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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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Annual Meeting of The Mother Church
with contributions from Frank C. Colby, Elizabeth Cadwell Tomlinson, Edward L. Ripley, The Christian Science Board of Directors
A Strong Defense
JULIA SALOME KINNEY
HERBERT ERNEST EVANS
"I know better"
EUNICE W. HEDLER
The very generous allotment of your space to the report...
William Pitfield, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
In your issue of September 19, under the heading,...
Hugh T. Campbell, Committee on Publication for the State of Washington,
Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication
with contributions from Selected
From a letter dated 1898
MARY BAKER EDDY
No Age Limit
George Shaw Cook
"Rich toward God"
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Joseph S. Glickauf, John Claude Waller, Walter G. Willoschat, Minta A. Deagon, Paul Swearingen
Although it was only about three years ago that I first...
Gladys M. Hubbard
Over twenty years ago Christian Science came into my...
Charlotte Matejousky with contributions from Joseph J. Matejousky
It was in the way of Christ's appointing that I was led...
Hannah Rollins Twiss
It has long been my desire to express my gratitude for...
William H. Bolte
I am deeply grateful to God and to Christian Science for...
Ralph B. Smith with contributions from Violet G. Smith
It is with deepest gratitude that I express my appreciation...
Lucy J. Dunnington
For years I was a successful business woman—stenographer...
For about twenty years I have been relying on Christian Science...
Mary E. Blanchard
EDNA WISE WEST
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Torrance Phelps, J. W. Saunders, Malcolm J. MacLeod, J. I. Wensley, Nathan Howard Gist, Correspondent, B. Orames, Ruth Glenn Hanson