[Original in Afrikaans]

A Letter from South Africa

I am immensely grateful that Christian Science enables us—whatever pictures the human mind presents as real—to think of every individual as the spiritual idea of God, His likeness, perfect and harmonious, untouched by anything but good. This truth I understand to be the power that makes us the light of the world and the salt of the earth that Christ Jesus referred to in his Sermon on the Mount. "Ye are the salt of the earth .... Ye are the light of the world," Matt. 5:13, 14; he said. And Mrs. Eddy comments, "Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory." Science and Health, p. 367.

In daily life the human mind often presents to our eyes discordant pictures. The intent is to convince us that God, good, is not All and all-powerful, but that other powers in the guise of lack, sickness, and sin are existent as well. This is when students of Christian Science find their religion so helpful. By reasoning from divine Principle, as Science teaches, they can filter their thoughts. They can reject and eliminate the errors and keep only the truth in their consciousness.

Errors are detected by determining whether or not our thoughts come from God, good, the divine Principle, or creator, of all. We may ask ourselves, Do my thoughts really reflect the qualities of the one perfect Father? An honest answer will help us see what needs to be eliminated from thought and how to live in accord with divine law—being good, doing good, and accepting only the thoughts that are good.

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