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PROSPERITY

From the September 1932 issue of The Christian Science Journal


IT is a common belief that there is both a dark and a bright side to every circumstance. One is even tempted at times to believe that the dark side is the one most in evidence. However, Christian Science reveals the fact that only the bright side, or right side, is real. This is because Christian Science accepts as absolute and final the statement in Genesis which by its perfect positiveness denies the existence of evil: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. . . . Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." Christian Scientists have acquired some ability to align their thinking with this fundamental truth, and to prove, in a measure, the ever-presence of good. For this reason they frequently proclaim the presence of good when others about them see only evil conditions.

One sign of present prosperity is that the necessities and comforts of human life are today more abundant and more easily procurable than ever before in history. Christian Scientists express their gratitude for this general abundance in the only practical and helpful way, namely, by accepting as much as their resources permit of what is now profusely offered. In so doing, they bless others and themselves. An outstanding example of this is the building at this time of the new edifice which will soon house The Christian Science Publishing Society, in Boston, Massachusetts. It is safe to say that if gratitude for the opportunities of the present were to outweigh fear in the thinking of all people, as it does in the thinking of those who initiated this enterprise, depression would disappear from the world forthwith.

Another sign of prosperity is that the things which the world uses every day are now produced and distributed with greater facility than ever before, progress in this line alone having lifted millions of men, women, and children into lives that have a higher content than a ceaseless round of unhappy labor. Christian Scientists are grateful that as this progress in production has given freedom to millions, so likewise must the profits of this progress come to bless more and more people because of our improving economic system, which with every passing year is being brought into closer conformity with the Golden Rule. One may rightly hope that the time is not far distant when mankind will practice that preaching found in Ecclesiastes, "The profit of the earth is for all."

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