Overcoming Prejudice

The basis of Christian Science teaching and practice is Scriptural. It is that God, good, is the only cause and creator, and, therefore, that man and the real universe are good, harmonious, pure, perfect, and eternal. From this premise of goodness and perfection Christian Science logically deduces the conclusion that whatever is evil and imperfect lacks divine sanction and support, and therefore is merely an illusory mental concept, negative, unattractive, and powerless. Then Christian Science calls upon its adherents to put these truths into practice, to conscientiously and consistently apply these spiritual verities in their daily thinking and living. Naturally the scientific endeavor to have good, pure, and perfect ideas active and dominant in individual human consciousness leads to the denial and displacement of belief in evil, whether it be presented as sin, sickness, or sorrow, as discord, disaster, or death.

Perfection is the basis for the Christian Scientist's thinking, and the demonstration of perfection and immortality is the goal toward which he is striving. On pages 428 and 429 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy gives pertinent advice in these words: "It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life, and this Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit. We must begin, however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better." Wise, indeed, is the student of Science who turns his attention first to the demonstration of the power of Truth to control and counteract the more simple phases of error, instead of attempting to walk on the water immediately.

Spiritual Citizenship
November 14, 1936

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