Faith, Understanding, Love

For centuries mankind has sought in matter for a panacea for all the ills of the flesh. It has sought in vain because the remedy for human ills is not to be found in matter. Announcement of the finding of a new remedy for some so-called incurable disease has brought both hope and despair to sufferers—hope that at last a cure has been found, and despair when the new remedy has not brought the desired freedom. To such suffering ones the first sentence in the first chapter of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, brings joy, gratitude, and healing. This sentence reads (p. 1), "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." In this short sentence we find the threefold conditions which must be expressed in healing prayer—absolute faith, spiritual understanding, and unselfed love.

Upon reading the Christian Science textbook for the first time one may ask, "How can I gain that absolute faith, spiritual understanding, and unselfed love so necessary if I am to have my freedom?" It may be answered that these are acquired as one's consciousness becomes receptive to the spiritual ideas which unfold as one reads and studies the Bible with the aid of the Christian Science textbook.

The Dawn of a New World
July 19, 1941

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