One of the chief
postulates in divine Science is that one divine idea is not, and cannot be, at
war with another, all expressing the same one, harmonizing Spirit that is God,
the one Principle that empowers good, the one Love that is the light of the
universe, the one Mind that is Intelligence. Christian Science heals on this
foundation. But when private thought says no to the divine order and puts itself
outside the sphere of Spirit and at war with it and regresses into idiocy and
experiences of discord and the loss of satisfaction and the harmony in living.
Disease is one our come, violence and social collapse is another. Greed is a
state of being at war with the divine order, a private war the results in
emptiness. If this course is not reversed civilization collapses into this
emptiness and society into the chaos of a new dark age that few might survive.
The scientific platform for healing is the same as in this case as in the case
of disease. The divine order is good. One divine idea is not at war with
another. If human living does not reflect this erroneous postulates have been
interposed. By their resulting emptiness and collapse of good, such as the loss
of health, the causative errors can be detected in Science and be replaced with
the Truth inherent is spiritual ideas. The process is simple, but in the
wilderness of conflicting private mortal thought the simple concepts become
convoluted with layers upon layers of errors. In this complex, one stands alone
with God, and more so at the leading edge of Science.
The manual element, Board
of Education presents an interesting point here in that it represents a limit to what
formal education can convey. The highest degree that the Board of Education can award
is a bachelor degree. Beyond that one invariably alone with God, the source of
all right ideas and the perception of them. Mary Baker Eddy
suggested that a doctor-type degree can be taken in the Massachusetts
Metaphysical College that she founded and had made an auxiliary to her church,
that she remains the President of in perpetuity, but no person teaches there.
Wouldn't personal teaching limit the horizon to what a teacher would see? So how
do we advance in the infinite realm? The teacher here can only be limitless
Mind. All human advances have unfolded in the court of infinite Mind reflecting
the Intelligence that is reflected in the universe, and us included. Doesn't
this open endless horizons. But how to implement this in a human world? If the
footsteps are taken honestly and the unfolding world is boundless in nature we
tend to be on the right course. Spirit is boundless. Mind is boundless. If we
find our being in these dimensions we are on course. Christ Jesus gave us a good
example, but like an Olymic runner on a relay course he has handed the torch of
divine Science to us. Today, its highest manifestation in this limitless domain
is Christian Science, and it is our task to keep it limitless..
Mary Baker Eddy's
textbook chapter, Christian Science Practice, is the largest chapter in the
textbook. This fact may reflect the scope of the challenge, and also perhaps the
severity of the spiritual challenge in the dimension of economics
where mankind is determined to pursue a course apart from the substance of
Spirit placing its economic foundation into the swamp of monetarism. No
structure being built there can stand. Thus, civilization is disintegrating.
Sure, countless efforts are being made to rebuild the collapsing structures as
they fall, on the same foundation. If this goes on long enough society
disintegrates in the cataclysm of this failure, or it takes some 'daring' steps
and builds on the foundation of Spirit. Of course, we will find that when these
steps are taken, the actual footsteps will turn out to be rather simple and
amazingly workable, and creatively effective.