Throughout human history mortals have persistently engaged in a search for happiness. It would seem that with such unanimity of desire and purpose mankind would long since have achieved its goal, but the fact is clear that the world at large has learned little from the failures of past experience and that its longing for happiness is still unsatisfied. Even now, leaders of thought in what we are wont to call civilized countries are still working to find material remedies for the general depression and discontent which are constantly threatening to break forth in new forms of violence and strife.

With her inspired vision Mary Baker Eddy points the way of salvation in the following statement from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 83): "Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days." While many attempts have, been made to define truth, they go no farther than to consider truth as merely an attribute of God. Christian Science, in accordance with Scriptural teaching, reveals Truth as a synonym for God Himself.

The truth then in which mortals must find refuge is the understanding of the nature and attributes of God and of man in His image and likeness. This understanding of Truth and its creation reveals that mortal existence is a dream of material sense, which is wholly apart from Truth. Indeed, a sense of God as a corporeal person and of man and the universe as material is the foundation of the error from which mortals must escape if they are to attain happiness.

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July 5, 1947

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