On pages 359 and 360 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy makes two contrasting statements, which purport to express the views of a Christian Scientist and of an opponent of this teaching. In these two sayings she draws the line clearly between the thought of one who seeks Truth at whatever cost, and of another who is unwilling to depart from "old doctrines or human opinions," and she then asks of her reader, "Which mind-picture or externalized thought shall be real to you,—the material or the spiritual?" Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters," and emphasizing this necessity of making a choice, Mrs. Eddy continues: "Both you cannot have. You are bringing out your own ideal. This ideal is either temporal or eternal. Either Spirit or matter is your model. If you try to have two models, then you practically have none. Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back and forth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the real and the unreal."

While this question and the explanation which follows it seem to be addressed to the person who is reading Science and Health for the first time, Christian Scientists will make a great mistake if they do not keep the idea which is therein expressed well to the front in solving the problems they must solve if they are to win that "prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus," of which Paul wrote to the church at Philippi. It is also well to note that as a preliminary thereto, he was "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."

August 10, 1912

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