The Simplicity of Christian Science

The simplicity of Christian Science is the simplicity of Truth. When understood from a spiritual viewpoint, simplicity always leads us back to God; for God is the source of true simplicity. The meaning of the word "simple" or "simplicity" is "single"; hence its peculiar adaptation to the things of God,—the God whose fundamental commandment is, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord." If we, therefore, desire to understand God, the simplicity which is of God will appear unto us, and God will be the one and only good to us. "The allness of Deity is His oneness," we read on page 267 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Nothing that is obscure or difficult of understanding belongs to Christian Science. If its great simplicity or singleness of viewpoint is not understood, it is because human selfishness refuses to give up its belief in matter or its claim that there are barriers between God and His image and likeness. But this claim is false.

Now if the understanding of Christian Science or of its textbook is not above our apprehension, why is one beset so often by the argument that Christian Science or its textbook cannot be understood? That this is not a new phase of human experience may be seen from the rebuke Jesus administered to the people of his day for their lack of spiritual understanding, which he attributed entirely to their grossness or materialism. So the answer to our question is easy to find: it is the so-called carnal or mortal mind (the old serpent) that is making these arguments; and because of pride, selfishness, mad ambition, greed, or lust, we are listening. Man, Christian Scientists agree, is made in the image and likeness of God, even of infinite divine Mind. Can any one imagine the image and likeness of God, which expresses infinite Mind, declaring that it cannot understand God or the Science of Mind? What an absurdity! Then why should any one who at any time has taken up the study of Christian Science ever ally himself with such an erroneous declaration? Would it not be more in accord with Science to insist upon the spiritual fact that because man is the image and likeness of God, man of necessity must have, and by virtue of his divine birthright does have, the understanding of God in divine Science?

July 14, 1923

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