An Outline of Christian Science by Peter Ross

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   An Outline of Christian Science – 1931 Peter V. Ross, C.S.B. More and more in these days are we transferring all things to the mental realm. Christian Science puts disease there, along with evil, and insists that disease, instead of being a physical condition, instead of being a stubborn reality, is a belief or an illusion of the human mind, which the truth will cure.What is the truth that will cure any person of his suffering? Simply this: God has made man perfect and maintains him in perfection; and whenever any individual, whatever his suffering may be, begins to grasp the fact that God has fashioned him in perfection, he will necessarily begin to drop his belief of distress and lay hold of strength and health.  Perfection of Man It is inconceivable that God should have made anything imperfect. Flaws in the universe would bring the universe to an end. And the perfect man under consideration is not away off in the clouds. He is not a man yet to be born or come into existence. The perfect man is here and now, and you are that man.Not your outward physical self. Confessedly he is imperfect enough. The perfect man is your spiritual self, the man God has made you. Your supposed physical self is really not a man, is really not you. It is the human mind's mistaken sense of you. As you begin to realize that God has created you in spiritual perfection, and hold to this realization as best you can, and repudiate the suggestions of evil and sickness as lying and illusory, the mistaken sense of yourself as material and mortal begins to melt away and pass out of your experience and the true sense of yourself as spiritual and free comes out more and more in your experience.Then it is that your health gets better, your morals improve, your intellectual faculties expand, and your capacity for doing things enlarges, because you are commencing to find yourself, you are getting acquainted with the genuine man God has made you.Several months ago a woman visiting relatives in a distant city found one of her knees so painful that she could scarcely get around the house. While she was in this condition her relatives induced her one evening to attend a Christian an-outline-of-christian-science-1931-by-peter-v-ross-csb-12pgs.odt 1 OF 12  Science lecture. She was decidedly interested in the discourse, and the next morning discovered herself moving about in perfect freedom. Her knee was all right. It had been so, she then realized, from the moment the lecture closed. In order to make quite sure of her healing she walked up and down a flight of stairs and found her knee equal to the test. The truths she absorbed at the lecture had accomplished their work. They had aroused her from the dream or illusion of fear and helplessness which had enveloped her and brought her out into a recognition of the harmony and freedom which God designs for every one of us.  Nature of Deity We used to think of God, at least most of us did, as a man magnified, a sort of king occupying a throne beyond the clouds. But in the light of Christian Science we see that God is divine Mind. Why do we say He is Mind? Because He knows all things and is present everywhere, and there is nothing but Mind that can be all-knowing and everywhere present. And when we think of God as Mind we immediately think of Him as Life also, because Mind and Life are essentially the same. And associated with Mind and Life is Love. These three are inextricably identified with one another, and they are, as you know, the Christian Science names for God.They are the Scriptural names for Him also, because as you read the New Testament carefully you find that it defines God as Spirit, Love, Mind, Life - all in accordance with Principle, that is, perfect, unerring, eternal. You do not find Principle in the Bible as a name for God. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has given us that expression. At first you may say that Principle is not an adequate term for Deity. This is because you are accustomed to think of principle as mindless and inanimate. But Principle in its full sense is intelligent and living. Indeed divine Principle is nothing less than Mind, Life, and Love creating and sustaining all of God's creatures, man included.When you conceive of God as Mind, Life, Love, Principle, you at once see that He is everywhere and that you are always in His presence. I know a woman who for years was almost an invalid. One morning, while in unusual distress, she picked up a book one of her friends had left with her the day before and read for a few minutes until she came to a sentence something like this: If you realize the presence of God this realization will destroy disease. She put the book aside because these words arrested her attention. She tried to get the meaning, the significance of the words. She reasoned somewhat like an-outline-of-christian-science-1931-by-peter-v-ross-csb-12pgs.odt 2 OF 12  this: If God is everywhere, and I know that He is, then He is right where this pain and weakness seem to be; and if God is there those things are not there.  Almost immediately she felt freer and stronger. In a short time she was well.What was this woman doing while thus reverently and intensely declaring the absence of disease and the presence of God, the presence of Life harmonious? She was giving herself a Christian Science treatment. There's nothing mysterious about a Christian Science treatment. It consists, for the most part, in realizing the presence of God and the necessary absence of disease or imperfection of any sort.  Presence of God The presence of God! How seldom do we consider what this means! The presence of God as Life means the absence of disease, means that God is your Life, and therefore that your life is unfettered and uncontaminated. Disease and mortality are the illusions and dreams of the human mind, which are broken up and dissipated when you are aroused to the fact that actually you are an expression of boundless and eternal Life.The presence of God as Mind means that really there is only one Mind, and that this Mind, as Paul declares, asserts itself through you, giving you the vision to penetrate the illusions of suffering and evil and equipping you with the ability to go out into the world and make your life useful and successful.The presence of God as Principle means that your genuine self is a man of Principle, not a faltering, sickly, frightened mortal. Nothing finer than this can be said of you. A ray of light coming from the sun brings with it all the elements or qualities of the sun. So man, emanating from God, brings with him and possesses God's qualities. The divine qualities, then, are all assembled in your real self, making your true self a man of Principle, a man of divine intelligence, a man of imperishable Life. This is the great truth which, so far as you discern it, will set you free.God must express Himself. Otherwise He would be practically nonexistent. And He expresses Himself in individual men and women. Mind, Life, Love, find expression in you. Thereby your spiritual self becomes God's witness, a witness to limitless intelligence, everlasting Life, measureless Love. In the language of Genesis man is the image and likeness of God; and Mrs. Eddy declares on page 516 of her great book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures , Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the an-outline-of-christian-science-1931-by-peter-v-ross-csb-12pgs.odt 3 OF 12  earth. Now we must keep in mind that the man endowed with freedom and dominion, the perfect man we here have under consideration, is not physical man.Christian Science claims neither perfection nor permanence for him. What we call physical man is really not man but only the human mind's distorted picture of man, for the human mind has a dull, blurred vision and does not see man as God has made him. Your supposed physical self, with its heaviness and limitation and disease, is not actually you but the erroneous human sense of you, and as you gain the true sense of yourself you necessarily lose the false sense. This is what Paul styles putting off the old man and putting on the new.How near God is after all! How inseparable from every one of us! You have striven to find Him. You have striven to find the genuine man - you believe He made you. And all the time God has been at hand. All the time your perfect self (though not confined to any limited area because spiritual man is unrestricted) has been here, right where your imperfect, suffering self has seemed to be. Paul sums up the whole situation when he declares that God is above you, in you, and through you; and when he further declares that in God you live, move, and have your being. This shows where God is. It shows where you are. You are in Him, and He is manifested through you. Hence the at-one-ment of God and man.Yet with all this nearness you cannot see God. You cannot see Mind and Life, though you can see their expression in man. Well, you cannot see beauty except as you see it exhibited in the sunset, the flower, or the bird. You cannot see beauty itself as an abstraction. It has to be identified in something before it becomes visible. One day when Jesus was talking to his disciples, Philip impatiently interrupted him with the demand, Show us the Father. Jesus replied, He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. That is, he who has seen the real man has seen God expressed, has seen an expression of divine Mind and Life.Constantly you are aware of this expression. You are continuously aware of the presence of intelligence, are you not? So far as that intelligence is sound and good it is the manifestation through you of all-knowing Mind; and when you feel the energy and the movement of Life you are feeling the presence of God (God is Life, your life) and you realize that He is closer than hand or breath, closer, if could be, than thought. He finds expression through you, making you, to use Paul's graphic picture, The temple of the living God. an-outline-of-christian-science-1931-by-peter-v-ross-csb-12pgs.odt 4 OF 12
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