The Divine Will and the Human

Practically all of us have heard, and many of us at one time believed, the argument that human will power is desirable, a thing to be developed as one of the assets of our personality. How often have we heard failure attributed to lack of sufficient will to give power to the purpose; and equally as often has the human will been credited for many of the so-called successes which one has achieved!

The student of Christian Science early learns that human will is false belief, the use of which finally, if not immediately, results in discord and destruction. On page 597 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy, referring to will as a human quality, defines it thus: "The motive-power of error; mortal belief; animal power." She also states, "Will, as a quality of so-called mortal mind, is a wrong-doer; hence it should not be confounded with the term as applied to Mind or to one of God's qualities." It is evident that what is erroneous in foundation can yield only erroneous results. But when speaking of will as "one of God's qualities," Mrs. Eddy defines it as "the might and wisdom of God."

The Ageless Christ
July 3, 1926

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