Some people who know little about Christian Science think that the Scientist is an escapist. Of course, this is not true. The world generally means by that term one who seeks escape from the problems of his everyday experience either through purely imaginative activity or through entertainment; in other words, someone who is unable or unwilling to face up to his problems and solve them. Placing a Christian Scientist in this category is a mistake. The followers of this religion do not seek to evade any problem or responsibility, nor does Science grant them the slightest leeway for so doing.

Through divine reason, revelation, and demonstration, Mary Baker Eddy elucidates the one and only scientific escape from every ill "that flesh is heir to." This escape is no route for those who would run away from or gloss over their problems. It is for those who face up to their problems and press forward in solving them. The process of escape is spiritually mental and not at all imaginary. It begins with the Biblical instruction (Ps. 46:10), "Be still, and know that I am God." Be still and refuse to deify evil in any form—refuse to give it identity as person, place, or thing.

Sometimes the would-be escapist from inharmony has to learn to stand still, physically as well as mentally, in the midst of turmoil in order to proceed to know that God is indeed ever present and that evil is never present, as the Bible teaches. It requires self-discipline and courage thus to be still and to face the foe with calm trust in God's omnipotence. As every Christian Scientist knows, it requires continued self-discipline and courage to follow the scientific route of escape which Christ Jesus pioneered for all mankind.

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