"Walk in the Spirit"

Christian Science sets a great task before mankind, namely, the overcoming of material sense, with its attendant false sense of a material selfhood. It is an urgent task, too, being necessitated by the fact that this sense, which witnesses to material selfhood, is the apparent cause of all human inharmony, all human suffering, fettering in every direction the capacities of men. This is not evident to those who believe in the reality of material sense and of matter, to which it witnesses, and are oblivious of spiritual reality as revealed by spiritual sense; but the truth is as Christian Science states it, and all must sooner or later acknowledge it and gain the understanding with which to prove it. As Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 223), "Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit."

Since the fallacy to be overcome is material sense, the sense which suggests that one lives in a material body instead of in Spirit, how must one proceed to bring about his emancipation? First of all, material sense must be acknowledged to be unreal, and therefore unreliable. And this is made possible by gaining an understanding of true being—God and His creation, including man. Christian Science teaches that God is Spirit and that His creation is spiritual, consisting entirely of spiritual ideas. It also makes plain the fact that there is no real material creation, since God, infinite Spirit, is the sole creator, and that, consequently, material sense is false—naught but erroneous suggestion. Man, thus, has his being in Spirit, Soul, not in so-called matter. Nothing that material sense suggests about man is true; spiritual sense alone reports truly concerning man.

Our Watchword
September 29, 1934

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