The Mother Church, Its Significance and Purpose

Humanity's urge to experience security, peace, and happiness could not persistently prevail unless goodness, oneness of life, and completeness constitute the reality of existence. This right impulse defies the material sense of existence which, in its restrictive and destructive tendencies, so opposes the desire for human betterment. The optimism implied in this desire finds its source and substance in the fact that God is infinitely and entirely good. Were this not so, the expectancy of good would be futile and foolish, because baseless.

In no respect was greater understanding of reality shown by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, than in discerning the all-goodness of God as the loving Father-Mother, or divine Principle, of existence. She was consistent, and with inspiration proclaimed the consequent unreality of every phase of limitation and evil.

For many centuries there have been those who have been aware of the divine reality, designated in the Scriptures "the holy city." The prophets of old had visions of this city; Isaiah called its walls "Salvation," and its gates he named '"Praise." Christ Jesus spoke of it as "the kingdom of God ... within you." Mrs. Eddy has presented humanity with a scientific system whereby actually to experience this new Jerusalem, or divine consciousness, here and now.

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"Grace for to-day"
June 29, 1946

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