The simplicity of truth

Originally published in the May 6, 1909 issue of The Christian Science Monitor

Since the dawn of history mortals have sought to unveil the mystery of their existence and to gain dominion over their environment. The belief has been instilled into the human consciousness that mankind is at the mercy of many powers, all seeking to bring upon him bodily harm and suffering or even to accomplish his total destruction.

The search for a means of relief from this disheartening condition has been, almost without exception, along material lines and through theories and systems the development of which has followed the false belief that matter holds within itself power and intelligence to cause or cure the ills and discords of the flesh. These material views have necessarily led inquiry and investigation only into paths of worldly wisdom, and the conclusion has been reached that deliverance must come, if at all, through the material so-called sciences. Spiritual help from God, “the Giver of every good and perfect gift,” has usually been considered as only a last resort and as by no means an unfailing help. The very simplicity of the teachings of Jesus and the prophets has offended “the children of this world.”

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