When a child first enters school he takes the teacher's statements for granted. When she says two times two equals four, he assumes it must be true. Later in his study of arithmetic he finds tables and rules that he must learn and use. Then he begins to understand why two times two equals four. His problem must be worked out according to these rules or he will make mistakes. And not till he can prove his answer correct through understanding the rules will it be accepted. The musician first learns the rules governing music, then practices long hours to perfect his technique according to the fundamentals already established. He does not invent the rules, but makes use of them through understanding them.

The application of divine Science through understanding goes much deeper. Mary Baker Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 303): "Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, —Life, Truth, and Love,—and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science." The Bible and Science and Health unfold the truths we need in order to solve every problem, no matter how complex.

Mind unfolds the understanding that since God, good, is infinite, evils of every kind—however strong they seem to be—are lies, dream shadows from which we need to awaken. They have only the power we choose to give them. Let us turn away from their fictitious claims and look toward divine Principle. Let us quiet the clamor of mortal mind by knowing the nothingness of all evil. We can do this as we gain a deep, firm conviction of God's complete authority over the universe and man. The only man there is, is God's child, His image and likeness, dwelling forever in the consciousness of Love. This truth stands as a rock which cannot be moved. The storms of life cannot touch it; and we can abide in its security.

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