"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.

The perfect idealism of Christian Science appeals to those who, above all things, desire to know God. Men who have longed for spiritual beauty, and those who have grown utterly weary of the gospel of suffering, turn to Christian Science with rejoicing. And they find therein peace and health; they learn to know God as Love and man as His offspring. And sometimes they think that now the conflict will be forever over and continual victories assured. And indeed this might be so if between them and the spiritual ultimate there were not many lessons to be learned, tasks to be undertaken, until mortality is put off and the individual is wholly redeemed.

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From the Directors
April 4, 1942

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