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Purifying the Affections

From the October 1967 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Everyone is entitled to continuing growth in every avenue of his life. Not only can his health be better, if that is the need, but he can have a greater feeling of security, problems regarding his work can be solved, and his whole attitude toward others can be enlightened.

How, one may ask, can all this come about? The picture that the material senses present is of man as limited and vulnerable; and if one is content to let his thinking be based on matter and its attendant beliefs of birth, maturity, decay, and disease, his joys will be fleeting and his experiences frustrating indeed. It is only through the sincere study of Christian Science that one sees through this maze to the unreality of all matter. And as one accepts each day's challenges to progress in the study of the Science of Life, he finds himself growing in his ability to practice this Science. He finds the unfolding realization of the infinite nature of man made in the likeness of Spirit, God.

As a Christian Scientist works in this way, he proves that mortal mind, or matter, can make no conditions for him. While what is good in one's human life points to, or hints at, something that is divinely true, one need not be satisfied with only a hint, for whatever is divinely true can be humanly demonstrated. It requires only that the human senses be silenced so that the truth can appear in consciousness.

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