Christian Science War Relief

In consonance with the Master's loving precept, exemplified in the parable of the good Samaritan, the Christian Science movement has undertaken war relief work. Christian Scientists in many parts of the world are actively participating in it. They know that when doing this work prayerfully, they vividly experience the operation of God's law. It frees from limited concepts, and enhances their capacities. In this manner, human tasks are performed more efficiently, more harmoniously, more lovingly.

In Christian Science, prayer has received a higher meaning, a more stable, scientific basis. Mary Baker Eddy fundamentally recognized that Truth must be fully true now, since it is eternal. The right mental attitude for one accepting this fact is not that of striving to attain some understanding of Truth upon the assumption that one is a human person. It is the scientific discernment that one must spiritually acknowledge that which already truly exists, even that which one already really, or divinely, is.

In this spiritual understanding, one perceives that God, the primal cause, infinite Truth, is the source of all power, all presence, all consciousness. No power, no presence, no consciousness, can be scientifically ascribed to anything appearing as contrary to divine good—by the way of war or any other form of evil. One comes to the startling, but nevertheless inevitable conclusion that war does not truly exist. The only scientific way to classify it is no longer as a reality, but as a false claim. A false claim has but one chance to exercise any influence; that is, by being accepted as existing, either as a reality or as a falsity. Dealing with sickness, Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, declares in "Unity of Good" (p. 54): "To say there is a false claim, called sickness, is to admit all there is of sickness; for it is nothing but a false claim. To be healed, one must lose sight of a false claim."

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Easter Radiance
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