THERE are certain fundamental propositions taught in Christian Science which, when understood and applied, serve to clarify the mental atmosphere and dispel the illusions of material sense testimony. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy we read (p. 259), "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." With "perfect God and perfect man" as the "basis" from which to work, the Christian metaphysician is equipped to help his fellow man in the overcoming of the discords of mortal belief.
To the Christian Scientist all discord, whether of sin or disease, obtains in mortal thought. It is primarily sustained by the universal belief in evil's reality, and secondarily by individual acceptance of this belief.
A pronounced mortal belief is that disease is real, and that therefore it has a real cause. Sometimes it is affirmed that this cause is material; at other times that it is mental, and traceable to some phase of mental activity, tendency, or characteristic.