Isaiah warned those of his time against enchantments,...


Isaiah warned those of his time against enchantments, sorceries, astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators. Jesus, however, summed up all the seeming effects of these as "the works of the devil," and set the example for all time for destroying this evil so-called mind and its effects. If we endeavor to have the same Mind in us "which was also in Christ Jesus," we can to-day approximate his quick detection of the activities of the counterfeit and his instantaneous destruction of them, by knowing that there is but one infinite, eternal Mind, God. To-day that one enemy of the human race—the belief in a mind, influence, or power apart from God—victimizes and deceives even "the very elect," by mind cure, mesmerism, hypnotism, autosuggestion, and such like.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, realizing that every physical effect has a mental cause, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 82, 83), the textbook of Christian Science: "In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one. What the prophets of Jehovah did, the worshippers of Baal failed to do; yet artifice and delusion claimed that they could equal the work of wisdom." Mrs. Eddy proved and has enabled others to prove, through her scientific Christian discovery, that this seeming influence obtruding itself on the attention of mortals in all generations is mental illusion, false conclusion, the product of man's wisdom which is "foolishness with God." As the effect of an error in mathematics disappears when the correct application of the rule occurs, so the effects of the error of believing in a mentality apart from the one and only infinite divine Mind, God, disappear as we know the truth that sets us free. She further writes in the same textbook (p. 126): "The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth;" and also (p. 406), "The Bible contains the recipe for all healing."

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