"The aspiration after heavenly...

"The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love." This statement from page 265 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, depicts my state of thought when Christian Science first came to my attention. The inability of orthodox Christian doctrines to cope logically with fundamental questions had caused me to explore many other avenues of human thought, only to become in the end militantly agnostic. Although I suffered intermittently from a serious and increasingly distressing form of neuritis, it was not the expectation of physical healing which quickened my initial interest in Christian Science, my introduction to which came by way of a Wednesday testimony meeting.

Notwithstanding the fact that my girlhood and young womanhood had been actively associated with the study of the Bible, I saw a new meaning in the selection from the eighth chapter of Romans, read that evening. It was that there is no condemnation for that state of thought which is "in Christ Jesus" (v. 1), because from such a premise one walks not after fleshly concepts but according to spiritual values.

His Holy Purpose
December 1, 1945

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