No Fluctuation in Truth

Christian Science offers to those who are distressed because of depleting material values a message of hope and assurance in the eternality and unchanging nature of God and of all that is true or real. It turns thought away from materiality to the contemplation of spiritual ideas, which reveal the permanency of all that really exists. It unfolds the true nature of substance as that which partakes of the quality and nature of God, divine Mind. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we read (p. 468), "Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay;" also, "The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit." Substance, therefore, is not material and is not subject to fluctuation; it is spiritual and remains immutable.

There is, however, evidence on every hand of the world's belief in the material fluctuation and destruction of what it considers real. We see this manifested in changes of climate, business conditions, health. Philosophy and false views of theology have perpetuated the belief in change and decay, and have regarded these as part of God's plan and purpose. On the other hand, Christian Science declares that because God is infinite good, the same yesterday, today, and forever, these changes are not ordained of Him and are not in harmony with His laws. The Psalmist realized the unchangeable nature of God when he said: "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. ... Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." And the Apostle James declared, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

The Safeguard of Our Children
July 30, 1932

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