Righteous Activity

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE begins its reasoning from the premise that God is Mind, the source or origin of all that really exists. Mind is thus the cause of every right idea, every good quality, every righteous activity. Further, man is the image of God, the likeness of Mind; hence man reflects the ideas or qualities of Mind, as well as the activity of Mind. Mary Baker Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 187), "The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind." Thus, the real man, at one with Mind as Mind's idea, perpetually coexistent with Mind, reflects continually the activity of Mind, and is incapable of aught else.

In real being, then, God's creation of ideas, including man, perpetually expresses His activity, under His volition and control. And because God is perfect, the entire creation is perfect. Hence the real man is perfectly harmonious, ever in the enjoyment of life and love, and of good that is unlimited. Real being is absolutely ideal, since it consists of God and His infinite manifestation.

Students of Christian Science have the truths of spiritual being ever before them for contemplation and guidance. And grateful they are for this, because of the inspiration these truths give them in meeting the difficulties associated with a material sense of existence. What does one find when one considers the condition in which mortals appear to live? All manner of evil apparently existing side by side with good; all manner of unrighteousness, side by side with uprightness, and, as a result of the evil believed in and practiced, sickness, suffering, sorrow, and death. The belief that matter is real, that a material state of existence is real, is the error from which all the suffering of mortals springs.

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The One Evil
July 8, 1939

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