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Concerning Transportation

From the August 8, 1942 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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Even in ordinary circumstances the function of transportation enters into the human experience of practically everyone. Mortals appear continually to be in need of transportation from one place to another, and their movements seem frequently to be fraught with difficulty, involving delay, obstruction, and accident.

Under conditions which obtain at present there is the necessity for transporting large numbers of men and great quantities of material to different parts of the world. The question of safe and expeditious transportation is, therefore, one which is engaging the earnest attention of many persons. This being the case, it is of more than passing interest to consider some of the facts concerning transportation as viewed in the light of the teachings of Christian Science.

First of all it will be well to establish in thought the fact that man, in his real nature, is not a physical organism which is in need of being transferred from one place to another in space or in time. Man is spiritual and exists as consciousness, not as matter. Man, being the exact likeness of his creator, divine Mind, necessarily reflects or expresses the qualities of Mind, including omnipresence. Therefore, man does not have to be conveyed to a particular place at a certain time. He is already and always there. Knowledge of this fundamental truth operates, in human experience, as a law of elimination to fear, worry, hurry, uncertainty, and doubt. Likewise divine law, invoked through right knowing, prevents accidents and saves from destruction. "The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore," is the assurance contained in the one hundred and twenty-first Psalm.

Whether one's going forth is in obedience to the call of duty, in pursuit of business or of recreation, whether it is by means of motor car, bus, railway train, airplane, or ship, one can know that divine law and perfect order govern the entire experience. On page 424 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" its author, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, "Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony."

Mrs. Eddy also says in her definition of "Elias" (ibid., p. 585) that Christian Science is that "with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold." Therefore that which is humanly called vehicle or conveyance, regardless of what its outward form may be, hints the existence of some spiritual fact. And since man "is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas" (Science and Health, p. 475), man necessarily includes the spiritual idea of that which is humanly seen as a means of conveyance. Since man includes these lesser ideas, he naturally and inevitably exercises dominion over them. Therefore, there is no truth in the belief that anything called conveyance or vehicle could have power over man, or that it could be used to obstruct or hinder his freedom of movement or action, or endanger his safety. Jesus evidently knew this, as well as the powerlessness of material elements and so-called material laws; when entering the ship on the storm-tossed lake he was immediately at the other side. In a very practical way he proved his dominion over adverse material conditions, and through the power of right thinking or right knowing took the boat and its contents with him to land.

What it was possible for Jesus to do in this instance through his understanding of man's inclusiveness, as the expression of divine Mind, can be done today through the same understanding of the true nature of divine being. There is no dangerous situation in which one may find himself, on the sea, in the air, or at the battle front, from which he cannot free himself through right knowing. A right idea has all the power of God, infinite good, with it, and this divine power is always available under every circumstance as a law of deliverance and preservation. Nothing evil or destructible is real, however real it may appear to be. Good alone is real.

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