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Your correspondent's dictionary definition of reality as "something actually existing, not fictitious, genuine, true," is very helpful, and bears out entirely the Christian Science contention that disease is not real. The Bible tells us that Jesus cast out devils. These devils were evils of various kinds, sin, sickness, and death, not actually existing, but believed to be real, owing to ignorance; fictions of the human mind, therefore neither genuine nor true; illusions of material sense.

The Apostle Paul, showing the difference between the unreal and the real, states that "the things which are seen" (cognized by the material senses) "are temporal," that is, they pertain to time, to the present sense of life, or this world, "but the things which are not seen" (that is, not seen by finite sense, but cognized spiritually, or spiritually discerned) "are eternal," and therefore real.

Sin, sickness, and death are not included in creation as set forth in the first chapter of Genesis, wherein it is stated that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Reality is good, actually existing in divine Mind, which is infinite, therefore everywhere; not fictitious, but genuine, therefore spiritually real; true; pure. Sin, sickness, and death, from a spiritual standpoint, are unreal and untrue; and it is thus that Christian Science regards them; and this is in harmony with the teaching of Christ Jesus. He was accused of casting out devils, evil beliefs, by Beelzebub. This he denied and said, "But if I with the finger of God" (that is, through the exercise of spiritual power, which is the prerogative of every man) "cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." Christian Science is the restoration of the teaching of Christ Jesus, and when thus regarded it can be understood.

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October 12, 1935

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