"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!"

God's thoughts! Wonderfully sweetly did the Psalmist sing of them: "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand." And as the sweet singer of Israel sang, so may all sing who through Christian Science have come to know and appreciate the thoughts of God.

What are God's thoughts? Every real, every true idea is a thought of God. And since God is infinite, omnipresent Mind, His ideas, "more in number than the sand,"—infinite in number, that is,—are everywhere expressed. And how are these thoughts or ideas expressed? Through man, God's image or reflection. God has always expressed Himself in this way; and He will continue thus to express Himself throughout eternity. What a marvelous creation is God's creation of perfect thoughts or ideas, continually being expressed through man!

But what has just been said refers to the real or spiritual man, not to a so-called mortal; for the latter is not the idea of God. A mortal is a supposititious creation, the reverse of the real, consisting apparently of material, temporal, sinful, sick, sorrowful, material beliefs. A mortal is not the child of God; he does not reflect God's thoughts or ideas; the eternal verities of Being are unknown to him. On page 337 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, makes very plain the distinction between God's thoughts and the thoughts (so called) of mortals, when she writes: "Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal."

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Among the Churches
April 2, 1927

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