"The first and fundamental rule of Science"

ON page 172 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy says that "the first and fundamental rule of Science" is "the oft-repeated declaration in Scripture that God is good; hence, good is omnipotent and omnipresent." To that rule the Christian Scientist adheres; and this adherence is equivalent to obedience to the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). Many who are not Christian Scientists admit theoretically that God is good, but fail to see that this admission necessitates the further admission, namely, that "good is omnipotent and omnipresent."

The teaching of God's allness, that He is infinite good, and that good is omnipotent and omnipresent, does not come from the schools. These hold that there is another real power in existence called evil, a belief which would rule out the truth of God's omnipotence and omnipresence. That there is but one Mind—God—and that, being infinite, Mind has all-power, is unknown to the spiritually unenlightened human mind. Hence, it is not understood by this so-called mind that the power of God, divine Mind, can be utilized to destroy all that is unlike good, including unhappiness, sin, and disease. Neither does the spiritually unenlightened human mind understand how death can be denied reality, and ultimately will be overcome.

Choosing Whom We Serve
May 10, 1941

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