"Destroying the foundations of death"

Many have pondered Paul's words in his letter to the Romans, "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace," with a desire to fathom their meaning and put them into practice. Many also have studied the words and acts of the Master, Christ Jesus, longing to have "more abundantly" the life which he came to give us, and marveling at the power he displayed in raising others, and finally himself, from the grave. But until the discovery by Mary Baker Eddy, in 1866, of the exact Science of Christianity, which shows the precise method underlying these mighty works, there seemed scant possibility of achieving similar results. With the restoration of primitive Christianity and the healing of so-called incurable diseases, the hope of more abundant life and the overcoming of death was revived.

Speaking of the fundamental point of the all-power of Mind, our Leader says on page 171 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Mind's control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science. Jesus illustrated the divine Principle and the power of immortal Mind by healing sickness and sin and destroying the foundations of death." The revelation that man, in His image and likeness, is God's idea, the exact reflection of infinite Mind or Spirit, shows that the real man is spiritual. How could he be otherwise, since he reflects the Mind which is Spirit? Through this revelation we learn that we are not obliged to be carnally minded; in other words, obliged to believe in a fleshly mind, or a mind in matter. Thus, the meaning of Paul's words becomes clear, and we are in a position to set about "destroying the foundations of death" in thought and experience, both for ourselves and for others.

"The scientific man" Is Here
April 16, 1938

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