If we use the term thinking to cover the activity of the human consciousness, it is correct to say that we cannot stop thinking. When we are actively engaged in mental work, thought is to some extent brought under control, but as soon as the work ceases we find a host of thoughts at the door of consciousness clamoring for admission. When the door is left unguarded, it is easy for a mixed company to slip in unnoticed, and the individual may then find that his house, his consciousness, is overrun by sordid, resentful, or even sickly thoughts, which bring as their companions misery and discord. These evil thoughts must be cast out to make room for true or good thoughts in order that harmony may be restored.

The greatness of the famous characters of the Bible stemmed from their ability to reject the selfish material thoughts of the supposititious carnal mind and to make room for the spiritual ideas, or the thoughts of immortal Mind. Jacob wrestled with a mortal sense of existence until he won dominion through a spiritual sense of being, which spoke only of the perfection of God's creation. Moses rejected the gods of Egypt and accepted the spiritual idea of one God, one infinite Life and intelligence. Jesus accepted and demonstrated the true idea of God as the one creator, the Father of all, and saw man as His spiritual reflection. This true idea is the Christ.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 332): "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual,—yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin. disease, and death."

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