The Effect of God's Government

On page 393 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we read, "Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God's government." Mrs. Eddy has written this in her chapter entitled "Christian Science Practice;" and all those who are endeavoring to practice Christian Science healing without doubt, give this passage a great deal of prayerful study and meditation. When confronted with any error, physical or mental, or any inharmonious condition whatsoever, to be able immediately to repudiate the error with the firm understanding that divine Mind, God, governs, would be to restore health and harmony.

But how are we going to attain to this understanding? We must begin with the simple statement that God is All, which proclaims the greatest, the most powerful truth that ever has been or ever shall be given to mankind; for, if we could but realize it, and govern our thoughts, our speech, our actions by it, we should then ascent to the Father. We know, however, that we must work out our own salvation; and, having accepted the spiritual fact that God is All, reasoning from this basis we shall ultimately arrive at a clear and firm understanding that God, and He alone, governs all His creation, from the smallest idea to the highest,—man, the perfect man, created in His own likeness. God is the one perfect Being, from whom all good emanates: and man is His image and likeness. This being so, it is seen that man must be entirely good, expressing absolute perfection.

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