"STAND PORTER AT THE DOOR OF THOUGHT"

Many of the facts of being which Christ Jesus taught were so contrary to the beliefs and so far above the understanding of the times in which he lived that he found it necessary to pierce the unenlightened minds of his listeners with parables, thus making an entrance for the truths he taught.

Mrs. Eddy, faithful disciple of Jesus, made skillful use of simile and metaphor. On page 392 of the textbook, Science and Health, she counsels: "Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously." In concluding the paragraph she writes: "Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance."

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