Although "redistribution" is a word frequently heard, its current use may be confusing, because the usual thought about it is based on the premise that substance is material, and on its subsequent that in order to bring out a right sense of social order and balance a redistribution of material things upon a basis of complete material equality must be effected.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468) Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: 'The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'" Only that which God creates is substantial. Inasmuch as God, Spirit, made all, and could not possibly have made anything unlike Himself, substance is spiritual, not material. God, Spirit, is infinite; therefore spiritual substance is unlimited; but that which expresses belief in materiality is limited. Regardless of how much matter there may seem to be, it still expresses limited belief. This fact has been proved during the last few years of economic upheaval. Material fortunes of individuals and of corporations which had been considered impregnable have crumbled away. Surely, it is not a distribution of that which is so fleeting for which mankind is yearning! If it is, then certainly men need to do a little mental stocktaking and ask themselves the reason for the wish.

"Count it all joy"
January 14, 1933

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