Mind versus Resistance
From the Christian Science Sentinel, April 12, 1919, by William P. McKenzie
We are quite familiar with the words of the psalmist, when he said, “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” Why twice? Perhaps because it is necessary for human beings to deny the claim that evil is power, as well as to understand and ascertain that good is power. This is the fact, however,—that Mind, intelligence, only is power, and that which resists is always overcome. To comprehend that evil is not actual power, but only a phase of resistance to good, and that it is never positive, but ever negative, being mindlessness, non-intelligence, stupidity, barbarism, is to understand its temporary nature and ultimate dismissal into nothingness. Prophecy marches on to its fulfillment, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
One phase of the great war has ended, and the systematic destruction of human bodies has ceased. Mortal mind has been disappointed in one plan to enthrone will power, but quickly twists, serpent like, into another line of evil endeavor. Unable to enthrone one imperial dictator whereby to enslave the free, it inspires human barbarity in many minds to conspire together against all order, decency, and even civilization itself. Civilization has laboriously built up its methods for communal advancement, for urban life, for travel and transport, and for education based upon good will and service. The tempter says, Let good will and service cease; steal what others have saved; destroy what is built up; kill those who are thinkers.
Amid the confusions and semi-successes of evil minds it may not always be easy to see that Mind is power, but this is nevertheless the fact. Furthermore, as our textbook says, “Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God” (Science and Health, p. 569). In this conflict it is well to be encouraged by what has happened in the past. Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 225): “The history of our country, like all history, illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its embodiment of right thinking. A few immortal sentences, breathing the omnipotence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic fetters and abolish the whipping-post and slave market; but oppression neither went down in blood, nor did the breath of freedom come from the cannon’s mouth. Love is the liberator.” In those days when liberation was being worked out there was, of course, violent resistance. Every evil turn of speech, all venom of words, and cantankerousness of action was used against reformers and thinkers, but somehow the people laid hold of a right idea of Mind and, behold, it grew in might and, becoming irresistible, was inevitably triumphant.
Earnest and noble men are trying to learn the way of Mind and to obey its inspiration in linking the nations of the world together for high purpose and right action. Percontra, other mentalities are striving to join men hand in hand for wreckage and confusion, claiming that out of destroyed civilization shall emerge a new condition. Thus, they say to the indolent employee in the mills, that in the new order he will own the mills and will not have to work; to the moral degenerate, that the protection of home and marriage shall be taken away from women; to the drunkard is made the promise of free indulgence; to the waster is promised possession of the property of others. But there is no real thinking here, only the perversion of thinking, and in districts where misguided creatures have stolen the cattle, implements, and furniture of their employers, and burned their homes and factories, soon they learn that they need most of all the guidance which they formerly resisted to organize and direct their labor, or else they must starve.
It is well, then, for every thinker to assure himself that where Mind is there might is. “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.” The noise of tongues, the clamor of mortal mind, the utterance of its jealousies, hates, lusts, fears, animosities, and evil purpose may seem to indicate power, since this sort of opposition rises against all good work; but good work goes on irresistibly. God acts; who can resist finally? Evil-minded men and ignorant victims, that is, satans and fools, may oppose and accuse the righteous. They may traduce and resist every good work. They may poison the wells of information and make many suffer, but their doom is certain. The wise man said, “Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow.”
Christian Science has made thinkers; it publishes truth; it illumines the way of righteousness. It fulfills that prophecy found in Isaiah which says, “An highway shall be there and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;” and the proof that is perpetually given is the proof of healing. Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 483), “Mind transcends all other power, and will ultimately supersede all other means in healing.” In consequence of what they know, Christian Scientists do not lose hope or peace or faith or love, though the strife of tongues be great, though multitudes in the earth set themselves up against Christianity and proclaim Chaos. Christian Scientists know that God is creator. They know that Mind is power. So many times have they seen the power of good overcome the resistance of evil, they know with certainty that, even as sunlight dismisses the valley mists when its glory rises over the mountains, so shall the time come when metaphysically there will be no need of the light of the sun, for God’s presence shall be the light and the warmth and the comfort for all. “And there shall be no more curse…. And there shall be no night there… for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.