MENTAL WORK

The mental work of the Christian Scientist, like all that he does, needs constant examination and analysis, because of the persistent tendency of mortal mind to drift into error. Unless we watch, the tendency to place weight on our own argument may develop in consciousness a mistaken sense of our own power which disproportions in equal ratio our dependence on God.

The mortal sense of separateness from God is so complete, one's thoughts and acts seem so surely his own, that he may be bewitched into a continued independence which in time brings forth disaster and dismay. The very encroachments of error, its bold insistence to occupy the foreground, to be the protagonist in every mental drama, may lead one to increase his arguments rather than his trust, until mortal mind seems to hold all the field, while mental work begins, and is apt to end, with his own futile effort.

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