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Arguing on the right side

From the September 24, 1979 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Sometimes, unconsciously, we argue against ourselves, against our own health and well-being. We do this when we adopt the matter-based arguments of negative mortal thought as our own.

But instead of being our own worst enemy, we can be a better friend to ourselves.

How? By arguing on the right side—that is, the side of God's omnipresence—far more consistently than we argue on the wrong. Then the time will ultimately come when we put ourselves only on the right side—the spiritually positive side—of our mental ledger.

We would take on mortal mind's arguments as our own should we think: "I suspect I'm getting worse; I felt a whole lot better yesterday." "This illness is going to be hard to heal." "A longtime Christian Scientist I know had the same problem, and I heard it took him weeks to work it out." Such arguments stem from the mortal view of man, not the spiritual view. Why take the wrong side, against our best interests? Why reinforce error by fighting alongside it instead of with Truth?

Mary Baker Eddy gives us this sound, usable advice: "If you wish to be happy, argue with yourself on the side of happiness; take the side you wish to carry, and be careful not to talk on both sides, or to argue stronger for sorrow than for joy. You are the attorney for the case, and will win or lose according to your plea." Christian Healing, p. 10; If we wish to be healthy, to live a constructive life, to be more contributive to others, then we should argue on the side of our capacity to be so and do so. If we simply yield to timidity, fear, uncertainty as to our ability to do good, and if we doubt we can demonstrate divine Life in healing, we have taken the wrong side of the case. We have become the attorney for mortal thought.

Elijah challenged his listeners to decide which side of the line they were on, that of matter or of Spirit. "How long halt ye between two opinions?" he asked. "If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." I Kings 18:21; For us to argue for mortal mind is to mesmerically choose Baal. To follow God is to stand with the absolute truth of God's omnipotence and man's unchanging perfection.

We choose momently which side we wish to carry. If we must believe that "at my present stage of spiritual understanding and growth I can't wholly take the side of God, Spirit, rather than matter," we can at least argue more strongly for Spirit than for matter! We should be the attorney for the Science of being. We should argue the case for the perfection of God, and the perfection of man in God's image. "He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son," I John 2:22; John said.

Mortal mind is served when we take in unquestioningly and unselectively all the material theories and pictures constantly bombarding us through the media. We serve mortal mind when we stand for its arguments, whether they relate to ourselves or to others. When we gossip, passing along morsels of personal information and misinformation (as gossip usually is) about neighbors and colleagues, we are responding to mortal mind's would-be aim of obsessing us with corporeal personalities and excluding Christlike thought. If tempted to gossip, we should be alert enough to stop ourselves short and to ask whether we really do want to follow Baal rather than God. If God, then let's not halt between two opinions, but follow Him, basing our thought on absolute scientific truths of God and His creation and not on personal sense.

"If we observe our mental processes, we shall find that we are perpetually arguing with ourselves," Mrs. Eddy says; "yet each mortal is not two personalities, but one." And she goes on, "In like manner good and evil talk to one another; yet they are not two but one, for evil is naught, and good only is reality." Unity of Good, p. 21. From the point of view of absolute Christian Science, there is never a case to be argued: God knows all there is to be known, and He knows only good. The only Mind there really is, is not at a crossroads, faced with choosing the track that leads to matter or the track that leads to Spirit. All that God made is ideal and flawless, and God knows it. He is our Mind. God's creation is perfect. It stays that way.

It is human thinking that engages in arguments. So long as there seems to be a consciousness apart from the divine (called human consciousness) there will be argument. Christian Science gives us the spiritual and absolute premises from which to argue for health, contentment, fearlessness, and against disease and disorder of all kinds, until we wholly accept the omnipresence of Mind.

God does not give the real man the capacity to argue falsely—or the need to argue at all. He bestows on man the infinite capacity to testify only of His endless goodness. And this is exactly what man is always doing.

Emphatically, we should watch our mental processes. It should be clear to any thoughtful individual that the way we think has tremendous bearing on our actions and on the character of our whole life. In the fullness of its revelation of true being, Christian Science leads us to the realization that there is only one Mind, God. Mind is eternally conscious of its own glory and perfection. Man fully represents Mind. When our arguments are based on such facts, then we are indubitably arguing on the right side.

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