Mary Baker Eddy, in "Rudimental Divine Science"...


Mary Baker Eddy, in "Rudimental Divine Science" (p. 1), defines Christian Science "as the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." Christ Jesus proved this law to be effective against every supposition or belief of evil. He said of it, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." God's ability to reveal truth and love to those who seek Him is not diminished by ignorance of Spirit. Neither is the ability to seek and to comprehend the divine purpose destroyed by a temporary dream of existence. The law of God makes it possible for all to rise above the illusions of physical sense; but this law must be understood and obeyed; and its effects are the expression of spiritual good. This law never works through fear or superstition, but destroys these errors. There is no other real law. There is no real activity that can be good at one time and evil at another. Real law always operates in the same manner and with the same quality of effects. "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?"

Again, what the so-called human mind calls good is generally what it thinks it wants; but this may be far from any true sense of good. That is why human belief thinks it can produce good effects apart from true understanding and obedience to God, Spirit. That is why, by working on the ignorance and fears of mortals, through hypnotic suggestion, material drugging, or manipulation, human thought may appear to change from a sense of physical discord to one of physical ease, and think good has been accomplished. Paul said, "The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Another illusion of hypnotic suggestion is that one can be healed of disease, can actually experience health, while proceeding, without interruption or interference, in the indulgence of those practices which God condemns. The mystical theory of life, intelligence, and substance apart from God, involving the belief of many souls, spirits, or minds dwelling in material forms, induces the delusion that the procurement of physical ease is almost the very acme of desire on earth. Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 151): "The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal."

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