Free Moral Agency

There are few things which men prize more highly than their right to make decisions for themselves. Freedom of choice is something they begin very early to exercise; and even without realizing it they are continually choosing between opposites. In all their thinking and acting they are deciding for or against something. They inherently desire this liberty, since thereby they learn their own lessons, win their own experiences, and lay hold of the ability to divide between right and wrong, between good and evil, between that which is truly desirable and otherwise.

The Christian Scientist soon recognizes that his success in demonstration depends largely on his learning to know what is true and what is false thinking. He must also accept the fact that he has a God-given power always to choose that which is of God, good. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 83) Mrs. Eddy tells us that "no person can accept another's belief, except it be with the consent of his own belief. If the error which knocks at the door of your own thought originated in another's mind, you are a free moral agent to reject or to accept this error; hence, you are the arbiter of your own fate, and sin is the author of sin."

Disease a Delusion
December 13, 1924

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