It is a well-known fact that many large industries have built, at considerable cost, extensive proving grounds for the thorough testing of their products. For example, newly designed automobiles are driven hundreds of miles at varying speeds over highways so constructed that they subject the machines to every conceivable stress and strain. Thus any flaws in the design and construction of the new models are brought to light and corrected before the cars are placed on the market. The importance of such activity in the successful development and management of an industry is clearly obvious.

But do we as readily recognize that similar testing times are equally indispensable in human experience if we are to understand and prove our heritage as children of God? Concerning this subject, the Apostle Peter writes (I Pet. 4:12, 13), "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."

Through ignorance and false education humanity has accepted as real, often with sad and costly results, countless erroneous conclusions regarding God and His creation. Such ignorance and misinformation must be replaced with the spiritual facts of being, for Mary Baker Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 390), "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony."

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