A Strong Defense

Christian Scientists rejoice in the omnipotence and omnipresence of God as infinite Mind, divine Love. They feel a deep sense of gratitude to their Leader for having revealed the true nature of God, the glory and majesty of Spirit. They very rightfully seek to reflect the intelligence, wisdom, and might which, they know, are man's God-given heritage.

Thoughtful students, however, realize that to human sense evil seems to have power and presence, and that against this seeming power and presence of evil they need a strong defense. Recognizing this need, Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 234, 235), "Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence."

These significant words indicate that evil thoughts, going forth "from one human mind to another," can find lodgment only in false material sense; that is, the mesmeric conditions of sin, disease, and death have their seeming cause and effect only in the realm of material sense. Our safe defense, therefore, must be found in "virtue and truth," that is, in divine qualities which are outside of and totally unlike those belonging to the false sense of mind in matter. Thus we are shown that the unillumined human mind is not a defense, and that materiality is never defended by Christian Science. Our mental work, then, is effective only as it exposes, denies, and destroys the falsities of mortal mind, and reveals, affirms, and expresses the qualities of divine Mind.

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