The so-called mortal mind, or the "carnal mind," as Paul designates this conglomeration of unspiritual thoughts or beliefs, is nothing other than a pretense and a pretender. Every one of the carnal mind's claims is a sham; every one of its so-called laws is but a baseless imposition; its government or kingdom is a mockery; its assumed influence and attraction is a negation; its seeming creations are counterfeits. Christ Jesus summed this up concisely and conclusively in his declaration that the devil, evil, "is a liar, and the father of it."

Because of this, the worker in Christian Science soon learns that he can make no terms with error other than to demand the unconditional surrender of every material claim. No compromise can be tolerated in the warfare within, with one's false sense of self, which warfare is inaugurated immediately upon the entrance of a single gleam of spiritual truth into individual human consciousness. Mrs. Eddy speaks of his definitely in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 101), in these words: "Christian Science and the senses are at war. It is a revolutionary struggle." And on page 118 she says: "Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all happiness. Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory."

Borrowed Problems
July 5, 1924

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