"To be spiritually minded"

In his letter to the Romans the apostle Paul tells us that "to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Nothing could be clearer than this. To dwell in material, selfish, or, in Paul's words, carnal thought-habits, leads to death, is death; but we may, if we will, exchange this carnal, destructive thought for life-preserving knowledge. Spiritual-mindedness preserves life, is itself life and peace. Thus the cleavage between spiritual goodness and materiality becomes the cleavage between living and dying; between the quality of thought which sustains life and the mistaken beliefs which tend to destroy it. Truly, according to Paul, in righteousness we are indestructible; in error we are not safe.

On page 360 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes: "Dear reader, which mind-picture or externalized thought shall be real to you, —the material or the spiritual? Both you cannot have." Again on page 534 we read, "The Son of the Virgin-mother unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error." Here we have set before us the necessity for continuous choice, every day and hour, of Spirit or matter for our mental contemplation; and we are told that the remedy for the Adam-dream in which "all die," is found in that Mind of Christ in which all shall "be made alive." Now what man in trouble would refuse an obvious remedy for his trouble, a remedy which, according to Paul, lies in that spiritually true right-thinking which literally is "life and peace"? What can lift thought from depressing material belief, save the activity of spiritual thinking?

Good Limitless
November 21, 1914

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