Christian Science and Education

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

The process of gaining a formal education is a worth-while activity. And Christian Science has helped many young people in college to get more out of their school-work and to find it more useful and interesting. These young men and women have found that they eagerly look forward to getting beneath the surface of the subjects they are taking, in order to discern what is most significant in human knowledge.

When our motive in doing well in academic subjects is to prove practical the teachings of Christian Science concerning God and man, we find the acquiring of whatever human knowledge is necessary to our human progress a joyous undertaking. Many a young Christian Scientist in a university has found his religion to be a practical help in mastering what are called difficult subjects, in taking his part in worth-while campus activities, in dispensing with worthless pursuits, and in broadening his outlook. He has had new interests in life awakened as a result of his efforts to apply the teachings of Christian Science to everyday problems.

We know that the Master's injunction (Matt. 6:33), "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness," is an imperative demand upon each student of Christian Science, and is the antithesis of the human urge to seek after material possessions, pleasures, persons, places, or things. We learn that this command implies an earnest and prayerful search for the scientific knowledge of reality and spiritual harmony. This knowledge or understanding of reality is the goal of spiritual education. Accompanying the student's growing consciousness of the kingdom of God, good, which Jesus said is within us, is the realization that all human needs, such as knowledge and ability, are divinely supplied.

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"Open thou mine eyes"
April 20, 1946

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