am not yet good enough, or experienced enough, to join the church"? We must remember that man, as the reflection of God, manifests divine goodness. Mortals need to realize this, whatever they may have believed heretofore about the states and stages of human goodness. When we become conscious of spiritual reality, false appetites, such as drinking and smoking, which delay spiritual progress, are seen to be worthless.

August 26, 1939

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