"As a man thinketh"

NO structure can be built and expected to stand securely unless the foundation is firm, built on something substantial. Likewise, in Christian Science, no demonstrable deductions can be evolved and expected to endure all tests unfailingly, unless the fundamental basis for reasoning is truth—an understanding of God, of man, and of their relationship. For centuries mankind have been yearning for this knowledge. Glimpses of the glory of God have been caught all along through history by prophets, disciples, and spiritually minded persons, but an all-inclusive, practical understanding of God was made possible in this age when, through her consecrated efforts, Mrs. Eddy found the explanation of the healing works of Christ Jesus and gave it to the world in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Therein we learn that God is Principle, the infinite, omnipotent force governing and controlling all, that God is substance, Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love, and that He is Mind. In the first chapter of Genesis we find that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good;" creation was complete and all was good. This is another way of saying that evil is powerless, that nothing which really exists possesses qualities other than good, for there cannot possibly be room in infinite good, God, for His unlikeness. He is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." In the first chapter of Genesis we also read that "God created man in his own image," so we see that the real man possesses no qualities apart from God; he is spiritual, immortal, and eternal.

Since man is the image and likeness of God, the reflection or expression of Him, and since God is Mind, it follows that man is the reflection of Mind. In infinite Mind all is harmony, unlimited wisdom, intelligence, and perfect action, and there is no unconsciousness, no fatigue, no confusion. So also in the real man are these attributes expressed. When problems arise that seem to baffle us, when sickness tries to make itself seem real to us, when temptations block our path and we waver beneath the stress, we must stop and declare this truth about God and man. It will awaken us from the material senses, will clarify our thoughts, and if we believe the declaration, not with blind faith but with trust that "with God all things are possible," it will gain for us the victory in the struggle.

Strong Reasons
June 25, 1921

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