The purity impulse

Historically, society has tried to control unbridled pleasure-seeking by invoking the other primary impelling force of material thinking—fear of pain. Trends of religious thought have aroused terrifying pictures of future suffering to curb what was thought to be man's normal inclination. Christian Science brings to humanity the liberating truth that man is not a material being, motivated by material forces, but a spiritual idea, motivated and governed by God alone.

In subtle ways the belief that man is impelled by material forces would claim to influence the Christian Scientist practicing his religion. It would have him occupied with praying for material things or results and suggest that he be less active spiritually if there is no pain to motivate him.

"After forty days"
August 14, 1978

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