THE clear logic of Christian Science is seen at the moment human thought surrenders its viewpoint to the divine. This was experienced by a young man whose world seemed to be falling around him. Burdened with grief and ill health, he began to read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. He had heard of Christian Science before but had been too preoccupied with intellectual study to go beyond a critical discussion of it. Now, however, with a sense of his utter inability to cope with events, he accepted the textbook from a friend and read the first chapter, entitled "Prayer."
Accustomed to studying difficult theories and their reasonings, this young man was impressed by the simplicity and the clear logic of what he was reading. On page 2 Mrs. Eddy says, "Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it." And a few lines farther on, she says, "Do we expect to change perfection?" Then on the next page, we read: "How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind." He continued to read; and each time the book was taken up, it added to his dawning realization that God is Love, that God is Truth, that God is All-in-all, and that nothing unlike Him can be real.
His mental attitude underwent a fundamental change, and with it came an astonishing change in his affairs. Sickness and heavy grief disappeared, so that relatives and friends had their deep sympathies healed by the one for whom they were feeling sorry. At this time also he suddenly found that he could no longer smoke or share in social drinking. After years of believing that smoking assisted his concentration during study, the habit completely disappeared. Very soon joy and completeness were restored to the depleted home.
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