Deliverance from Materiality

When Paul wrote, "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace," he indicated both the cause of all human misery and its cure. The student does not have to go far in his study of Christian Science before he is convinced of the truth of the apostle's words; for Christian Science relentlessly exposes the so-called carnal mind, with its beliefs of sin, suffering, sorrow, and death, at the same time making clear the mode of its overcoming through spiritual-mindedness.

Now the carnal mind is another name for material sense. Mortals believe that they possess five material senses, and that these senses are their chief instructors in all that pertains to their existence on earth; and they accept the evidence of these senses as to the reality of matter and all its phenomena. Thus, the material senses claim to witness to materiality in its every form, including sin and disease and all that accompanies them. Furthermore, mortals believe that the material senses testify truly, and that the phenomena to which they appear to bear witness are true or real. And so, the trials which beset mortal existence are regarded as largely beyond mortals' control and, in consequence, have to be submitted to—such is the belief.

Although Christ Jesus and the apostles taught the power of spiritual-mindedness to overcome the carnal mind, the full significance of the Master's message was not scientifically understood until the coming of Christian Science. For many years Mrs. Eddy had studied the Scriptures and earnestly prayed for enlightenment; and at last her sincerity and purity of heart were rewarded, for God and His idea, man, were revealed to her in all their perfection; and with the revelation a great light was thrown on so-called mortal existence. She perceived that God is infinite Spirit; that since Spirit is infinite, so-called matter is unreal; and that, consequently, the carnal or mortal mind, or material sense, is also unreal. Thus Christian Science ascribes to God, Spirit, all presence, intelligence, and power, and denies these entirely to so-called matter.

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"All safe to land"
April 27, 1929

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