This is an important question that each of us must ask ourselves.
Because it indicates whether we’re throwing our weight in the scale of God or of the carnal mind! And make no mistake: these are the only two choices there are!
All too often in my public practice of Christian Science, I hear from folks that have been dealing with illnesses, or perhaps emotional or marital/relationship, or financial problems, for extended periods—sometimes decades—and who have not found the healing they deserve. Yet, they continue to argue—overtly or tacitly—for the very thing that has brought upon them the situation they are dealing with.
How do they do this?
Frequently, they believe that material causes or circumstances of their human history are the supposed “reasons” for what they’ve been encountering. Or, while espousing the allness of God, they simultaneously view themselves as under another “power” such as heredity, genes, or societal expectations. Still others believe they are subordinate to the oppressive actions of their spouses or family members rather than only to God.
And there are those that look at their bodies and accept mortal mind’s suggestion as being their own conclusion that this physicality is who they are, rather than their only and true identity being entirely spiritual. Being the image and likeness of infinite Spirit!
Mary Baker Eddy stated:
If the scales are evenly adjusted, the removal of a single weight from either scale gives preponderance to the opposite. Whatever influence you cast on the side of matter, you take away from Mind, which would otherwise outweigh all else. Your belief militates against your health, when it ought to be enlisted on the side of health. (Science and Health, p. 168)
So shouldn’t we be arguing for the truth of God and His perfect creation and demonstrating healing from the rules of Christian Science rather than the fables of mortal mind? Or as Science and Health (p. 259) declares:
The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.
We can demonstrate the healing power of Christian Science on no other basis! We cannot afford to mix in other thoughts and expect to see the healing results we desire.
And we must be willing to cast out the false concepts of mortal mind that we have identified with, accepted, and used as justifications for the ongoing problem—rather than vehemently arguing against Truth in order to maintain those falsehoods. The falsehoods that we’ve become accustomed to and even find “comfortable.” The falsehoods that we participate in, embrace, and knowingly or unwittingly use their evil tactics to sustain!
In other words, we have to be willing to put off “…the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Eph. 4)
Mrs. Eddy wrote:
Contending for the evidence or indulging the demands of sin, disease, or death, we virtually contend against the control of Mind over body, and deny the power of Mind to heal. This false method is as though the defendant should argue for the plaintiff in favor of a decision which the defendant knows will be turned against himself. (Science and Health, p. 380)
Let’s be sure that we’re throwing our weight in God’s scale—the only way forward!