In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, Abraham's journey to the promised land is described in a few brief but important sentences. One of them reads (verse 10), "He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." When we understand God to be a builder, or Maker, we realize that the action of divinity is always constructive, never destructive. When our thoughts reflect God, they express the constructiveness of their source, divine Mind, and there is no harmful element in them. Such constructive thinking blesses everyone concerned and demonstrates harmony and health, which are natural to man.

Mary Baker Eddy teaches her followers how to overcome the destructive action of sin and disease by ruling out ignorant and negative thoughts and replacing them with intelligent, ever-unfolding ideas derived from creative Mind. She says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 428), "We should consecrate existence, not 'to the unknown God' whom we 'ignorantly worship,' but to the eternal builder, the everlasting Father, to the Life which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy." The thoughts we entertain determine our happiness, our success, our health—our destiny. Our thoughts enter into every minute detail of our environment and of our physical condition. They represent either divine Mind, "the eternal builder," or the carnal mind, which Christ Jesus described as "a murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44) and which Christian Science defines as unreal and mortal, as the negation of all that is true.

Murderer implies destructive action; whereas creator implies constructive action. In this contrast we come upon one of the most valuable and enlightening contributions which the Scriptures make to Christian wisdom. To adopt this analysis and to apply it in practical ways call for constant watchfulness. Often a decided transformation of character is required, for negativeness claims to possess those who are not alert to its subtlety. No doubt every unpleasant human experience is the result of negativeness; and spiritual positiveness corrects these human errors.

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April 28, 1956

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