Our Responsibility as Witnesses

The highest purpose to which anyone can aspire is set forth in Jesus' answer to Pilate's question, "Art thou a king then?" The Master replied, in part (John 18:37), "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth."

The Christian Scientist accepts this as his primary reason for being and daily endeavors to conform to it. He knows that he has enlisted to exemplify the very highest in religion and ethics. He knows also that vast numbers outside the ranks of Christian Science are expecting this of him. And he knows it includes a wide range of responsibilities. It means the taking of a spiritually intelligent attitude towards every major duty and every minor detail of daily life.

Individually, collectively, and universally there is but one way out of all belief in error, namely, spiritual education. The divine nature must overcome the so-called human nature. Stating it another way, spiritual ideas must so replace false beliefs that there will be fewer and fewer and finally none left to be externalized in sin, disease, war, discord of any kind. Comparatively few mortals fail to respond, even though faintly at first, to reflected spiritual Truth. To provide this evidence of God's nature is the paramount and continuous duty of the Scientist.

The Spirit of Gratitude
January 18, 1947

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