Christian Science is based entirely upon a knowledge...

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Christian Science is based entirely upon a knowledge of God as divine Principle—as the origin and cause of all real existence. Mary Baker Eddy states this on page 275 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she says, "The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle." This knowledge of God, as taught in Christian Science, is a demonstrable knowledge, being capable of proof in our daily affairs here and now. These proofs or demonstrations are, however, the result of an understanding of God as divine Principle, and have nothing to do with autosuggestion, or human will, or any of the other operations of the human mind. For the very first thing a Christian Scientist learns is that "I can of mine own self do nothing." The distinction between the human or carnal mind and that spiritual-mindedness or understanding which is of God, was pointed out by Paul in his epistle to the Romans. He says that "the carnal mind," or "the mind of the flesh," according to the Revised Version, "is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Autosuggestion, which is one of the operations of the so-called carnal mind, or mind of the flesh, is, therefore, entirely different from Christian Science, which is defined by Mrs. Eddy on page 1 of "Rudimental Divine Science" as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony."

October 20, 1923

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