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Mortal mind has no strength!

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    On the heels of Sunday’s Roundtable (4/9/23), during which the discussion touched upon “everlasting strength,” from the Golden Text (Isa. 26:4), I just came upon the following, relevant quote from Paul Smillie’s book, In Defense of Mary Baker Eddy and the Remnant of Her Seed:

    “’Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.’ (II Cor. 12:10) Paul does not say that weakness is his personally, but that the attacks directed at him forced him to turn to God and, by turning to God, saw that mortal mind had no strength to support him. Mrs. Eddy also saw there was nothing in mortal mind to rely upon for strength. Can we ‘lean’ on the sustaining infinite if we are tough, self-reliant mortals? No. Jesus said, ‘I of mine own self can do nothing.’ He also recognized the total weakness of mortality – its nothingness – and rejected it totally. Intellectualism would misinterpret the life of a spiritually minded individual, claiming he or she was weak, because intellectualism is a claim of mortal mind strength, – superior intelligence in matter.” (p. 192)

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