Christian Science teaches that God is ever present. This being so, the conclusion is that we live in the presence of God. Christian Science also teaches that God is intelligence; therefore we live perpetually in the presence of intelligence. The carnal or mortal mind claims to be intelligent. The carnal mind is contradictory. It appears to work in two ways: one seemingly good and the other evil; one apparently intelligent, the other nonintelligent. Thus it cannot prove itself intelligence, because it is obvious that such a claim would be absurd.

Intelligent action is good and wise; therefore it does not originate in mortal mind at all, but with the divine Mind. All good, all intelligence, all life, is vested in the one Mind, God. We can, in truth, know nothing that God does not know, nor can we retain in memory anything of which God, good, is not conscious. The pictures of past sufferings, sins, afflictions, and fears are fictitious and erasable because they are not in the Mind which is God. A helpful conclusion to this thought is that sin or disease, when destroyed by Truth, cannot re-enter the Truth-filled consciousness. One might as well say that darkness can invade light as to believe that sin or sickness can return to the one who has been touched by the light of Christ and thus regenerated.

Consciousness of truth, or true consciousness, is substantial. It is interesting to note the way in which Mary Baker Eddy couples the term substance with intelligence. For example, she says in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 275): "All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God."

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