The student of Christian Science is soon aware that intelligence, the intelligence actually available for him and others, is far better than he had supposed. For example, he reads in the Christian Science text-book (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 469) that "intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence." Whatever his own experience may have seemed to be, he sees he is being assured here that the real intelligence knows no unanswered questions or unsolved problems, because it is omniscient; that it cannot be frustrated or with-out the needed power under any conditions, because it is omnipotent; and that, being omnipresent, it cannot be absent anywhere.

Elsewhere in the same book he is assured that intelligence is Mind, or God, who is perfect, infinite, and altogether good, and that he, the student, like everyone else, is not merely in a position to call on this divine intelligence and have it come to his aid on occasion, but that in his real being he is its direct and perfect expression. And he is assured that these joyful facts are demonstrable, step by step, in his human experience.

It becomes apparent to the student that intelligence, according to Christian Science, is not only of better quality than he had thought, but broader in scope. He notes the reasonableness of the teaching that it is the one thing required for the healing of disease. Disease, he reads in the textbook, being unlike God, infinite good, a false belief, a mere misapprehension of reality, genuine and stubborn as it may have seemed to human sense; hence in the presence of the true intelligence, claimed and demonstrated as one's own, it naturally vanishes with all its apparent evidences. The student readily follows also the teaching of the book that evils of all kinds are scientifically disposed of in the same way, in accordance with the words of Christ Jesus (John 8:32), "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

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