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"Scientific certainty"
DUNCAN SINCLAIR, CSB


         The Christian Scientist is never in doubt as to the fundamental truths which Christian Science has revealed to him; and, in consequence, he is thoroughly persuaded as to the effect of these truths in their correction of erroneous thinking. This certainty, this "scientific certainty," is constantly being evidenced in his work as a practitioner; for he approaches every problem full of faith in the power of Christ, Truth, to destroy all that is unlike itself. That this was the attitude of Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, is shown by these words of hers in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 496): "Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being."

         Anyone who contemplates these words of Mrs. Eddy just quoted surely cannot fail to see how firmly grounded was her faith in the healing power of Truth. God had been revealed to her as the divine Principle of all reality, the source or cause of creation, the perfect Mind, who expresses Himself through the perfect spiritual idea, man; and this spiritual understanding she had time and again proved was able to destroy the errors of material sense, sin and disease. But how clear must have been her realization of the truths of being! How steadfastly must she have adhered to these truths in the face of the falsities of mortal mind!

         If one studies Christ Jesus' life, he will find it to be characterized by unlimited loyalty to God, by unbounded faith in his understanding of God, and by a certainty that could not be shaken as to the power of that spiritual understanding, because it was scientific. Jesus, in consequence, never hesitated in his application of the truth when a case of sickness presented itself to him. Knowing as he did, with "scientific certainty," the allness of God and the power of the spiritual idea, he denied that sickness or sin had any reality — and the case was healed. And these healings of his were almost invariably instantaneous, proving how magnificently clear must have been his spiritual understanding.

         The question presents itself, How may we gain such an understanding of Truth as will enable us to heal disease and sin after the pattern set us by the Master, our great Exemplar? Our Leader indicates the method when she writes (Science and Health, Pref., p. viii), "To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound." And the student studies the textbooks of Christian Science — the Bible and Science and Health — to obtain a knowledge of God and His spiritual creation, man, and to equip himself with the rules whereby he can meet and overcome the inharmony of material or corporeal sense, thus bringing out the eternal fact about man — namely, his perpetual harmony as the idea of God.

         But let no one think that the errors of corporeal sense, the false beliefs of mortal mind, will be met without consecrated effort. Many still believe strongly in the reality and power of evil; many still divide their mental allegiance between good and evil. Indeed, it cannot be said that as yet the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," is anything like receiving the full obedience of men. Then if not, the work of enlightenment must go on. Christian Science must continue to pour its flood of truth throughout the world; for that truth alone is able to generate a faith and trust in God and His Christ which will establish within mankind the "scientific certainty" whereby to obey the First Commandment.

         While the process of enlightenment and advancement goes on, what should be our endeavor? Always to put into practice what we understand of Truth. We can be certain that opportunity for this will never fail us. If Christ, Truth, be the object of our desire; if we are allowing our thoughts to dwell upon the perfection of the spiritual idea, men will be drawn to us for healing. And when "as a little child," and with the humble desire to know the truth and to practice the truth which makes free, they come to us, we must heal them.

         There are the problems also which accost us in everyday life, each one of which solved means progress. Envy and jealousy may tempt us; hatred and anger may try to upset our mental equilibrium; impatience, lack of consideration for others — these and many another phase of error may seek to draw us from the path of spiritual rectitude. They must one and all be met by the spiritual understanding which Christian Science gives, and be seen to be but impositions of the so-called carnal mind — nothing. Thus will "scientific certainty" be established and growth assured.

 

"'Scientific certainty" by Duncan Sinclair, CSB
Christian Science Sentinel, May 22, 1926
 

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