"The basis of thought and demonstration"

No one need remain long in doubt as to the method the Christian Scientist adopts in his work. Mrs. Eddy states it simply and plainly when she writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 259), "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration." The work may be that of healing the sick or the sinning, filling an office in a Christian Science church or society, performing duties at home, in workshop or office,—in each case it is carried through successfully in the proportion that one understands the truth about divine Principle and its idea, and is obedient thereto.

In the work of life, whatever it may be, the suggestions of mortal mind—evil—are constantly presenting themselves. Before Christian Science bestowed its marvelous revelation of Truth on mankind, those suggestions were looked upon as realities. They claimed to darken every prospect, to hinder every project, and to act as a deterrent to every attempt to bring out a fuller measure of harmony and health. Indeed, the suggestions of evil continue to do so. But there is this great difference now,—evil is known to be unreal; and that fact known and applied destroys the seeming power of evil and prevents what might seem to be its effects.

Suppose the Christian Scientist to be confronted with a belief of sickness, in himself or another. In his own case he is bound to work for himself at once; in the case of another he may do so if called upon for aid. And his work consists in getting back in thought to the truth of being, to the truth that there exists "a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man." As he does so, he is able to deny, contradict, and consequently destroy the sick belief. It may be that the sickness is caused by some form of sin. In which case the sin must be uncovered and denied through the understanding of the sinlessness of man, the perfect idea or image of God. With this realization the sin will be destroyed, and also the sickness which resulted from it.

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Among the Churches
July 12, 1924

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