Right Reasoning

In Isaiah we read, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord." Quite naturally one might ask, Of what does this reasoning consist? In the light of Christian Science, the verse takes on an added significance, and a fuller meaning than is usually attributed to it. In one dictionary the word reason, when used as a verb, is given the following definitions: "To argue; to debate; to discourse; to persuade by argument; as, to reason one into a belief or out of a plan." Ordinarily speaking, then, to reason is considered a mental task in which one so-called mind tries to convince another of the truth of a certain stand taken. The weaker is forced to accept the arguments put forth by the stronger, and not always is the result satisfactory to both parties. Yet the argument and debate go on, and the more unanswerable are the arguments which are brought forward, the more successful, of course, is the case on the one hand, and the more hopeless on the other.

In the light of Christian Science, however, which proves conclusively that there is one Mind, not many minds, the joy of reasoning together becomes plainly evident. Instead of reasoning against another person's concept of a situation, the Christian Scientist carries the whole matter into the realm of Mind, where perfect oneness is apparent. The starting point, that all causation is God, good, and that effect must therefore be good also, is so simple in its nature that there is no need to persuade, to argue, or to debate. God is, and it is not difficult to convince a hearer of the fact, for he must see that since man exists (which he will not gainsay) God, the cause of all, must have existed before him; and since creation would collapse without the infinite Mind to sustain it, God must be that Mind and must still exist "from everlasting to everlasting."

The Law and the Gospel
February 5, 1921

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