The Scientific Man

That all true ideas originate with God and pass to man, His image and likeness, is a message of great importance to humanity; for it unfolds a practicable basis for brotherhood. It sweeps away the theory that there are two creations,—one the intangible or spiritual, which God creates, the other the material, which mortals consider to be their present status. Christian Science neither asks one to imagine a spiritual creation nor to believe in an existence apart from God. By the process of scientific demonstration it proves that there is one creation only, and that God is the creator of it, continuously cognizant of it and preserving it. The chronicle of revealed Truth in the first chapter of Genesis reads, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Discernment of the nature of this creation is not the fruit of intellectual belief, but is the result of the right thinking that is coupled with right doing, in obedience to divine Principle, Love.

The Christianly scientific fact that there is one Mind only, because there is but one God, does violence to no one's mentality. For who would not acknowledge God as the source of all right ideas that come to him? Moreover, all ideas that originate with God are concordant the one with the other; and we recognize the truth of the Scripture passage, "All things work together for good to them that love God." It is not difficult to perceive the truth of the statement that error is never based on divine Mind. Even in ordinary fields of investigation scholarly persons frequently discredit theories that had previously been accepted as having intelligence behind them; but that which will not stand the test of truth has at no time an intelligent foundation, though it parade for a long while in that guise. So, under the lens of Christian Science, belief in the reality of matter, disease, and sin will finally be found devoid of intelligence. The truth concerning the one Mind, the one God, will inevitably lead to this result. Who would delay the day when the evils which Jesus destroyed shall be seen to have no reality about then to support them?

Acknowledgment of the divine source of all right thinking, and willingness to look beyond the many pretensions of evil belief,—a supposititious thinking independent of God,—show that one is accepting the great statement of Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468), "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." The claim of a mind existing in matter, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science does not hesitate to designate a lie. In "Unity of Good" (p. 25) she writes: "This lie, that Mind can be in matter,—claiming to be something beside God, denying Truth and its demonstration in Christian Science,—this lie I declare an illusion. This denial enlarges the human intellect by removing its evidence from sense to Soul, and from finiteness into infinity. It honors conscious human individually by showing God as its source." The likeness, not of human personality, but of true consciousness and individuality, to God, Spirit, enables the individual to obey the Golden Rule and to follow here and now in the footsteps of our great Way-shower, Christ Jesus, healing sickness and destroying sin. This makes sonship with God universally demonstrable. To quote again our revered Leader, Mrs. Eddy (ibid., p. 46), "The scientific man and his Maker are here; and you would be none other than this man, if you would subordinate the fleshly perceptions to the spiritual sense and source of being."

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