Personal Goodness

Objection is made to the statement, "The effect of Principle is always good; that of personal sense is never so," but if one accepts the first part of this statement as being true, he will have to agree with the second part, if he would be logical and scientific. Otherwise, he would be in agreement with the belief that there is more than one cause. Christian Science teaches that there is only one cause—God, infinite good, the source of all actual goodness.

There is, in belief, a kind of goodness which appears to human sense to be genuine, but which is never more than a counterfeit of the true goodness that emanates from immortal divine Mind. Belief in the reality of human or personal goodness, or that any mortal person is the source of goodness, was definitely rejected by Jesus when he said, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." And on page 147 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says, "A pure affection takes form in goodness, but Science alone reveals the divine Principle of goodness and demonstrates its rules."

The Unmistakable Proofs of Christian Science
April 11, 1942

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