Self-knowledge and Self-control

The teachings of Christian Science show the important part self-knowledge plays if one is to obtain the full fruition of Mind-healing. No one can truly know himself as long as he believes himself to be a mortal, however personally good. Why? Because the so-called mortal mind is a state of self-deception or self-ignorance—the exact opposite of self-knowledge.

When he was addressed as "good Master," Christ Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God" (Matt. 19:17). And Paul advised everyone "not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think" (Rom. 12:3). The only true basis for self-knowledge is in the recognition of man as an idea in the divine Mind, as the image and likeness of God.

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