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    Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained 24stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after Blessings from painheavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss 27of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is 30spiritual.

    The pains of sense are salutary, if they wrench away false pleasurable beliefs and transplant the affections 266 266:1from sense to Soul, where the creations of God are good, Decapitation of error“rejoicing the heart.” Such is the sword of 3Science, with which Truth decapitates error, materiality giving place to man’s higher individuality and destiny.

6    Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be Uses of adversitysolitary, left without sympathy; but this 9seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will 12force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for “man’s extremity 15is God’s opportunity.” The author has experienced the foregoing prophecy and its blessings. Thus He teaches mortals to lay down their fleshliness and gain spirituality. 18This is done through self-abnegation. Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science.

    The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the 21saint his own heaven by doing right. The opposite persecutions of material sense, aiding evil with evil, would deceive the very elect.

24    Mortals must follow Jesus’ sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh. Perfect and infinite Beatific presenceMind enthroned is heaven. The evil beliefs 27which originate in mortals are hell. Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light. Man is deathless, spiritual. He 30is above sin or frailty. He does not cross the barriers of time into the vast forever of Life, but he coexists with God and the universe.

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