A Great deal of time is spent by mankind in idle and unprofitable thinking. Some thoughts are probably passing through one's mind all of the time. They may possibly be harmless human thoughts, but often they are not. They may be critical or unloving thoughts or those tinted by regrets over past experiences or by fear of the future. Perhaps less frequently than should be the case are they thoughts based upon the eternal, all-perfect, and ever-present facts of spiritual being—the only true being—which Christian Science reveals.

When one considers the extent to which it generally is conceded that thought influences one's life for good or ill, is it not important that he should strive to keep his thinking acceptable in God's sight? To keep one's thinking in relation with highest good does not mean attempting to hide from error. To recognize constantly man's inseparable relationship with the highest good is the most effective way of destroying error and, in fact, the only way. Error is a belief only. When one knows the truth, the erroneous belief has no chance of survival. One does not merely ignore error; he knows the truth, and the truth makes free from whatever the error appears to be.

According to the book of Genesis, a voice spoke to Adam while he was in the garden of Eden and asked him (3:9), "Where art thou?" In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy comments on this scene. She says that the voice of Truth, which is heard above the noise, the darkness, and the confusion of error, still sends forth the same call. She, however, interprets Truth's question impersonally as asking (pp. 307, 308): "'Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?"'

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December 15, 1956

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