Redeeming the Past
Christian Science has revealed to its students the exact, scientific, and demonstrable truth about God. It shows clearly that God is the one infinite, eternal, and omnipresent Spirit; that Spirit is the only cause or creator of all that exists. In line with these fundamental truths, it proves that real or true existence is wholly spiritual; that the only real creation is one of spiritual ideas, created, maintained, and supported by the one divine Spirit. Hence the only man there is, is the man of God's creating, who is entirely spiritual, perfect, at all times reflecting God's spiritual qualities. Not only does Christian Science reveal these basic facts of being, but it also exposes and proves the utter falsity of any so-called material existence, creation, or life.
One of the most stubborn beliefs of the so-called human or mortal mind is the belief in a material past. Indeed, mortal mind would fain have us believe that our present experience is governed almost entirely by our past, human theories stating that past experiences, circumstances, and conditions have made such indelible impressions upon us as to be practically ineradicable. But, thanks be to God, through the mighty truths of Christian Science these false beliefs are being proved baseless and powerless to control in any way our lives or to limit in any direction our divine rights and privileges.
In Ecclesiastes we read: "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past." From this it is clear that the belief in a material past must be overcome and not overlooked; that it must be definitely dealt with and scientifically redeemed; that it must be persistently and insistently opposed by the truth of being. Real life is the reflection or expression of Spirit. Material life is only a mortal, mental concept, consisting of material beliefs, called incidents, circumstances, or conditions. All mortal phenomena exist only in supposititious mortal consciousness, and have no foundation whatsoever in reality or Truth. And they will seem to exist only so long as they are believed in or given credence.
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