Examination

The word "examination" is so frequently before the thought these days, in the press and the tongue, that a few words as to its true meaning is not amiss. In the first chapter of Genesis we read: "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so." In this statement is the rule by which every act, thought, and word can be weighed. On page 505 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy has stated the meaning of the Scriptural verse in part as follows: "Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth," and again, in the same paragraph, "Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal."

Where the line of departure begins in the separation of that which is good from that which is not good, true examination begins, and spiritual understanding is simply the ability to examine and dissect every thought as to its fitness to be a son of God. This is the examination which comes from God. We find that in the beginning God made everything good. True examination is certainly included in that beginning and is good. This brings one to the conclusion that God is all good and knows nothing but good, that He is infinite cause, and what God knows about examination is all there is to it.

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