In an article entitled "Reformers" Mary Baker Eddy says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 237): "This is a period of doubt, inquiry, speculation, selfishness; of divided interests, marvellous good, and mysterious evil. But sin can only work out its own destruction; and reform does and must push on the growth of manking." Christian Science, the ever-present and ever-active law of God, is pushing back the limiting horizons of human thought and lifting the curtain on the eternal perfection of the vast kingdom of heaven already within us.

The progressive Christian Scientist learns to look beyond the false evidence and illusive horizons of the material senses. He systematically and continuously strives to deny all materiality. He rejects every belief of material limitation—physical and mental. He insists and proves in daily living that he is in reality the God-inspired, God-sustained idea of the eternal One, constantly rising higher and higher in the realm of Spirit. He faithfully follows the instruction which the prophet Isaiah gave to the inhabitants of the earth (54:2, 3), "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited."

How beautifully this instruction is exemplified in the experience of the great patriarch Abraham! He is known as the friend of God. Through his abiding trust in the Almighty, Abraham's footsteps were guided in directions of expanding horizons. At one time the place where he and his nephew Lot lived became crowded because of their rich possessions of flocks and herds. Abraham gave Lot the choice of the land before them, and the younger man chose the rich expanse of Jordan. Then God spoke to Abraham and said (Gen. 13:14, 15), "Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever."

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November 10, 1956

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