Experimenting with Good

Very often among young people experimentation is directed to those areas that are not positive, helpful, and uplifting. It is thought that one must see for himself if tobacco, liquor, and drugs have anything to offer that is adventuresome or new. It is a matter of record how often the experiment turns into dull habit and then into addiction. But one can well satisfy the urge for new experience in directions that are uplifting and inspiring and at the same time helpful both to the individual and to society. Those who do this receive compound interest on their investment of time and effort and are permanently benefited through spiritual growth.

Evil is not new. It is actually the same old story dressed up in a different garb. According to Biblical allegory it started with the serpent tempting Eve. One can trace its history through the Scriptures. It came to Christ Jesus in the temptation to try something new and different by casting himself down from the pinnacle of a temple. In a way, that sounds rather contemporary. But Jesus had something really new—an unfolding sense of the healing Christ. Here is ample room for a different and an exhilarating experiment.

Good, or God, is infinite and therefore always unfolding in new ways of expression. There is unlimited variety in the way the creative Principle manifests itself. The material universe is a human concept of creation and is in the nature of an imitative picture or a counterfeit presentation. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?" Science and Health, p. 264;

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November 16, 1968

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