The Highest Decision

It has been said that we are constantly at some point of decision. That is to say, according to Webster's definition of the word judge (which bears important relation to the word decision), we are constantly called upon "to hear and determine, ... to compare facts or ideas, and perceive their relations and attributes, and thus distinguish truth from falsehood; to exercise the judgment." At best, so-called mortal consciousness, a paradoxical term, finds itself unequal to the task of fulfilling the demands of the definition quoted, for the ancient question "What is truth?" remains unanswered as far as this consciousness is concerned.

As spiritual understanding unfolds and man's dominion over all forms of error becomes apparent, it will be found that a Christianly scientific decision must always include three parts, which may be said to correspond, in their consecutive address to thought, to the "first lessons" of the children in the Christian Science Sunday school. In Section 3 of Article XX of the Manual these are given as follows: "The Ten Commandments (Exodus, 20:3–17), the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9–13), and its Spiritual Interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy, Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3–12)."

Forward Footsteps
April 13, 1918

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