Why Should I Not Smoke?

Have you ever asked this question, you who are taking your first steps in the newly discovered world of spiritual understanding, or you who may have been reading Christian Science literature for some time and still cling to your tobacco? Some men, and, sad to state, some women, take umbrage at Mrs. Eddy's meaningful statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 454), "It need not be added that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony with Christian Science." Say the objectors, Are there not more important demonstrations to be made, more serious errors to be overcome? Should not the mastering of hate and self-will, of unlovely dispositions, and a thousand other shortcomings, first engage our attention?

Our dear Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, verily endowed with wisdom from on high, answers these questions with a logic that cannot be gainsaid. Speaking of the stupendous task of meeting and overcoming the errors of mortal belief, culminating in death, she writes, "We must begin, however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and." she adds appositely, "the sooner we begin the better" (ibid., p. 429). Rarely does one expect a child to walk before he has crept, to face up to fractions before a preliminary wrestle with addition and subtraction.

What We Possess
September 4, 1943

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