"Right reasoning"

Mrs. Eddy tells us, "For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence." Science and Health, p. 492; Christ Jesus reasoned from this standpoint. His many wonderful works were proofs of the practicality of reasoning along this line.

At one time he asked the scribes and Pharisees, "What reason ye in your hearts?" Luke 5:22; We might find this question worthy of individual consideration. Would it sometimes seem as if we are unaware of reasoning incorrectly? Perhaps we attempt merely to analyze human experience; perhaps we wonder why another is confronted with a particular problem, or we think we know why he is. As for ourselves, perhaps we may be thinking of a discordant condition as real and struggling to find what erroneous thought we can possibly be entertaining that may be causing it. Mrs. Eddy gives us the helpful reminder: "We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings—our efforts to find life and truth in matter—and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God." Science and Health, p. 262;

In every discordant situation the same error persists: the belief that man is less than the image and likeness of God, that he was born into matter and is therefore a mortal being. Jesus said of the devil, or mortal mind, the supposititious originator of this erroneous suggestion, "There is no truth in him." John 8:44; Thus, even if we acknowledge that what appears to be a material condition is actually only a mental suggestion, "right reasoning" demands that we go higher.

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