In the first and third verses of the eleventh chapter of...

The Christian Science Monitor

In the first and third verses of the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, the apostle Paul gives a most comprehensive and luminious definition of Christian Science. He there calls it "faith," but to him faith was far more than mere blind belief, so often described as faith. "Faith," says Paul, "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The Greek word translated "substance" means literally, that which stands under, or the foundation for. The faith that is the foundation for things hoped for, that is, good things, and the evidence of things not seen, that is, spiritual things, must be more than blind belief; it must be the understanding of Life, the sure knowledge or Science of God and the universe that Christ Jesus had, in other words, Christian Science.

Clearly substantiating this, the apostle says in the third verse: "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God."—that is to say, they are the expression of divine Mind,—"so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear,"—are not material but spiritual. Having given the definition of faith, the apostle goes on to recount the many wonderful things that have been accomplished by those men who have had glimpses of this faith.

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