It is just as important today as ever for us to capture our thoughts and discipline them until they coincide with the Christly standard of purity and spiritual power. In his second letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul describes Christian warfare as necessarily enlisting the power of divinely guided thought to pull down the enemy's strongholds. He writes of "casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." II Cor. 10:5;
Man, in reality, is spiritual, the subjective expression of God, divine Mind. Thus, the real man of God's creating can have only pure, perfect thoughts, as divine Mind's expression. But mortal mind, the false belief in material substance, life, and intelligence, appears to inflict its suggestions on whoever will take them in. In human consciousness both truth and error seem to present their credentials for acceptance. Yet these are opposites, and as we listen and pray diligently for divine direction it becomes consistently easier to choose between the two and make the right choice for truth.
We increase our spiritual understanding by practicing what we learn in Christian Science—by mentally rejecting suggestions of evil and accepting good as the fundamental truth of all existence. Spiritualized human consciousness results in healthier, happier human life. If one is to learn humanly something of the glorious harmony of Mind's creation, he needs to guard his thought well and continually strive to elevate it. Paul exhorted: "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2;