Helping others

From the beginning of time, people have been trying to figure out how to relate to one another. "Am I my brother's keeper?" Gen. 4:9. they keep asking. In other words, What is my duty to my fellowman and to mankind as a whole? How can I, like the good Samaritan, help someone in practical ways without infringing on his freedom or mine?

Christian Science, through the teachings of the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy, has aided many in their daily contacts. For example, Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible." Science and Health, p. 514. The fact that all of God's creations are useful is the spiritual rationale for our loving and helping our brother, our neighbor, our enemy—for doing good to one and all. Such help expresses, in some measure, God's care of man, made in His image and likeness. It constitutes true Christian living, whereby "we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." II Cor. 1:4.

What shall we do?
January 14, 1985

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