"Dematerialized and unfinited"

Our Leader uses two interesting words in her sermon, so worthy of profound study, "The People's Idea of God." She says (p. 2), "Proportionately as the people's belief of God, in every age, has been dematerialized and unfinited has their Deity become good; no longer a personal tyrant or a molten image, but the divine Life, Truth, and Love, — Life without beginning or ending, Truth without a lapse or error, and Love universal, infinite, eternal."

The words "dematerialized and unfinited" are incomparably expressive. A dictionary definition of "finite" is, "Subject to creature limitations, especially those that affect human life." But how was mankind to take matter and finiteness— "creature limitations" — out of its beliefs until Christian Science was revealed?

To most people Deity seemed remote, inaccessible. Hence, if He were "Subject to creature limitations" and frailties, such as wrath, indifference, impotence, it was but logical to regard Him as what one might term a spectator God. The belief became deeply rooted in human thought that He looked out upon the universe, but in the main did little or nothing to help His children when they were grievously tormented and in dire need.

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Putting on Christ
September 19, 1931

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