"Stand porter at the door of thought"

MRS. EDDY'S writings abound in arresting passages. One of these—one often quoted by Christian Scientists—occurs on page 392 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." It reads: "Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously." It reminds us of these words from Proverbs: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

There is an important message in our Leader's words just quoted, a message which every Christian Scientist needs to heed. For whatever be the extent of his understanding of Truth, and however much he may have demonstrated what he knows of Truth, there is still the necessity that he be watchful, alert, diligent, in protecting his thought against the intrusion of false or evil beliefs. Has Christian Science not assured him of the power of true or right thoughts? Has he not proved that spiritual thoughts or ideas destroy the evil beliefs which manifest themselves in sin and sickness? The Christian Scientist is convinced of the power of the ideas of Truth to heal because he has demonstrated the fact; and because he is convinced, he is alive to the necessity of allowing only spiritual ideas or spiritual qualities—Mind's ideas or qualities—to enter and abide in his consciousness.

An outstanding feature of Christian Science is its reasonableness. Every problem which may present itself to be solved, Christian Science enables one to handle intelligently, logically. Thus, as to how to "stand porter at the door of thought," with the intention of admitting only those thoughts which will produce harmonious results, Christian Science gives the scientific method. Mrs. Eddy indicates it briefly on page 393 of Science and Health when she says, "Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God's government." God is Mind, infinite Mind. God is therefore supreme. His entire creation, consequently, is under His government. Hence man, the real or spiritual man, is perfectly and consciously governed by divine Mind. This understanding, steadfastly maintained, will enable one to guard his thoughts against the intrusion of erroneous beliefs.

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Among the Churches
August 2, 1930

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