SELFHOOD AND SELF-DISCIPLINE

The victory over sin and sickness is not secured without an effort. By striving we overcome, and prayerful effort we conquer. Speaking of striving for the facts of being, Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 323), "This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good."

We conquer error by a knowledge of God and by overcoming a false sense of self. A Latin proverb says, "He conquers who conquers himself." Self-discipline is necessary to overcome evil beliefs and destroy wrong tendencies. There is no short cut to heaven. We attain the kingdom of God by individual self-discipline, reason, conscience, and revelation.

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