Our Duty

As citizens of the world, Christian Scientist must be ready and willing to work for the world. The life and writings of our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, express a deep interest in the welfare of humanity. Since world problems are ours to help solve, we must make the effort to see them and their solution in the light of Truth.

The acute world problem of today is the overcoming of the evil of war. What shall be the attitude of the Christian Scientist in finding the solution of this problem? Avoidance of the consideration of the problem is not the answer. Expressions of hope alone will not improve the situation. Our duty is to pray for the world understandingly and to know that such prayer is effective.

How, then, shall we pray? Jesus' prayers included the affirmation of his oneness with the Father. We, then, must humbly claim our sonship with God. Humility clears from our eyes the mist of prejudice and self-justification and enables us to see ourselves and our brother as in reality pure and upright, reflecting God. Asserting man's likeness to God, we see all His children as expressing Godlike qualities, such as justice, mercy, and loving-kindness, qualities which rule out beliefs in blind force, aggression, and hate. We are helping all mankind when in our own thinking we separate these unlovely qualities from those who seem to be expressing them and cling steadfastly to the certainty of man's oneness with Truth and Love. The real man is intelligent, loving, and satisfied. He knows nothing of hatred, fear, or greed. He is continually conscious of the abundant good which God provides for all His creation.

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