Soul, Not Liquor, Satisfies

The use of intoxicating liquor is frequently the cover-up for dissatisfaction, inferiority, failure. Often it leads to other forms of depravity.

In discussing the cause of temperance, Mrs. Eddy declares, "Whatever intoxicates a man, stultifies and causes him to degenerate physically and morally." Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 288, 289; Then she continues, "Strong drink is unquestionably an evil, and evil cannot be used temperately: its slightest use is abuse; hence the only temperance is total abstinence. Drunkenness is sensuality let loose, in whatever form it is made manifest."

The belief that intoxicants can satisfy is based upon the notion that one is a mortal with material senses and desires. Christian Science awakens one from his notion of mortal identity by acquainting him with his true selfhood in Spirit instead of in matter. Through Science God is revealed to him as the Soul of man, entirely outside of material sense and finite form. He learns to identify himself with Soul as its reflection and to let Soul be expressed in his real being, which is always satisfied. Hence false appetite is destroyed, not through satisfying matter, or mortal mind, which can never be satisfied, but by acquainting oneself with God.

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May 13, 1967

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