An excerpt from the modern abridged version of the chapter Footsteps of Truth:
Whatever and whoever is controlled by God is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life. Socrates (470 BC-399 BC), Stephen (Acts 7:57-60), William Tyndale (1494-1536), Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the list goes on, understood the superiority and immortality of good. These venerable people who put their faith in Soul and spurn physical timidity prove their immortality even if the stubbornness and malice of the crowd try to kill them.
Psychology or the medical field may inform us that the healing work of Christian Science comes through the human mind however the healing work only comes through divine Mind. The scientific and permanent remedy for any problem is to learn the power of Mind over the body or over any condition that couldn’t have possibly come from Love. Scientific methods are superior to any therapy juxtaposed with the human mind and body. “From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.”
Sin and sickness are difficult to heal for many reasons:
- The human mind is the sinner, disinclined to self-correction;
- We believe the body can be sick independently of human mind;
- We believe divine Mind intervenes on a whim;
- We doubt God is willing or able to heal;
- We have more faith in temporal drugs or physical manipulation;
- We believe other people can do our work for us; or we want to do other people’s work for them.
Consider for a moment and find something you absolutely would not do, e.g. hunt, steal, abuse, kill, be an atheist, etc. and then apply that conviction to sickness. You can treat a belief in sickness with as sudden a dismissal as you do to kill. We can dismiss weariness, sorrow, pain, gluttony, hate and so on as we admit Mind is the supreme, absolute, and final power.
Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this period, but we can look for a decrease in these problems. Science includes no rule of disorder but governs harmoniously. Instinct is better than misguided reason. The human mind, when not inspirited by Truth, will correct some errors but not the errors they favor such as repeating out-grown but beloved formalities. Just because you master one problem doesn’t mean you can neglect to master other beliefs, even if you deem the belief harmless or true.
Feasting or fasting, along with any other self-indulgent activity, must be dismissed. Food should not be given more power than God. Let Truth regenerate the fleshly mind and feed thought with the bread of Life. The only diet that works is the diet that follows a plan involving honesty, wisdom, hard-work, and balance. “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
The greater does not go into the lesser. Spirit is greater than matter therefore Spirit is not in matter. Eternal Life is greater than human life therefore Life is not in human life. God is our Life.
What is Truth? The efforts of some ology to answer this question are vain. Only spiritual reason and free thought will meet face-to-face the divine Science that is enlightening humanity with truth.