"Take care of yourself"

Men in general believe that in order to keep well, one must observe certain rules regarding food, hygiene, and so forth. The humanly friendly advice, "Take care of yourself," has often been confined to concern for one's physical well-being.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (P. 383), "We need a clean body and a clean mind," and adds, "The pure and exalting influence of the divine Mind on the body is requisite, and the Christian Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is 'willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.' "

Through the daily study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings the student becomes convinced that cause and effect are mental. God, the infinite divine Mind, is the only cause, and creation, unfolding spiritual ideas, the only effect. Effect, then, like cause, is good, and is manifested in health, harmony, love, joy, and purity. Matter, or the body, being nonintelligent, the opposite of Spirit, God, is but the counterfeit of man in God's image and likeness. Hence it is not true effect. Since matter is not effect, it has no cause. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, makes this clear when she states in Science and Health (p. 310), "Thought will finally be understood and seen in all form, substance, and color, but without material accompaniments."

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Home Relations
February 4, 1939

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