Problems Considered as Challenges

Every problem denotes a challenge. To the student of Christian Science the challenge is always to our present understanding of this Science and demands that our understanding be enlarged to compass the solution. "Resist not evil," Matt. 5:39; said Jesus. Let us grasp the tenor of this admonition. Surely he did not mean that we should submit to evil. What then?

In the Lord's Prayer we read, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." 6:13; From this, can we not conclude that we are to resist the temptation to believe that evil is real or God-sent? We need to resist the belief that understanding can be limited; refuse to believe that any condition is too hard for God to heal; reject the temptation to believe the difficulty inevitable. Jesus proved evil unreal. He is our Way-shower.

To the limited senses there is always a problem, because material sense accepts limitations. When spiritual sense gains ground in our consciousness, a problem becomes a challenge. Our first step then is to resist and reject the seeming reality of sense testimony. Spiritual sense does the rejecting because it is based on Spirit, God, good. Then spiritual understanding takes over and brings basic ideas to light, which work to nullify sense testimony. Christ Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24;

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