Watching Point 240
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
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240 — WATCH that you read all Science literature through the lens of Science and Health, and always go back to it as the final authority. Once Mrs. Eddy wrote, “And if you are sometimes perplexed as to points in it (referring to any article on Christian Science), go to Science and Health. It is all there in its genuineness.” Also a student once said to her, “It is not difficult to destroy mesmerism when we see it has not any power.” She answered, “If God is All, there is nothing to destroy. There is nothing but God and what God creates. I have to go back to the book and so must you.”
One who is building a house of brick places his spiritlevel often on the bricks; otherwise his foundation and walls may not be level. Science and Health is our spiritlevel, which we must use to check every brick we put into our spiritual foundation.
In the above experience the student was placing a brick in her foundation which was not exactly scientific, or level with the book. Mrs. Eddy was quick to detect this. The book teaches that the reason we can destroy mesmerism, is not because we see that it has no power, but because it has no existence; it does not exist at all. Mrs. Eddy saw the need of advising this student to use the spirit-level of the book to check each thought, since she did not want any of her students to lay bricks in their foundation which were not absolutely scientific.