A Young attorney found himself pondering an aspect of courtroom procedure in connection with his study of Christian Science. He noted that after the presentation of evidence in behalf of a client, the attorney customarily states that he rests his case. A verdict is then awaited.
As the Scientist compared the giving of a Christian Science treatment to this procedure, he perceived an interesting lesson although he soon recognized a vast difference between the two approaches. First, he realized that even after expert presentation of facts in a legal case, there often remain certain doubts concerning the result. Regardless of the falsity of the accusations brought against the client, the resting of the attorney's case is often accompanied by trepidation and uncertainty regarding the ground covered and the verdict that will be given. He knows that human opinion, human emotions, and limited human standards of justice are involved in his case.
Christian Science prayer, however, is always positive. The Scientist knows that when his prayer is based on the spiritual understanding of God and His law the result evidenced must be in accord with His purpose. The Scientist has learned certain absolute truths of God and man, and he finds authority for these truths in the Bible. He maintains the truth that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and that man is God's image and likeness. He affirms that this image and likeness can express and evidence only the qualities of his Maker, such as harmony, wholeness, abundance, and joy.