Overcoming Carnal Beliefs

Nehemiah's reply to his enemies, who by insidious suggestions were trying to persuade him to leave his work of building the wall of Jerusalem, is well known and often quoted by students of the Bible. He said, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?"

As Christian Scientists we should remember that we do not have to "come down" to the level of the carnal mind by giving a place in our consciousness to unlovely thoughts, desires, or fears. On the contrary, we have God-given intelligence to see through its illusions.

The suggestions of this supposititious mind assume all sorts of disguises. Sometimes false belief may call itself sickness and sometimes sin. It often claims to be poor and lonely, saying, I am absent from my friends; or, I am destitute.

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October 26, 1935

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