Right Contention

Contention for what they hold to be worthy and desirable is a common experience of mortals. In its effort to establish itself as real and to maintain its seeming identity, the so-called mortal mind is constantly striving for place and power, constantly seeking for recognition and approval. Since this effort is based wholly upon an erroneous foundation, selfishness, that is, the belief in material selfhood as real, it is accompanied by much contention, by constant struggle and strife. In consequence of this tendency, mortals spend much time and energy in activities which are of no aid in gaining the truth about God and man, the truth which destroys the bonds of materiality.

Instead of progressing Spiritward, through placing their efforts on the side of materiality mortals hold to the seeming reality of evil beliefs, beliefs which finally must be overcome and destroyed. In view of this, our Leader, writing of "Misdirected contention" in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 380), says, "Contending for the evidence or indulging the demands of sin, disease, or death, we virtually contend against the control of Mind over body, and deny the power of Mind to heal." And she likens this situation to a case where a defendant argues in favor of a verdict for the plaintiff, that is, for a decision in favor of his opponent. Manifestly, such contention can be productive of no good results, yet how frequently do mortals indulge this illogical course!

June 19, 1926

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