The Only Basis of Demonstration

Given some understanding of Christian Science, it's natural to wish to prove it decisively. To prove Christian Science at all, there is one essential element that must underlie the demonstration. This necessity is simple in statement, though it may seem more difficult in application. Yet the demonstration of Science is easier the more we put our understanding on a correct foundation. Mary Baker Eddy tells us, "Spirit is infinite; therefore Spirit is all. 'There is no matter' is not only the axiom of true Christian Science, but it is the only basis upon which this Science can be demonstrated." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 357;

The belief that Spirit is not all, that there is some place within Spirit where matter exists, or that Spirit exists outside of matter is not the basis from which we can demonstrate Christian Science and repeat today, in some measure, the works of Christ Jesus. Regardless of the problem facing us, belief in matter is inevitably an aspect of it. To have even a momentary conviction of the entireness of Spirit, accompanied by the concomitant certainty that matter is nothing and nowhere, is to be oblivious to matter and to problems, and this has a corrective effect.

The Value of Trustworthiness
September 21, 1974

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