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"Take possession of your body"

From the July 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says, "Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action." Science and Health, p. 393; This simple statement holds out hope to many who seem to be slaves to the human sense of body. When we learn that this body is a product of thought, we may begin to see that one can fulfill this demand and realize some measure of dominion. Christian Science shows how this may be done.

In general, humanity believes that the individual resides in the material body, is governed by brain and nerves, and that the body conditions him rather than vice versa. This has been the basic theory adhered to for many years by the medical faculty and even by the theological professors. The pantheism of intelligent matter pervades much of the educated thought even since the founding of Christian Science.

But Jesus pointed out the essential dominion that is possible when he said: "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"Matt. 6:25; We might well consider what Jesus meant by this latter statement.