Unopinionated Mind

If we feel overwhelmed by other people's opinions, if their negative predictions seem oppressive or their gossip distasteful, what can we do? Do we take all this in and begin to believe that our world or a certain individual is going rapidly downhill? Wouldn't we be wise instead to heed the Bible admonition, "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; ... ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's"? Deut. 1:17;

This does not mean we should not heed the well-intended views of friends, relatives, fellow workers. Often the good expressed by others opens the way to a needed solution. It is erroneous speaking and thinking based on mortal theories that we are wise to reject. Mrs. Eddy writes, "Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science." Science and Health, pp. 273-274;

Christian Science explains that God, Mind, knows only the perfection and purity of His own spiritual creation. The Bible describes God as being "of purer eyes than to behold evil." Hab. 1:13; God is the only cause, the only creator, the one Mind. "He is in one mind," the Bible declares, "and who can turn him?" Job 23:13.

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Being All We Can Be
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