Honesty Fundamental

Christian Science brings home to every students with peculiar emphasis the necessity for unqualified honesty in purpose and practice, as a fundamental requisite to spiritual progress. Our Leader has so plainly taught that it has become axiomatic with her students, when there is error in the premise the result cannot be free from the baneful effects of error; that is to say, the results from a supposed cause inherently wrong are never right, else we should have the anomalous situation of good resulting from evil, a manifest impossibility. Truth is never consequent upon falsity. Wrong desires, conceived in selfishness, seeking gratification of any phase of the personal ambition which all too commonly accompanies human experience, can be of no possible assistance in gaining that consciousness which constitutes the Mind of Christ. To insure spiritual growth Mrs. Eddy declares on page 449 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "You should practice well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty and fidelity,—qualities which insure success in the Science." Christian Scientists well know the scrupulous care exercised by our Leader, to place before the world in such terms as could be understood, the precepts and example of true Christianity as operative in Christian Science. The great success of her effort proves beyond the possibility of cavil that she was guided by divine Truth, impeccable, unchangeable, eternal, in which dishonesty and selfish ambition have no place.

Honesty is a moral quality of the so-called human mind. In the "Scientific Translation of Mortal Mind" (Science and Health, p. 115), Mrs. Eddy places honesty in the second degree where, with the disappearance of evil beliefs, improved human qualities are manifest. These in turn give place to the attributes of Spirit, the ideas of Mind, signalizing that awakening in His likeness with which the psalmist declared he would be satisfied. It is conclusive that progress in gaining the Christ-idea is experienced only by those who earnestly strive to grasp and express the higher concept, working from a basis of spiritual integrity in purpose and method, supplemented and supported by prayerful endeavor to follow in the footsteps of the great Demonstrator; and this standard of loyalty admits of no slightest deviation from the high demands of Spirit.

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Spiritual Healing
February 18, 1922
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