The Certainty of Christian Science

NOTHING save spiritual truth can be expressed with steadfast assurance, for nothing outside of it is reliable; and a firm conviction of this will perceptibly further the possibility of the demonstration of Truth. To know that a thing can be done is to have won half the battle in any undertaking, because it qualifies one to proceed in proving his conviction by searching out the proper way to complete the work. Christian Scientists have a great deal to be thankful for in the fact that their Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has spoken to them in their textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in no uncertain terms; and all who accept this textbook as containing the elucidation of Truth accept with it the conviction that all of its statements may be demonstrated.

These demonstrations, to be sure, as is the case in any other department of life, can be made only in their proper order, by beginning with the simpler ones and carrying them into the apparently more difficult ones as understanding increases. The unshakable statements of Truth, given us in the Bible and by our Leader, form the solid foundation upon which we may rear our individual structures of demonstration with absolute certainty. Here it is well to bear in mind that our weapons in the demolition of error are "mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds." When, therefore, we read Mrs. Eddy's terse statement, "Disease is less than mind, and Mind [God] can control it" (Science and Health, p. 378), the understanding and demonstration of this unqualified truth will effect a complete routing of anything that assumes the appearance of illness.

It is clear that a demonstration of the truths contained in our textbooks requires much diligence on our part. To know that we live by divine authority enables us to prove that we are in actual possession of that dominion which God gave to man, His image and likeness; and this consciousness of dominion will culminate in a sense of grateful victory when, as we diligently walk in this divine way to ultimate perfection, we experience a more joyous existence and more abundant life.

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December 17, 1927

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