At every moment each individual is responding in some way to some kind of stimulus. Human consciousness is constantly faced with the challenge of yielding either to the impressions of good or to the suggestions of evil. Because of the belief that evil is power, mankind generally regard the outcome of this challenge as subject to chance more than to choice. Moreover, the complexities of modern living ofttimes lead men to believe that if there is a choice, it is difficult to make.

The Bible assures mankind that there is a choice between good and evil; and Christian Science, which is based upon Bible teachings, reveals a definite method by which to apply unerring divine law to the healing of all human ills. This law rules out chance with the certainty of God's supreme control. Christ Jesus, after his forty days of fasting in the wilderness, emphatically rejected the temptations of the devil, or evil, in words ringing with divine authority (Matt. 4:10), "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."

Because Jesus knew that the same God-given dominion was available to all who accepted his teachings, he demanded of every follower the same incisive action in every situation in which evil attempted to dominate. And Mary Baker Eddy clearly proclaims that to respond rightly and wisely to God's demands is not only a possibility but also a rewarding obligation. She writes in "Unity of Good" (p. 60): "Mortals are free moral agents, to choose whom they would serve. If God, then let them serve Him, and He will be unto them All-in-all."

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August 11, 1956

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