NO one can deny the benefit of vigorous and progressive intellectual development. Such abilities as vision, reason, analysis, comprehension, are not only right and normal; they also greatly enrich our living.
But intellectual development, as desirable as it is, is never an end in itself. It's not meant to elevate one individual over another. Rather, it's meant to help each individual make a constructive contribution to society. Rightly viewed, the intellect and its power belong to God and should be employed with the meekness that is characteristic of God's love for man.
Isn't this what the Apostle Paul was pointing to in the Bible when he said in his letter to the Philippians ``Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus?"
Christian Science shows that Jesus' intelligence came from God Himself. God is also the source of our intelligence, which we, as His spiritual offspring, reflect. One way of thinking of this is found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. In this book she explains: ``God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual offspring." At another place in the same book she says of God, divine Mind: ``Mind alone possesses all
faculties, perception, and comprehension."
Because God is divine and infinite Spirit, knowing God as Mind--the one, infinite Mind--is natural and logical. The oneness of this divine Mind means that He is not parceled out into ``minds" and ``intellects" for individuals to possess and use but is reflected and expressed by His entire creation. Man is God's creation. Man is given intelligence, vision, perception, to exercise--but God remains their source and owner.