Mary Baker Eddy defines "I, or Ego" in the Christian Science textbook. "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," thus (p.588): "Divine Principle; Spirit; Soul; incorporeal, unerring, immortal, and eternal Mind." She then adds this explanation: "There is but one I, or Us, but one divine Principle, or Mind, governing all existence; man and woman unchanged forever in their individual characters, even as numbers which never blend with each other, though they are governed by one Principle. All the objects of God's creation reflects one Mind, and whatever reflects not this one Mind, is false and erroneous, even the belief that life, substance, and intelligence are both mental and material."

As a Christian Scientist begins to understand that God is divine Principle and man is divine Principle's idea, he views existence from the right standpoint and his whole experience changes. He learns to acknowledge the reign of Soul and recognizes that infinite Mind is unerring and sustains man forever as its immortal idea; that man and woman in their individual natures manifest intelligence and life from the one Mind, their inexhaustible source; that in this one Mind there can be no evil, sin, disease, or death; that no claim or argument of a material creation can stand in the presence of the "I, or Ego," which is divine Principle, God.

In studying Christian Science one learns that it is necessary not only to affirm the allness of God, but to deny the false beliefs and arguments that come to us for acceptance. As one progresses in his spiritual growth he begins to discern between belief and understanding and to separate error from Truth. He begins to see that all that is good and true comes from God, Principle, and he therefore rejects the material sense testimony which says that man is discordant, sick, lonely, homeless, poverty-stricken, or growing old, for he sees clearly that in this one Mind man lives as an eternal spiritual idea, maintained in perfect harmony.

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