It is generally agreed that we have entered the atomic age. We have arrived there through the law of progress. Two roads lie ahead: the one leads to self-destruction, the other points to illimitable development and dominion over material limitation. We have surely reached the place in human history which Mary Baker Eddy refers to in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 96): "This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace."

One road before us is a blind alley leading to an abyss. The other is a clean, clear highway straight to the kingdom of God. One way is of the devil, or evil; the other is the way of the Christ. The issue is plain; the stage is set for the final act of human history. Which road will be followed? Can we doubt it will be the right one? How can Christian Science help the world to choose quickly and to choose aright?

As one studies the life of the Master, Christ Jesus, one may notice that he was continually confronted with a choice of two ways. His spiritual understanding enabled him invariably to choose correctly. During his forty days of temptation in the wilderness, according to the fourth chapter of Matthew, he was three times tempted to yield to the devil's suggestions, but on each occasion, through adherence to God's Word as found in the Scriptures, he was protected from evil and advanced in his understanding of good. His ordeal in the wilderness was a demand of spiritual progress. Had he not faced the situation squarely with absolute reliance on God, how could he have subsequently saved the sinner or raised the dead?

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March 13, 1954

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