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"I can resist everything except temptation." Oscar Wilde's epigram is more witty than wise.
To be tempted, though, is not an unusual event in human living. Temptation is defused in Christian Science on the radical, absolute basis that man is God's idea. God is not an enticer, man is never enticed. God is forever All. Evil is always a zero. Science doesn't toy with evil but shows us how to think the thoughts and live the lives that steadily disarm its claims.
Broadly speaking, evil does two things: it threatens us, and it extends appealing promises to us. We believe its menaces when we are tempted to be sick. We are falling for its promises when we do wrong for some kind of personal advantage or selfish indulgence. Evil claims to be interesting, even fascinating; but to spiritual sense, it is good that is compelling. Divine Truth, admitted, spiritualizes thought. And, like a bee finding a honeypot irresistible, thought that is spiritualizing is in turn drawn to Truth. Unspiritual thought is drawn to evil.
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The one way is to do
MARIE ANTOINETTE COWING
An interview: with an optical physicist
with contributions from John Geake
Divine comfort is at hand
Counteracting subliminal and conscious suggestion
DEANNA J. ELSOM
The sergeant and the captain
DAVID M. WILSON
Insist on relevant inspiration
VIDA MC DERMOTT
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
What Miriam can teach us
NATHAN A. TALBOT
One morning I suddenly felt ill
OMAR ERRECARTT with contributions from IRENE FALCO DE ERRECARTT
Mrs. Eddy tells us (Science and Health, p. 421), "When the supposed...
GRACE MARGUERITE TERNANDT
I have been attending Christian Science Sunday School for...
CATHLEEN PROWSE with contributions from DIANE H. PROWSE
Eight years ago a sore developed on my face. Gradually it worsened...
HEATHER O. M. BIRNBAUM with contributions from HEINZ R. BIRNBAUM
During high school I felt many pressures from family and...
JANET WILLOUGHBY HILTON
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
with contributions from ARTHUR R. DAVIES, ROBERT A. JOHNSON