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Do You Feel Inferior or Superior?

From the August 19, 1967 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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Quite often I hear these and similar remarks: "I'm not comfortable with him," "I seem susceptible to discordant situations that are occurring in my environment," "I'm not good at that," "I'm unable to overcome that erroneous tendency," "I seem subject to that ailment." According to the Science of being, the reverse of every one of these statements is true. Moreover, there is danger in succumbing to any limiting belief of incapability, for such a state of thought hinders progress, leads to excuses instead of accomplishments, to postponed action instead of fruition, and may contribute to illnesses.

The demand of Christian Science is that you entertain a right concept of yourself as God's infinite idea. Error may argue that you are inferior or that you are unable to master an ailment, but this is a wrong viewpoint. It is not you but the false belief in sickness that is inferior, because it is subject to the truth you know. And erring belief always lies when it calls itself you. After all, you really are interested not in how long an illness or an error claims presence, not in how unjust or frightening it may seem, but in how unreal it is. Divine wisdom makes clear that you need take no action, be moved to no decision, from a standpoint of inadequacy or inferiority.

There is no limitation; in fact, nothing negative in divine being. God, Soul, doesn't know inability, weakness, or inferiority, and you, as actually His likeness, cannot. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, declares, "Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit." Science and Health, p. 477; An infinite Mind must be fully and perfectly expressed. It couldn't withhold a portion of its ideas from any one of its children or give more to one than to another. Each is a complete representation of infinite Mind.

Each child of God is necessary and important. Divine Love nourishes, sustains, and prospers His ideas and endows each one with harmonious, fruitful activity. God's man is not material or separated from his source, but ever at one with Deity and subordinate to Him alone. He is immune to the negative, limiting beliefs, apparently so rife in the atmosphere of human thought.

Do you believe you are superior to others? If you do, hear these words of Peter: "God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.... Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Acts 10:28, 34, 35;

A belief in superiority is a belief in a finite, personal mind of your own and always indicates limitation, for Mind is one, reflected by all God's children. A belief in superiority really limits the individual. It prevents him from seeing another as the complete idea of his source, God. If you believe you are superior to someone else, you feel that he is inferior. Consequently, you are believing in inferiority, and your belief may be externalized in your experience. You are also ascribing inferiority to Deity, making Him responsible for it. Paul thus sums it up: "He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." I Thess. 4:8; How much better to see everyone as in conscious possession of the unlimited possibilities accorded him by his creator!

Some claim to have a superior understanding, way beyond others, a vision that no one else has seen. As understood in Christian Science, every idea, every truth, or spiritual fact, is universal. It belongs to every child of God, for being a right idea, each individual already includes it. God blesses all without limit or restriction, and one progresses Spiritward when he acknowledges that every child of God represents the full and complete nature of infinite Mind, although each one does this in an individual way.

Thoughts of oneself as superior are dangerous, for they tend to obscure or justify error instead of seeing through its assumed front and destroying it. Many people who assume superiority humanly actually have a sense of inferiority because they are trying to hide some defect.

Again, egotism prevents one from learning and progressing. Egotistical people do not face and overcome their own errors which cloak or mask inferiority. Consequently, they do not rid themselves of the physical troubles to which these errors have contributed.

A feeling of superiority may encourage the undesirable trait of domination. Again, it may lead to unbridled arrogance, which conceals or suppresses mistakes or weaknesses. Christ Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in uncovering this type of thinking. A sense of superiority has been known to give vent to certain-to-be-regretted displays of temper, used at the time to conceal inadequacy or a sense of frustration.

One who is conscious of himself as the son of the omniscient One, as a complete idea of God, and of everyone else as the idea of infinite Mind will not be beset with the harmful tendency of feeling superior to his fellowmen. And those who feel justified in waxing indignant (although of course, there is no such thing as righteous indignation) have failed to pierce error's claim with the spiritual discernment that sees error as unreal, not belonging to a person.

While no one is superior to his fellowmen, every child of God is superior to error and sickness, and Mrs. Eddy admonishes us so to regard ourselves. She writes: "To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's relation to God,—to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation." Science and Health, p. 231;

So you are not inferior or superior to your fellowmen. On the other hand, you are superior to every phase of limitation, fear, or sickness. And every phase of limitation, fear, or sickness is inferior or subject to you, equipped through Science with the knowledge of man as Mind's spiritual idea. The Bible says of man, "Thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet." Hebr. 2:7, 8.

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