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The Race Set Before Us
[Written Especially for Young People]
The young man or woman seeking an education naturally desires to excel in his or her studies in order to attain the goal of graduation and a degree. The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews gave men a rule for obtaining true success in their human experience. He wrote, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."
The author of this epistle, in choosing his metaphor, had obviously been influenced by the Greek and Roman games. The Christian life, which he urged upon those Hebrews to whom he wrote, was likened to a foot race in the arena. We may liken the great "cloud of witnesses" to the spectators in the tiers of seats in the amphitheater. The runners, who laid aside "every weight," threw off their superfluous garments and whatever else might impede the free motion of their limbs. The word "patience" has been variously translated as "determination" or "endurance"; and Jesus himself is the foremost example of patient endurance.
As students of Christian Science, we early learn to consult God before embarking on any undertaking. The spiritual understanding gained from our study of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, enables us to apply to each problem the correct rules for its solution. We affirm understandingly that God governs and controls the universe, and is unaffected by any of the claims of evil, and that man is His image and likeness.
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CAROLINE LAWRENCE DIER
JOHN L. MOTHERSHEAD
The Indestructibility of Spirit
DOROTHY EILEEN HEYWOOD-DOVE
ALFRED MARSHALL VAUGHN
"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord"
GENEVA MARY CLIPPINGER
"Who is my neighbour?"
ROBERT J. MITCHELL
The Race Set Before Us
MALCOLM W. BAYLEY
The teaching of Christian Science that sin, disease, and...
Harold Frederick Brookes, Committee on Publication for Hertfordshire, England,
It was reported that Christian Science "ignores the reality...
Corrective remarks made over Station KFEQ, St. Joseph, prepared by E. Howard Hooper, Committee on Publication for Missouri
"Be not afraid"
MABEL CONE BUSHNELL
Holding Thought to the Real
Evelyn F. Heywood
with contributions from Flora May Roewe, Dorothy D. Woolley, Henry B. Washington, Charles H. Pering, Adelaide M. Leibold, Christian P. Tietje, William Edward Davies
Christian Science heals
J. Lingen Wood
For nearly twenty-three years I have depended entirely...
When I compare my present condition to that of the time...
It is with deep gratitude to God for Christian Science that...
R. Helen Linsenmayer
A profound feeling of gratitude impels me to give my...
Lucie Diacon with contributions from Henry Diacon
I wish to express my sincere love and gratitude for the...
Elizabeth Irene Gaillac
Christ Jesus perfectly demonstrated how good operates...
For the inspiration and protection received through the...
Mida L. Mitchell
SYDNEY KING RUSSELL
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Dorothy Thompson, Henry Geerlings, A Correspondent, Cyril Maude