"Painless progress"

[ Written Especially for Young People]

IN her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, declares (p. 224), "There should be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of discord and death."

It is a right and natural thing to progress, because it is the fulfilling of God's law. It is also inevitable that we must progress, because progress is a law of God. However, this law does not make provision for suffering of any kind. God's law is a law of Love, and Love does not include suffering. Therefore His law is, in reality, a law of denial and destruction to suffering. Yet there are times in world affairs and in human experience when progress seems to be made under much stress and strain. Today, nationally and internationally, we are conscious of a great upheaval, and quite generally it is declared that through this distressing process a purification of mankind and of the nations is sure to be the outcome.

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