Profitable Exchange

The word "exchange" means giving up one thing in order to receive another; and in the business world equity rightly requires that a just equivalent should accompany this exchange. Lifting one's thought from the interchange of material things into the realm of consciousness, what is found to be the effect of Christian Science in human experience? It is a mental change of base from the material to the spiritual and, consequently, a constant gain of higher standards of health, morality, happiness, and usefulness.

A dictionary defines "exchange" as the "act of substituting one thing for another; as, an exchange of grief for joy;" and Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 531), "The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness." What is the human concept of man and the universe? Even taken at its best, it is always of a temporal and limited nature. Moreover, there inevitably is some fear entertained in connection with the belief in materiality. To some, sickness and pain seem unendurable, and the sufferer looks to death for release. Others, believing that their happiness and prosperity center upon persons and possessions, are haunted by the dread of being parted from them.

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