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STEADFAST ADHERENCE TO PRINCIPLE

From the February 1942 issue of The Christian Science Journal


On a certain occasion the statement was made to Christ Jesus, "Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house." The Master rebuked the lack of steadfast adherence to the call of Truth by his inspired answer, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

Christian Science, which was discovered and founded by Mary Baker Eddy, illumines the teachings of Christ Jesus. Inspired of God, our Leader revealed the spiritual and practical import of the Saviour's message of salvation from sickness and redemption from sin. In correlative agreement with Jesus' words she writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 21): "If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit."

The primary point in the theology of Christian Science is the forever fact that God is All-in-all, that is, infinite good. The Science of Christianity accepts unequivocally the declaration in the first chapter of Genesis that God, infinite Spirit, created man spiritually in His own image and likeness, as the perfect reflection or expression of Himself. It can, therefore, be scientifically reasoned that the real man, the spiritual idea of God. can have no unspiritual desire or attraction. It is incumbent upon students of Christian Science who have acquired even a meager understanding of the demands of Christ, Truth, to maintain the vision of spiritual reality bright and burnished, so that it may be proved helpful and profitable to themselves and others. Jesus counseled his disciples, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

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