The Jurisdiction of Mind

As a counselor-at-law turns to the laws and statutes which define and explain the individual rights and duties pertaining to the case in hand, so the student of Christian Science, when seeking the solution of problem, turns to the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, to find the applicable rules. In these textbooks, the divine Principle of the universe is expounded and spiritual reality revealed. When confronted by temptations of sin or sickness, the student applies his understanding of God's laws, knowing that God governs all wisely and well. God's law applies to the solving of all human problems. No matter what the difficulty may seem to be, one finds a firm foundation on which to rest in these words from Science and Health (p. 379): "The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind."

Christian Science is enabling its students to prove that in every experience divine Mind is always the controlling power, although the effect to human sense may seem to be material. The claims of mortal mind, however, are not absolute, and spiritual law operates unfailingly through human consciousness. The divine fact is that man is spiritual, and that God is his Father.

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