The Right Concept

Principle is variously defined as "That from which anything proceeds: a source or origin. An original cause: an operative cause: a fundamental truth or tenet: a comprehensive law or doctrine from which others are derived, or on which others are founded." (American Encyclopedic Dictionary.)

Mrs. Eddy, in Science and Health (p. 465), gives a clear, comprehensive definition of Principle, a definition which bases all her deductions as to being and its laws. From this we learn that Principle and all its manifestations are of necessity harmonious. It is surely reasonable to believe that God, infinite Principle, expresses the law of His own perfect nature in all His work, and that His work must therefore he infinitely good, as declared in the Bible, "And God saw even thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."

Remembering that infinite perfection and omniscience must express the law of His being, we are compelled to acknowledge that man must be perfect and good because made in His image and likeness and continually upheld and sustained by changeless Principle, and that the Principle, origin, and operative cause of man and the universe must remain perfect throughout eternity, though the misconception thereof has darkened all human history. This misconception has been set aside only a few times, as with Moses, Elijah, the prophets, in varying clearness, up to Jesus' perfect comprehension, and the present scientific understanding of the truth about God and man, discovered by Mrs. Eddy.

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