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The simplicity of the Christ

From the April 1979 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Visitors to the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace near London are often impressed by the maze, a labyrinth of passages formed by high, dense shrubbery planted in the seventeenth century. People entering the maze soon find themselves lost, but a uniformed attendant is present to answer calls of distress with the simple direction to place one's right hand on the hedge and follow it all the way. The problem—how involved it seems! The solution—how simple!

Does not the maze typify the complicated problems that confront mankind? Yet the simple solution to every one of these problems is there all the time. It is to align thought with the divine Principle of man and the universe, with divine Love and good, and never deviate. Speaking of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health for our assurance: "It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal."Science and Health, p. 114;

Confusion dissolves before the expression of true consciousness, which recognizes the one divine Mind as its source and Love's infinite circle as its locus. This must have been Paul's experience after his spiritual awakening and transformation. A new and uncomplicated— though not uneventful—mode of living opened for him. He indicates this new way in his admonition to the Romans, "I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil."Rom. 16:19; Also in his warning to the people of Corinth, "I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."II Cor. 11:3;

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