CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, in lifting mankind out of the bondage of belief in matter into the freedom of Mind, is overcoming that which has been one of humanity's most cruel taskmasters, namely, the belief in poverty. It is scientifically destroying poverty by revealing the fact that the only true substance is Mind, and that this substance is brought into demonstration through right ideas, through right thinking. This fact is clearly indicated in the 1st Psalm: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, . . . But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

Science shows to us that because man is the likeness of Mind, the real man always reflects right ideas, therefore he always possesses unlimited substance. It follows, then, that whatever causes the belief of lack of substance is some form of denial of the First Commandment, some argument which declares that there is more than one creator and that man is not the image of God—of Mind. But what can an argument do that is based upon a false assumption? It can do nothing more than deceive so long as it is believed in. It can never change an actual fact. Millions of mortals may be banded together to uphold the argument that there are two opposing powers, one good, the other evil; but such a union cannot produce the slightest effect upon the eternal fact that there is only one power, God, good. The whole world did at one time believe and argue that the earth was flat, but the argument had not the slightest effect upon the real fact of the earth's rotundity; it merely held men under a sense of deception for a while. Because the argument was not founded upon truth, it was inevitably destined, like every false argument, to be discovered as untrue and every vestige of its effects destroyed. It was knowledge of the truth about the earth which destroyed this argument, and it is knowledge of the truth that always has and always will destroy every false argument to which it is applied. The knowledge and assimilation of the truth that man reflects the one perfect Mind reverses and destroys the argument that any man of God's creation is limited in right ideas or in substance.

October 17, 1908

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