Our Divine Author

One outstanding character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is Portia, a woman of great charm, undoubted integrity, and high intellect. Where did Portia live? In Venice? In Padua? No, she lived in the mind of her author, who had created her. She could only do, and be, and express what the mind of her author caused her to do, and be, and express. Even her immortal speech on mercy, which she described as "an attribute to God himself," was really the utterance of her author, although it seemed to come from her own lips.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man." Science and Health, p. 29;

Where does man live? In the Mind of his author—in the divine Mind which is his author—nowhere else. What does man do? He does that which the one Mind, his author, causes him to do— nothing else. Why? Because he is an idea conceived solely by the one Father-Mother God. In reality, we cannot step outside the Mind of our author and express anything that is not in that perfect Mind, any more than Portia could step outside the mind of Shakespeare and be something he had not created.

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See Evidence of the Christ in Others
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