"The spiritual ultimate"

Not in what they say, not even in what they know of Truth can the value of men's lives be assessed, but in what they spiritually put into practice, alertly and consistently. There is no quality of good which they cannot depend upon; there is no phase of evil they may not be called upon to refute with the intelligence which sees its nothingness and the vigor which denounces and dispels it. "Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 485 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

It requires courage and sincerity, fidelity and resolution, to seek undeviatingly the spiritual ultimate. It demands that no refuge be taken in the hypocrisy of affirmation without demonstration, in preaching without practice, in subtleties of self-deception which would ignore rather than handle the problems confronting the human race. The Christian Scientist is not an alarmist; neither is he an escapist. He knows evil to be unreal, but he also knows that he is called upon to prove this for himself and for the world.

From the Directors
April 4, 1942

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