Overcoming Limitation

Truth is nothing if not practical. It would be impossible to conceive of a fact as separable from its proof. Throughout the ages natural Science has been striving to trace the laws of the universe from the proof furnished by the physical senses, but it remained for Christian Science as glimpsed by the prophets, taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus, and rediscovered in the nineteenth century by Mary Baker Eddy, to reveal that the absolute law which holds the universe in perfect harmony is the spiritual emanation of divine Mind. Mrs. Eddy proved the genuineness of her discovery by overconing the evidence of the physical senses in healing inharmonious conditions of many kinds and in proving that Principle governs man. She learned that the facts of existence receive no support from sense testimony, and wrote, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 471), "The facts of divine Science should be admitted,—although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter, or by material sense,—because the evidence that God and man coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense."

Many students of Christian Science, in striving to overcome the belief in a law of lack or limitation, have found incontestable proof of the truth of Jesus' words: "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?.... But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Others who have not tested this declaration of fact might inquire with the utmost sincerity: How could seeking the kingdom of God supply me with food and cloths and other material things that I need? The answer is not obscure when the inquirer looks into the origin of his apparent lack and discovers what it is that seems to be withholding from him the abundance of good which admittedly is the birthright of every one.

Reduced to its lowest terms, a sense of lack is the belief in the limitation of good. It is the thought, supported by the false evidence of material sense, that God, good, is not present equally everywhere at all times. It is the denial of the great fact of eternity, that God is All-in-all. Where does the limitation exist? Certainly not in God, who is infinite Truth. It can only eke out a supposititious existence in the thought which harbors and nourishes it. How then is the individual to go about to rid himself of limitation and lack, except by uncovering it in every form in his thought and replacing it with the spiritual understanding that right doing is no more separable from its abundant reward than the sun is divisible from the light it sends forth.

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The Letter and the Spirit
November 19, 1921

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