A High School Student Writes

Using Divine Power

Christian Science declares that God is All. He fills all space, and there is no power apart from God because there is no room for another power. When there seems to be something wrong in our daily lives, it is only the carnal, or mortal, mind trying to convince us that evil has power. How can evil have any power, since God is the only power? Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, "Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God's government." Science and Health, p. 393; God, the governor, is divine Mind; and man, the governed, is the emanation of God.

In the Glossary of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy gives one meaning of Mind as "not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression." p. 591; And Mrs. Eddy's definition of "mortal mind," which begins on the same page, reads in part, "A belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter; the opposite of Spirit, and therefore the opposite of God, or good." Which of these two definitions do we want to follow? Being the expression of God, man can live only within the realm of the divine Mind. So we can accept the true fact and respond to divine Mind, not mortal mind.

July 29, 1967

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