"He alone ascends the hill of Christian Science who follows the Way-shower, the spiritual presence and idea of God." In this statement in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 328) Mary Baker Eddy gives us sure direction for progress in Christian Science. The Way-shower, Christ Jesus, has left us many pointing out the way he trod, which we must follow.

In pondering Mrs. Eddy's statement, together with the wealth of advice and wisdom contained in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, a student of Christian Science saw the Beatitudes in a different light than he had ever before seen them in. They now appeared to him as logical steppingstones in the demonstration of absolute Christian Science, which reveals God and man as divinely perfect. This exalted view would be apparent to humanity were it not for mortal ignorance, egotism, stubbornness, and apathy, which seem to obscure the omnipresence of God's glorious creation. The mission of the Christ and Christian Science is to dissipate these clouds of sense with divine Truth and Love and reveal the ever-presence of God and His idea, man—pure, upright, and free.

How shall we start ascending the hill of Christian Science? Mrs. Eddy again points out the way (ibid., p. 354): "Experience shows that humility is the first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love." In the valley of humility is the place to let go of our false sense of self with its burdens of pride, sin, and self-indulgence and accept the blessing of the first beatitude (Matt. 5:3), "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven." In humility we begin to see the spiritual poverty of mortals and catch a glimpse of our true self and the present possibility of the kingdom of heaven on earth, or the reign of divine harmony in human experience.

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