Defending Our Birthright

"Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." This demand of Christ Jesus cannot be too vigilantly remembered and obeyed, for the only way to experience heavenly harmony is to exercise our spiritual birthright in thought and daily life. The carnal mind is the futile denier of Spirit, and its every aggression is aimed at one's spirituality. But from the standpoint of infinite Spirit, spirituality is inflexible, impregnable.

It is our task as Christian Scientists to defeat error's endeavor to find a weak place in our armor and cause us to be vulnerable to its shifting maneuvers. "Put on the whole armour of God, . . . that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand." In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul elaborates the nature of this "whole armour"—its import being remembrance and utilization of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, good.

Sometimes a Christian Scientist is obsessed with mortal mind's taunt that he knows in theory that health, freedom, and supply are his birthright, but that he cannot prove this in practice. In other words, that his understanding of Christian Science is inadequate to meet his present problems. His defense is the same defense by which Christ Jesus overthrew the three temptations in the wilderness—the defense of absolute, unassailable Truth and conscious oneness with Truth. Knowing himself to be the Son of God, Christ Jesus scorned the low level of temptation and stayed above it. He successfully defended his spiritual birthright; and so can we, as we worthily represent Christian Science.

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The Kingdom of Heaven
November 30, 1935

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