Physical Sense Testimony False

While the individual who is becoming interested in Christian Science may think that he has always had a feeling of reverence for God and, perhaps, a slight understanding of Him, as progress is made in Christian Science he may realize that his reverence was largely emotional and his understanding theoretical. But as spiritual insight is gained, he catches clearer glimpses of a new existence, an existence in which corporeality disappears; and to his awakening thought there comes an altogether new and unexpected vision of God as Life, Truth, and Love, entirely dissociated from any thought of time or space.

Such knowledge is altogether independent of that which seems to come through the channel of the physical senses; and when sought after and understood, it destroys physical sense testimony. A mental conflict thus begins, because the human so-called mind does not take kindly to that which eventually proves not only its unreliability but also its unreality. "This thought of human, material nothingness, which Science inculcates, enrages the carnal mind and is the main cause of the carnal mind's antagonism." So says Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 345). Hence the flood of evil suggestions that is continually pouring forth from error in its effort to nullify spiritual understanding. At this point, confusion and hesitancy may find expression in the thought of the student of Christian Science; but he should be alert to defend himself against physical sense testimony, by which he seems to be constantly surrounded, and in which he seems to have his very existence.

In the light of Christian Science the five physical senses do not give the correct understanding of being; and their testimony, unsupported by spiritual understanding, is to be rejected. The materialist becomes alarmed at this, and at once enters a violent protest. He points to vast systems of learning that have been built up on the testimony of the physical senses; and he does not welcome the sweeping away of their foundations. Really, however, the physical sciences have reached their present state mainly by correcting the evidence of the five physical senses. To illustrate: in demonstrating a geometrical proposition which has to do with a figure,—say, a triangle,—it is customary to draw upon a surface the figure itself. Often this may be hastily done, the figure being more or less imperfect. This, however, in no way disconcerts the one making the demonstration; and it is accordingly carried forward through the proper steps of reasoning to the conclusion. While the demonstrator works from the imperfect figure that is before him, and may look directly at it, yet he is not referring to its imperfections, his thought being filled with the concept of the perfect triangle. The demonstration is made from that basis. The imperfect figure could not be taken as the basis, as one must behold the perfect triangle if the correct mathematical demonstration is to be made.

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May 3, 1924

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