A LAW TO ONESELF

With tender insight of the needs of her followers and with superb wisdom, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 442), "Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake." So important did Mrs. Eddy deem this admonition that in her book "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," she twice calls the attention of her followers thereto, exhorting them to give it daily heed (see pp. 236 and 237).

The questions then arise, How may we be a law to ourselves? And, What kind of a law shall it be? One of the first things the student of Christian Science learns is that the power his new-found understanding of God confers upon him can never be used from selfish motives or for sordid purposes. Our great Exemplar, Christ Jesus, proved this as an object lesson for humanity when at the outset of his glorious ministry he thrice rebuked and overcame the aggressive suggestions of evil, which would have perverted his motives and extinguished his demonstration of the Christ.

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