Our critic's first question, "Are the things which we see...

Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald

Our critic's first question, "Are the things which we see spiritual in the same sense that God and the angels and the souls of men are spiritual?" is answered by St. Paul. "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." The things which we see with our mortal vision are the false human concepts of them and are temporal, while the real things are spiritual and eternal. The reality of all things is in Spirit, and as ideas of God all things are spiritual, but it is only when we come into man's true inheritance and realize that Mind in us "which was also in Christ Jesus" that we shall see and know the reality and perfection of all things as they are in God's kingdom, the universe which He created.

To our critic's second question, "Are the mountains, the forests, etc., spiritual in the same sense that God is spirituual?" it is answered that all things are spiritual in the same sense that God is spiritual, in the degree that they manifest perfection and are God's ideas. Christian Scientists do not claim that their present understanding enables them to discern the spiritual reality of all things. They accept the teaching of the Bible that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and that therefore the only universe is the spiritual. The material is the false human concept of the spiritual, but when this mortal concept of existence is corrected and mortal or carnal thoughts are put out of consciousness, then all things will appear as reflected objects of the infinite Mind. They do not claim that the material things we see with our mortal vision look like the spiritual or have the same shape, outline, or quality, or that they perform the same office as the spiritual, but that the real, spiritual things—God's perfect ideas—are always present.

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