Positive Thinking

Positive thinking as ordinarily practiced has its virtues. It is better than a negative state of mind, which is destructive. But Christian Science shows that unless positive thinking—or any other kind of thinking—has its basis in divine Spirit, Truth, God, it becomes merely a human exercise without a reliable purpose or a certain outcome. Often so-called positive thinking attempts to control matter, and it thus loses its positive intention because matter is negative in the first place. Matter denies Spirit since it has none of the attributes of Spirit: infinity, harmony, intelligence, indestructibility, love, wisdom.

Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Neither the substance nor the manifestation of Spirit is obtainable through matter. Spirit is positive. Matter is Spirit's contrary, the absence of Spirit." Then she adds, "For positive Spirit to pass through a negative condition would be Spirit's destruction." Science and Health, p. 173;

In Praise of Fair Play
January 11, 1969

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