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Why the Struggle?
One of the most difficult things for the mortal self to do is to give itself up. Yet this essential step is a critical one in the process of working out one's salvation. It is symbolized in Jesus' crucifixion, for it was through the crucifixion of the mortal self that Jesus gained the ascension. The human yielded to the divine, and this is the way of resurrection and glorification.
Obviously, we will not all go through a material crucifixion. But we will all go through the process of self-immolation. There is no other way to arrive at the Christ, the true sense of selfhood in the likeness of God. The degree of suffering involved depends upon the tenacity of the mortal sense of self. Sometime and in some way each one must come to the truth that Spirit, divine Mind, is the only Ego, the only source of life and intelligence.
When properly viewed, this process is a joyous release from all that is limited, negative, and material. The mortal self is a particular instance of mortal mind and includes all the beliefs that would encroach on one's freedom, health, and dominion. On the other hand, the Christ as the true selfhood of each individual includes all the qualities of God and reflects the unlimited goodness of divine Love. By all the conclusion of logic it should not be difficult to let go the mortal for the divine. One could well ask, Why the struggle?
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Reliance on Spirit, Not Matter
EDGAR ISAAC NEWGASS
Have We a Reason to Be Happy?
The True Ransom
EDGAR F. WRIGHT
You Have to Keep Right at It
GERTRUDE E. VELGUTH
Grace Soden Haerle
Our Demonstration of True Business
Ordering Our Steps
EDITH THACKWELL YOUNG
Freedom in True Self-consciousness
Alan A. Aylwin
Why the Struggle?
William Milford Correll
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than...
William K. Medlin with contributions from Christine Medlin
I would like to express my gratitude for Christian Science and...
Joan Ross Israel
For many years I have been the recipient of numerous blessings...
John B. Puehn with contributions from Darlene S. Arrington, Vicki A. Turpen, Ted S. Arrington
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 361 - Why Take Prayer Seriously?
Forrest George with contributions from Philip Metcalf
Signs of the Times
Albert V. Danielsen