Confidence and Decision

The teaching of Christian Science is significant in that it inspires in the student a confidence in God which is serene and secure. The student acquires this confidence by thinking only those thoughts which come from God, eternal Mind. The Bible admonishes us over and over again to look to the divine source for wisdom, confidence, and protection. Furthermore, our trust in divine Love can admit of no doubt. James says of the wavering one, "Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." Consequently, we are to have the utmost confidence in Love's protection, in Mind's wisdom, in Truth's omnipotence.

On page 277 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes, "If goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot be the outcome of an infinite God, good." This statement affords something tangible for our confidence to rest upon, because it clearly distinguishes between the real and the unreal. Good is eternal and potent; evil, its opposite, is temporal and impotent. To discern and accept this spiritual truth is to entertain a true concept of being, which results in peace, contentment, and harmony. Belief in evil—in its false claim of presence or power—subjects our human experience to an erroneous influence, manifested in sin, sickness, and death.

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