"An house not made with hands"

In his second epistle to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes, "We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." Christendom has no better antidote for fear than the spiritual understanding of this passage, as gained in Christian Science, coupled with the realization that God, the builder of this heavenly house, is Love. The fact that man has an indestructible existence in God, his Maker, forever untouched by mortality and discord, is the truth which Christian Science is unfolding to humanity, healing it sickness and sin.

Mankind, generally, admits that mortal life, with its pleasures and pains, is fleeting and transitory; but it is not so ready to perceive that behind these dissolving views stand the spiritual facts of existence, unchanging and eternal. In the first chapter of Genesis we read that "God created man in his own image," and that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." How contradictory to these statements are the daily evidences of sickness, sin, and distress we see around us! Small wonder that thinkers the world over are asking, "Why this seeming incongruity between the human and the divine?" And to this pertinent question Christian Science alone is giving to the world a satisfactory answer.

In the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 240): "In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this statement, suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the keynote of being, and there is continual discord." The fact revealed by Mrs. Eddy, that Mind is the governor and not the governed, is rapidly being admitted. The recent investigations of natural scientists, even, have done much to shake the general faith in the reality and substantianlity of matter. Yet no one but the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science has definitely offered us aught in exchange for these dissolving views since Paul wrote, "We have a building of God." Jesus the Christ understood and demonstrated that matter is but a false belief, which must be overcome instead of being submitted to: he said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."

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Communion with God
May 19, 1928

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