God's control extends over the atmosphere as truly as it does over human thought. Man abiding in at-one-ment with God cannot be victimized by undue heat or cold, dampness or dryness, by wind, hail, or electricity. Destructive physical phenomena do not proceed from the all-loving Father. Christian Science clearly indicates the mental origin of such phenomena and provides for their control by the divine Mind. Since no satisfactory definition of matter has ever been given except in terms of mind, therefore dominion over physical conditions, in order to be truly effective, is to be exercised through the power of right thinking. In defining the kingdom of heaven in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 590), Mrs. Eddy uses the words, "The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme."

The true atmosphere is, therefore, always harmonious, and the belief that atmosphere is physical can be properly controlled by the spiritual realization of the kingdom of heaven. An almost illimitable prospect of good deeds opens before the Christian Scientist who applies this understanding. The farmer, the seaman, the traveler, the merchant, the father, the mother, the child, as well as those engaged in the various activities of the Christian Science movement, can be certain that the elements cannot hinder right purpose or separate man from the love of God. The science of this is made clear by Mrs. Eddy's teachings, which show fear to be groundless, in that it is based on mystery, and science dissipates mystery.

The Fool's Decision
September 14, 1918

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