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Christian Science Review, 10

We read in 21st Century Science and Health.

Question. What is Mind?

Answer. Mind is God. The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind. To suppose there is an opposite to infinite Mind—called devil or mindless evil—is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if human beings claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, all that opposes infinite Mind would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the perception of infinitude when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place where all presence is God.

We lose the exalted significance of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil.  To think that there is more than one mind is pernicious, destructive to divine theology, and on par with ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Parent, God, all people would be family, with one Mind, good. The family would consist of Love and Truth and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the presence of Life as infinite Truth without an unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever present and universal.

Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: If God, or good, is real then the unlikeness of Life, Truth, and Love is unreal. Any unlikeness to God can only seem real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind. How can good lapse into bad, when God, the Mind of person, never falters? The standard of perfection was originally God and God’s image, or offspring. Has God’s standard been lowered, and has God’s image fallen? Or did the human concept of God fall?

God is the creator of person, and because the divine Principle of person remains complete, the divine idea or reflection, person, remains complete. Our real identity is the expression of God’s being. If there ever was a moment when person did not express the divine, then there was moment when person did not express God, and consequently a time when God was unexpressed—that is, without entity. If spiritual being lost perfection, then God’s idea lost its perfect Principle, and our existence was a myth.

The relationship between God and person, divine Principle and idea, is indestructible in Science, and Science knows no drifting from or return to harmony but holds the divine relationship or spiritual law in which God and all creation is complete, eternal, and remaining unchanged in its eternal history.

The unlikeness of Truth—named error—the opposite of Science and the evidence before the five corporeal senses, offer no sign of the grand facts of spiritual being. But don’t fret, because even though our human senses feel no evidence that our earth is spinning rapidly through space, we still learned the truth through science and can understand the cosmos.

The facts of divine Science should be admitted, although their evidence is not supported by evil, by that which possesses mass, or by physical senses. The evidence that God and individuals coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. An individual is and forever has been God’s reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power, no other presence. The spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation. “Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar.”[1]

Think on this:

To understand divine Mind requires a shake-down. Mind can’t be understood intellectually, certainly not by the human mind. Knowledge and experience, whether asked for or not, inevitably spotlights the magnification of divine Mind and self-destruction of mindless stuff.

Reread Mark 15 and 16, John 19 and 20.

Read in Science and Health’s chapter, Glossary, the definitions for “Burial,” “Devil,” “Human Mind (Mortal Mind, in Eddy’s book),” “Matter,” “Mind,” and “Resurrection.”

Did Christ Jesus stay true to divine ideals, which in turn allowed dead-end ideals to bury themselves? Did Jesus’ perceptions of divine Mind touch and bless others? Now, let’s look at how divine Mind’s action is repeated today.

Take a few minutes to learn or refresh your knowledge of the Twin Towers 9/11 attack in New York City.

On a full page, write down answers to these questions. How has that horrible 9/11 event spotlighted the power of divine Mind? How can we let evil bury itself in regard to the 9/11 event?

Does divine Mind know evil? Or does divine Mind, expressed through un-lapsing spiritual power, replace the empty beliefs in human stereotypes?

We must put our weight on the side of mindful awareness and not join those who can’t divide Mind’s attributes and human mind’s reactions, especially its reaction to stereotype. The 9/11 event, hopefully, spotlights the poise and equilibrium of divine Mind while replacing the extremisms of human mind.

Now, let’s look at divine Mind’ presence in less extreme circumstances.

Read Harvard Gazette’s October 2018 interview of Professor Ellen Langer, titled, Ellen Langer’s State of Mindfulness.

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/10/ellen-langer-talks-mindfulness-health/

Langer’s statements show a community willing to value mind as equal to body. And why not? Since human mind and body are one. Langer amplifies the ideas of equality and oneness by depicting a picture of people and health professionals working together equally.

Our own scientific experiences also can value oneness and health, in that, we judge rightly, with poise and equilibrium. For example, although God has empowered us to heal metaphysically, that doesn’t mean God empowered us to heal solely through prayer. Prayer is another human method like using medicines. Metaphysics involves intelligence and working together equally. Metaphysics involves divine Mind.

[1] Rom. 3:4 (Amplified)

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Reviewing Christian Science, 3

Q. Is there more than one God or Principle?

A. There is not more than one God. Principle and its idea are one, and this one is God—omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. Therefore, God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence. God’s reflection is child (man and woman) and the universe. The diverse manifestations of divine Science indicate Mind, never human mind, and have one Principle.—21st Century Science and Health

 

Think of this: A classic and Biblical definition of Principle is as follows; In a general sense, the cause, source or origin of any thing; that from which a thing proceeds; as the principle of motion; the principles of action.

One Principle, or one God, isn’t intended to divide as if one is better than another. One is one-and-only yet inclusive.

To have one God, one Mind, offers human beings a more unified way of processing thoughts. Typically, we process thoughts in our own way according to our beliefs and backgrounds. However, to have one Mind, shows the promise that we can offset our differences by recognizing the unique and inclusive mind of God.

When religious leaders asked Jesus the Christ by what authority he did the things he did, Jesus asked them, “John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”

The church leaders wouldn’t answer because they’d have to admit their hypocrisy and desire for human approval.

“[The church leaders] discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”—Mark 11:31-33

So, Jesus didn’t answer their first question. He wasn’t interest in one-upping someone else, he was interested in doing the will of one God.

One Principle keeps the competitive spirit healthy, we can be a good-sport. One Principle paves the way for fair compromises between partners. One Principle shares principled behavior and thoughts.

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