An ultimatum represents the final terms or conditions offered to a disputant, and Christian Science, provides an uncompromising ultimatum to all that disputes good. Under the marginal heading "Scientific ultimatum" in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 492): "God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and immortality." The fact of Mind's infinitude constitutes the final, inflexible terms with which Christian Science confronts every form of the belief that there is a carnal or mortal mind opposed to God and claiming to exist in matter.

Christian Science insists that the appearance of many minds, each residing in a brain and depending upon matter for existence, is an illusion, a supposition. It reveals God to be the only Mind, the Mind of man and the source of his life and thoughts. The terms mortal mind and human mind it uses only to explain states of consciousness which are not facts of being, but which must be dealt with until mankind learns to demonstrate divine Mind's allness and man's perfection in Mind as its idea.

The one Mind is infinite, individual, all-encompassing, and nothing has existence outside of it. Mind is the cause which supports all real effect, and phenomena which do not express the qualities and purposes of Mind are causeless, hence unreal. The faithful acknowledgment of Mind's infinitude and the practice of identifying oneself as its incorporeal idea, separate from flesh but inseparable from Mind, has the effect of transforming one's consciousness and all that takes place in it. Material thinking is silenced before the understanding and love of Mind, and misconceptions then give place to spiritual verities.

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