"The starting-point of divine Science"

Beginners in the study of Christian Science, as well as some of those who have for a time been familiar with its teachings, are sometimes heard to ask, Where shall I begin? or, How should I commence to give a treatment in Christian Science? Mrs. Eddy says on page 411 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients;" and this is done in accordance with what she writes on page 278, "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." Whatever the problem to be solved, it must be approached from the standpoint of the allness of God, with the understanding that God is the divine Principle, Love, the only Mind and the only power.

How prone are mortals to being in some other way than the one just indicated! Mesmerized by the belief that evil is real, sickness, sin, and suffering may seem very real to them; and instead of quickly taking their stand on the side of divine Principle, declaring for its allness and omnipotence, they are apt to conjure up thought of fear and disaster, or to waste time groping about in the shadows of mortal mind for the seeming cause of the trouble. If they allow themselves to do that, they are on the sure ways of defrauding themselves of the help which the affirmations of Truth always bring. And back to Truth, to divine Principle, they must go for the solution of the problem.

What is the reason for starting with the declaration of the truth about the allness of God, divine Principle? Simply, because all human suffering is the result of believing in that which is erroneous, in that which has no Principle behind it. Mortals believe that matter is real, that evil is real, that sickness is real,—they believe that whatever material sense witnesses to is real; and thus believing, they become the victims of their beliefs, suffering the penalties of sin and disease. Until Mrs. Eddy made the discovery of Christian Science, that is how it stood with mortals: the belief that matter or evil is real was then universal among them. The discovery of Christian Science came, however, to destroy the lie of material sense through the understanding of spiritual Truth, and thus free mankind from the bondage of ignorance.

From the Directors
October 4, 1924

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