Christian Science—A Religion of Joy

Before I became a Christian Scientist, at moments when I felt quite happy I also had a depressing fear that this present joy would be followed by sorrow or unhappiness. This has always been a common human belief. Plautus, the Latin poet, for example, declares: "It is heaven's will for sorrow to follow joy." Amphitruo, Act II, Scene 2;

Throughout the ages mankind has sought happiness, but has held that real joy can come only in the next life. It is with this belief that martyrs and saints have suffered, borne punishment and pain.

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