"We cannot serve two masters"

When Mrs. Eddy wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 167), "We cannot serve two masters nor perceive divine Science with the material senses," adding, "To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely," she was practically reiterating what Christ Jesus, over nineteen centuries before, had said in the Sermon on the Mount. His words were: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." And she wrote as she did because the teaching of Christian Science is identical with that of the Master.

Now the teaching of Christian Science, as was that of Christ Jesus, is fundamental. It takes the student back to primal cause, shows him the nature of this cause, and lays bare to him the truth concerning all that the great First Cause causes. Forsaking the slow-working processes of the human mind, Christian Science leaps, as it were, across human belief, reaching at once the very heart of real existence. And as it reveals the absolute and eternal truths about God and His real creation, the so-called material universe is seen to be an entirely false concept; and the moment its falsity becomes apparent, its illusory power begins to wane. Christian Science enables God to be recognized as the one omnipotent divine Principle of all true being; and upon the recognition, there follows the desire to know and serve divine Principle alone.

It is only after the truth about the allness of God, Spirit, has been discovered that the world "and the lust thereof" begin to pass away. Before this truth comes to one, matter (so called) appears to be very real, and God, as Spirit, to be very intangible, the result being a seemingly continual warfare between the flesh and the Spirit. Every one knows the nature of the struggle. As the better nature, as it is sometimes called, begins to appear, the passions associated with the flesh claim to govern the individual,—and then the clash. Sometimes the flesh appears to gain the victory, sinking its victim into despair; at other times, the better nature prevails, and the tempted one comes out of the fray purified and refined.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Impartial Love
October 25, 1924

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.