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Original in French

From the June 1961 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The words of Christ Jesus (John 14: 12), "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," imply that the power of God conferred on man is without limit. One needs only to comply with the conditions determining this power in order to demonstrate it. Present day discoveries in the various branches of physical science are habituating us to marvels through their continually extended material power which may prevent astonishment on our part at this assertion by the Master.

The drive for the manifestation of infinite power is inherent in humanity. but how many in their search for power observer the conditions of success outlined by Jesus? If some have ignored them, many certainly have treated them seriously, but they have done so in accordance with tradition and human methods. Often the conclusion has drawn that the force of human will may be useful, even essential, for without it we should remain weak and without hope of success in the struggle for existence. But this doctrine presupposes competition, teaches conquest by subjugation, the imposition of force and tyranny, and tends to make us forget the fundamental laws which are the outcome of God, divine Love: the energies of joy, confidence, peace.

The Bible holds self-will in ill-esteem. And Mrs. Eddy writes on page 144 of Science and Health: "Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned." Farther on she adds: "Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being."

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