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.

Many times I am faced with a problem which I am not able to cope with as I should like to. Everyone has this happen to him. But even under these circumstances we are able to demonstrate the power of divine Mind over error. Mrs. Eddy says, "Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself." p. 385; Therefore we can deny the seeming power that mortal mind is trying to tell us exists and, knowing that God empowers us to do so, continue on with our normal daily activities. We can claim the right to do what God intends us to do and what Christ Jesus shows us how to do—express Love and be Godlike in all our ways.

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