[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the week of May 15-21 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You," heard internationally over more than 850 stations. This is one of the weekly programs prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 111 - An Answer to Problems of Environment

INTERVIEWER: In his book, "The Future of Unbelief." Gerhard Szezesny wrote: "The majority of people are a product of their environment. But where modern man differs in essence from earlier generations is in his feeling of being expressly dependent on external circumstance. He knows himself to be environmentally bound." (Copyright, 1961, by George Braziller, Inc., New York, N. Y.) Do you think this is necessarily true?

SPEAKER: No, I do not think man is environmentally bound. There are inspiring accounts throughout the Bible of those who faced unfavorable environments and won great victories. Take Joseph, for example. His experience illustrates that the individual can master his physical environment through prayer and spiritual power. When Joseph was only seventeen he was sold into slavery, taken down into Egypt, and later thrown into prison on a false charge. He seemed to be the innocent victim of circumstances over which he had no control, and yet he did not allow himself to become resentful or embittered or boxed in by these problems. He was steadfast in relying on God, and through God's support he found his freedom. He was freed from prison, and he rose to become a ruler in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh.

INTERVIEWER: But what about the day in which we live? What about someone who doesn't know the meaning of love?

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