Addresses included in Vol IV are:
• “Seeking and Finding” – Address of 1965
Our lives should become richer and our blessings should be increasing. If they are not, we are not progressing as we should. Let us pray that today our thought will be opened to the “calm, strong currents of true spirituality,” so that the “manifestations” of “health, purity and self-immolation” will be apparent to us, and our human experience will be so deepened that the “bald impositions” of “material existence” and “sin, disease and death [will] give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God’s spiritual perfect man” [S&H 99:23-29]. Thus shall we free ourselves from the impositions of the belief of perishable mortality and gain the health and happiness — the heaven — that is ours by divine decree.
In the whole realm of infinity there are no difficulties; so there is no need to contend with what does not in reality exist. Let your thought rise to its source, the one Mind, and maintain your dominion. With your hand in God’s, with confidence in His divine presence and loving care, you will banish fear. We read in Psalms [81:10], “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of Egypt.” That is, the understanding of God has brought us out of a darkened sense of existence. And it continues: “open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” If we turn to God with expectation of fulfillment, we shall be satisfied.
• “Out of Darkness into Light” – Address of 1966
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isa. 9:2).
We read in Science and Health (254:12): “Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.”
We are told (S&H 275:6-9): “The starting point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.”
We, here, can say that we have started on the road of Christian Science and have found that the only standpoint from which to practice Christian Science is that of Spirit, God. To assume the reality of matter and try to do something with it, or to it, ends in failure. “Spirit is All-in-all.” Then it follows that there is no outside of Spirit and therefore man is spiritual. Being spiritual, his substance is the same as God’s substance. He is as invulnerable to the attacks of error as God is and he does not respond to aught but Spirit. Why, then, do we see so much sin and suffering going on in the world? Is it not because the world in general accepts the premise set forth in the second chapter of Genesis and at times we are tempted to do the same?
• “As He Thinketh… So Is He” – Address of 1967
Our thinking determines our being. Whatever may seem to be wrong in the body or in the world can only be changed by right thinking. However it may seem that things are outside of ourselves, they are nevertheless included in our consciousness and it is here that the change must take place. Everything is subjective.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matt. 7:7,8). Do you believe this promise? Jesus also said, “What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health “The Hebrew verb to believe means also to be firm or to be constant. This certainly applies to Truth and Love understood and practiced” (Science and Health 23:32-2).
Divine Facts from God.
It is not only necessary to state divine facts, but one must truly believe them and adhere to them. We must admit that divine facts come from God and being from God they are effective in practice.
In the measure that these facts are admitted, apprehended, and accepted, they manifest God or good to man. To the extent that they are understood, they must inevitably heal disease, save from sin, redeem from vice and all evil habits. In this way, the human being appears more like the divine likeness. To attain a semblance of divinity, one must gain a better understanding of God, for only in this way do we learn to understand ourselves and our fellowman as we really are.
The facts presented in Christian Science are found in the realm of thought and we must accept certain basic propositions if we would demonstrate this Science in our lives.