When the children of Israel fled out of Egypt, they were pursued by Pharaoh with chariots and horsemen. Then they turned on Moses and told him that it would have been better to return to slavery rather than to perish in the wilderness. But it is recorded that the patriarch received this command from God (Ex. 14:15): "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." Then Moses stretched out his hand over the Red Sea, and it parted; and the people walked across on dry ground and were saved from their enemies.

Today mankind is confronted with a wilderness of confusion and doubt. Like the Israelites of old, men are threatened by evils which would engulf and enslave them, yet they must go forward. Christian Scientists are greatly aided in this necessary progress by advancing in their own understanding and demonstration of Christian Science. Their work is to know and prove that "the Lord he is God;there is none else beside him" (Deut. 4:35).

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 233), "Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power." And in the next paragraph she adds, "How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of scientific being, no man knoweth,—not even 'the Son but the Father;' but the false claim of error continues its delusions until the goal of goodness is assiduously, earned and won."

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