Alertness

Many a time in her writings has Mrs. Eddy spoken with no uncertain voice to Christian Scientists on the subject of alertness. While constantly reiterating the spiritual fact of the omnipresence and omnipotence of good, she was aware of the insidious suggestions of evil; hence her warning words were often heard calling upon all who had caught a glimmering of the meaning of Principle to be awake to the demands of Truth in order to resist the attacks of evil from whatever quarter.

On page 392 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" one of these warnings is uttered. "Stand porter at the door of thought," Mrs. Eddy writes; and a little farther on she explains the import of the words as follows: "The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance." It is all quite plain. Every pleasure and every pain with which human beings are familiar are beliefs of the human mind. They may be entertained, or they can be rejected, and the method of the rejection is taught by Christian Science, which reveals the way by which divine help can be utilized in resisting the false claims of evil or in rejecting them, should they have been permitted to enter through an unguarded door.

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