Mastery of One's Self

On page 254 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "But the human self must be evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual." In this way is the mastery gained over one's self. And who will say that Christian Science does not set before us the highest of ideals? As do the teachings of the Prophet of Nazareth, it insists on the complete evangelization of the human selfhood.

Mortal are apparently living under the influence of the material senses, the great majority of them being at present without the understanding which would enable them to see the falsity of these senses and to rise above them. And in the proportion that they are dominated by material sense they are enslaved. This means that they are unhappy, joyless, discontented, discordant, and often sinful or sick. It is well known that sin is frequently the forerunner of disease. Indeed, Paul goes farther than this, for he says in the sixth chapter of Romans that "the wages of sin is death." Besides, rarely if ever do evil thinking and evil doing affect the evil thinker and evil doer alone; their sinister influence frequently extends far beyond the transgressor, carrying tribulation to others.

Among the Churches
December 13, 1930

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