"An house not made with hands"

"Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." So writers Mrs. Eddy on page 269 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." As Christian Scientists we are metaphysicians; therefore it is highly important to bring our every undertaking into line with the above statement. This is certainly the case with regard to the enterprise of building the new Christian Science Publishing House.

What is the idea that the Christian Science Publishing House symbolizes? First we must inquire what is the purpose underlying it. "Christian Science teaches only that which is spiritual and divine, and not human" (Science and Health, p. 99). And Christian Science operates from the spiritual and divine basis. It may be defined as the law of God, divine Principle, applied to human affairs. Principle eternally unfolds its perfection as idea, and this idea at work in human consciousness is saving or redemptive in its scope and character. It brings the light which disperses the mattermist. The continuous unfoldment of this idea is manifested humanly in its enlightening and healing influence upon individuals and nations. This saving idea, then, in due course brought about the unfolding steps which led to the formation of The Christian Science Publishing Society, which now needs the facilities afforded by a structure of much ampler proportions.

From this structure are to be issued statements of the pure, unadulterated truth of being, revealed in the works of Mary Baker Eddy and also expressed in the Christian Science periodicals which she founded. We know that our Leader's writings remain to lead humanity on in this and future ages. The truth revealed in these writings forms the substance of our thinking, and is the basis of all our demonstrations. Correlative passages from Science and Health and the Bible in the Christian Science Quarterly give us daily food. The periodicals go out to make these writings more widely known, and also to give counsel, inspiration, and encouragement for solving the problems of the hour. May we not, then, liken these publications to the waters spoken of by Ezekiel, which "issued out of the sanctuary" and became "a river that could not be passed over," for wherever the waters came they brought healing? What can stay these waters? Nothing! No supposititious activity of error and no argument of shortage of supply can limit them, for as long as the dream of life in matter seems to continue, so long will mortals hunger and thirst after the only thing that can satisfy—divine Science—and seek refuge from their ills in the truth that heals. St. Augustine wrote, "Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart is restless until it rests in Thee."

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Possession of the Body
April 1, 1933

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