[Original article in German]

THE common concept of supply is an entirely material one. The majority of people believe that when one has a good business, when an individual calls many possessions his own, and an employee has a secure income from a good position, he is then provided for. This may seem true to material sense. Yet, when the business of the one ceases to bring in an income; when the other loses his capital, or the employee his position, what shall we say then? These individuals might consider it a hard blow, and some might even hold God answerable for it. Oftentimes, however, through seeming reverses men are constrained to turn their thought toward God, Spirit, that they may find in Him their true and only provider.

Beginners in the study of Christian Science may mistakenly believe that through this Science they will be able to demonstrate for themselves all sorts of worldly things, and that it will meet all their human, egotistical desires. It should at once be pointed out that this is a misconception of Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy states in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 10) : "That which we desire and for which we ask, it is not always best for us to receive. In this case infinite Love will not grant the request."

The Church Manual
September 15, 1934

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