Christian Science: Its Principle and Rule in Business

Originally published in the 1917 pamphlet titled Christian Science: Its Principle and Rule in Business

I DEEM it a special privilege to speak to an audience composed largely of business men and women, upon the subject of Christian Science, because Christian Science is the most practical thing that has ever been given to the world. For this reason it is much more likely to be understood by practical men and women, and so far as in me lies I desire to state something of its Principle and rule in such simple manner that those who have honored us with their presence here today may not have come in vain.

Perhaps it might not be out of place to say preliminarily that this Science of Christianity is not tainted with any selfishness. If one would demonstrate it, he must see that it has not come for the purpose of satisfying mere human desires along material lines. No person could achieve any selfish ends by employing Christian Science. All the good that it has in store for any individual: it has equally in store for every individual. It blesses one merely because that one may have perceived the fact that it blesses all. Indeed, only in the measure that this is seen and expressed will one be able to gain any benefit from the teachings of Christian Science. Consequently, in the business affairs of the world it begins a revolution and carries it on until business men and women who perceive what this Science means, and who know that by maintaining its Principle and rule they can gain peace and happiness, find that their business also is more successful than when they carried it on in a more material way.

It is generally admitted by thinking people that some power created the universe. That power is so far beyond human imagination or conception that all men admit its infinity and are equally willing to admit its eternality. No person ever entertained thoughts of God without also striving at least to use some terms that would express the immaculate nature of Deity. It seems, therefore, that we might here admit, without further argument, that we can all agree upon the perfection of God. Agreeing upon that, it seems to me we ought not to have much difficulty in seeing that it is the intention of the creator of the universe to have everything conform to the divine nature. I take it that however prejudiced one may be in his views of religion or life, he could hardly deny these statements concerning God.

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