Christian Science, the Christ, or Comforter, never ignores any so-called human problem. The absolute truth is always intelligently applied to the relative condition where human beings seem to be having difficulties. It is the function of the Christ to transform the human experience until every erroneous concept or belief disappears and the reality of being appears as the present and forever fact.

For example, men and women who are in business can, through their study and application of Christian Science, destroy the fears, worries, and discouragements that knock at the door of consciousness. In quiet reflection and affirmative prayer they can realize and maintain the divine facts of their true being—that man is the reflection and expression of intelligence, capability, versatility—indeed, every quality necessary in a successful business activity. These qualities, reflected and maintained, can be put into action and find expression in wise human footsteps. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 253, 254): "The divine demand, 'Be ye therefore perfect,' is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are indispensable. Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can 'run, and not be weary; ... walk, and not faint,' who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement."

Christian Science does not teach that one who is having trouble as a salesman or another who is not succeeding with dictation or stenography can go to a Christian Science practitioner and by treatment be miraculously transformed, the one into a business success or the other into an expert stenographer. What Christian Science does, first of all, is to bring about an adjustment in their thinking. It is thought that has to be changed, and this sometimes may not be accomplished in a moment, particularly where the individual concerned has habitually been thinking failure, fear, lack, or limitation. Real healing appears as a gradual process of spiritual and mental redemption.

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