Christian Science: The Way of Life

[This is the last of four addresses given at the meeting in the Extension of The Mother Church on June 6, 1962.]

Do you ever find yourself standing outside your church on Sunday morning just to watch the children arrive for Sunday School? Little ones, big ones, teen-agers, and college students. Why are they there? One great reason is that in the Christian Science Sunday School they are going to learn how to live. Christian Science is, above all, the way of Life. It teaches the fulfillment of a promise once given by Christ Jesus in Jerusalem. After he had healed the man who was born blind, he said of those who would follow his teaching and example, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

I remember the first time I saw these words shine out. They were in gold lettering on the wall of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, I visited as a young girl. I thought, "If this is the sort of thing they care about in Christian Science, it's what I want." And I wanted abundant life more than anything. So, I think, do most young people.

Why do we long for abundant life? Human consciousness has a great need of something more complete than itself, and therefore it yearns for fulfillment. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 358), "All men shall be satisfied when they 'awake in His likeness,' and they never should be until then." If one's sense of life does not pattern the divine fullness, it is right to be dissatisfied with it.

October 20, 1962

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