We Can Live Together Harmoniously

From whatever angle one may view it, the word "harmony" has only the most pleasant connotations. Its Greek source, áoµóς, meaning a fitting, or joining, harmony at once implies concord, felicitous relationships, or, as Webster says, "the just adaptation of parts to each other in any system or combination of things." It is interesting to note that an unabridged concordance of the Bible fails to reveal a single text in which the word "harmony" appears; and yet the words translated as "peace" and "blessedness" certainly show forth the happy implications of the English word. Do not the Beatitudes, set forth by Christ Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount, present the fundamental rules for harmonious living?

So vital to an understanding and demonstration of Christian Science is a comprehension of harmony that Mary Baker Eddy uses the words "harmony," "harmonies." and "harmonious" three hundred and sixty-nine times in her published works. A most profitable and delightful activity for the student of Christian Science is to take the Concordances to Mrs. Eddy's writings and read and ponder the healing, uplifting statements one finds under these headings. In fact, the student should come to the conclusion speedily that without some measure of understanding of harmony, one cannot touch the hem of the garment of the Science of Christianity. In her book "Rudimental Divine Science" (p. 1) Mrs. Eddy, answering the question as to how she would define Christian Science, writes, "As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony."

Is a reader of these lines a newcomer to Christian Science? May we say to him or her, Lose no time in making the acquaintance of the books of Mary Baker Eddy! This spiritually-minded follower of Christ Jesus is showing mankind how to bring the kingdom of heaven, harmony, into human experience; how to think harmoniously, act harmoniously, and at least begin to govern the body harmoniously. She is showing mortals that it is possible for people of diverse cultures, races, and colors to live and work in harmony and amity. What message, therefore, can be more important to the sons of men when concord appears to be on vacation in most parts of the earth?

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