What Are We Entertaining?

When we invite guests into our home, we go to some lengths to make them feel welcome. Usually, too, we exercise some care in choosing our guests. We would not knowingly admit thieves. Much less would we extend to them our hospitality.

But what of the thoughts that we entertain? In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes, "Disease is always induced by a false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed." Science and Health, p. 411; This sentence immediately follows her statement, "The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin." The false beliefs of fear, ignorance, and sin can cause no ill effects when we recognize their falsity and refuse to entertain them. We destroy their seeming power when we dismiss them as aggressive mental suggestions, devoid of reality and unworthy of admission to our consciousness.

Man, the very emanation of God, Mind, reflects the infinite divine Mind. Having no mind apart from God, he includes in consciousness only those things that are of God. Recognizing this, we can refuse to be deceived or victimized by any false beliefs, whether they claim to operate as cause, through such channels as fear, ignorance, or sin, or as effect, through manifestations of disease or any other form of error. All cause and effect originate in God, and God is boundless good. Anything unlike God is a false sense, which has no power to attach itself to man.

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July 17, 1976

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