Holding Thought to the Real

Christian Scientists are deeply grateful for the understanding they have of reality. Christian Science has revealed to them the truth of God's omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. It has made known to them that He is infinite Spirit, infinite good, and that consequently matter and evil are unreal. It has taught them that the real man is the idea, the image, of God—that he reflects God, thus expressing the qualities of Deity. It has taught them also that the mortal or material sense of man is illusory or unreal, and that salvation consists of the overcoming of this false sense through the understanding of the real man. Because of this teaching, Christian Scientists are profoundly grateful.

With the understanding he has of reality, the Christian Scientist is equipped to meet the problems of mortal existence. He is measurably in possession of the spiritual understanding possessed by Christ Jesus, who said (John 15:7), "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." The Master knew that God, Spirit, is infinite—All—and that matter and evil are unreal; and it was this understanding that endowed him with spiritual power to do the wonderful works which characterized his ministry. He held his thought steadfastly to the real. He affirmed the truth and denied error, in this way healing disease, overcoming sin, and destroying the belief of death. So certain was Jesus of his method of destroying erroneous beliefs of whatever sort that he could say (John 8:51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." And keeping his own sayings, holding, that is, to the truth which he taught, he vanquished death in his own experience. Faithfulness to his understanding of reality gave him the victory over material sense in all its various phases.

February 17, 1940

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