In Hebrews we read, "Through faith we understand that...

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In Hebrews we read, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear," a passage which implies that reality is spiritual. Then in the second epistle to the Corinthians there is the significant statement, "For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." But most important of all is the teaching of Jesus. His teaching, particularly the Sermon on the Mount, assumes the reality of the spiritual and the unreality of the material. Take for example his saying, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink." Whatever meaning may be attached to this saying, it certainly does encourage reliance upon the Father for healing, sustenance, and protection.

In his book, "The Reasonableness of the Christian Faith," Dr. Cairns says, "The greatest philosophies, whether in India, in Greece, or in Germany, seek to show that the true explanation of Nature is not found in itself at all; that she, with all her glory, and beauty, and terror, and pain, is an apparent and transient life, and that the true home and abiding reality of things of beauty and love is behind and above her in the Unseen." Dr. Wildon Carr, professor of philosophy in the University of London, and an eminent authority on the subject, said about two years ago in an interview, as reported in the Daily News: "I think that the religious importance of the acceptance of the Einstein theory is enormous. It is going to produce a revolution in religious thought. . . . At the same time I want to make it perfectly clear that Einstein has no metaphysical purpose. Both he and his followers are scientific in the narrowest meaning of the words 'physical science.' Nevertheless the philosophic result of their labors is likely to produce an even more complete revolution in our fundamental conception of the universe than was produced by Copernicus when he showed that the planets revolved round the sun. What strikes me about it is that the old idea of a material or mechanical substratum as a necessary postulate of thought is wiped out. Thought is now seen . . . to be the fundamental reality of the universe."

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