Changing One's Environment

Many problems in today's world are believed to stem from the individual's conflict with the environment in which he lives, often the environment into which he was born. He is accustomed to think that there can exist around him obstacles that block his progress, conditions that work against his health, persons and circumstances that make happiness and right activity difficult if not impossible. The resentment and rebellion he feels may take such forms as sickness, poverty, unprincipled behavior, or apathetic acceptance of the undesirable conditions.

To one struggling against unfavorable surroundings of any sort, even those that appear to him to be hopeless, Christian Science brings joyful assurance. It declares that he is not a helpless victim of a material environment, no matter how threatening it may seem or how long it has been his experience. He is in reality the man of God's creating.

Christian Science reveals that the real man does not live at all in a material environment with its limits, influences, and controls. He lives in a spiritual realm, which God's unchanging, all-loving, spiritual law controls and governs. The Apostle Paul described the spiritual realm in which man lives, saying, as we read in Acts, that God is "not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring." Acts 17:27, 28;

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The Fires of Purification
January 27, 1968

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