Who Is Outlining?

Is it the divine Mind or mortal mind that is outlining for us? If divine Mind, then the outlining will be the continual unfolding of the spiritual idea, expressing its own eternal qualities. If mortal mind, then it will be concerned solely with the past, the present, the future of mortality, its inheritances, its liabilities, its prospects.

Mind outlines for man infinite capacity, ever-present love, endless life. Mortal mind outlines that which is interwoven with doubt and fear, with uncertainty and contradiction; that which ultimates in failure, frustration, and disruption. He who plans, strives, prophesies for himself or another, or who selects and rupudiates according to the dictates of human hope and desire, is letting mortal mind do the outlining.

In her definition of "Mind" on page 591 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy refers to Deity as that "which outlines but is not outlined." Therefore if men accept the one infinite Mind as their Mind, whose sole prerogative it is to outline, they will follow the example of Christ Jesus, who thus differentiated between spiritual and material outlining: "I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father," he said to the Jews. And again, "I do always those things that please him." Assuredly when men realize that that only is actually pleasing to themselves which pleases God, the "I want" or "I must have" of mortality will have ceased to argue.

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Item of Interest
April 17, 1943

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