Long ago a Christian Science practitioner responded in these words to my complaint over having to struggle with a difficulty: "Well, dear, you've enlisted. Now fight!" Over many years I have learned how valid that admonition was.
The teachings of Christian Science—that evil is unreal, and that God, good, and His ever-harmonious creation alone are real and present—do not imply that we should expect a smooth, effortless, petal-strewn path in our human experience.
Truly, good alone is real and ever present. But this fact has to be proved, as the Master, Christ Jesus, showed. This proving, step by step, of the everlasting fact that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matt. 10:7 can well be characterized as Christian warfare, and Mrs. Eddy didn't shrink from using such terms as battle, struggle, strife, and conflict when referring to the work that lies before every seeker of Truth.
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