Mind's Sure Foundation

Once, while residing in a section of the country which was visited by an earthquake, the writer, during several days of recurrent shocks, had become so weary and ill at ease that she seemed unable to perform her daily tasks. Finally she telephoned to a Christian Science practitioner and asked for help. The practitioner said: "Divine Mind is our support. We have in Mind a sure foundation, a quiet resting place." At this, the one who had been so fearful soon became happily aware of her safety as a child of God, and went her way with a sense of gratitude and serenity that remained with her and sustained her during the remainder of the quakes.

Christian Science reveals God as the only cause, and every real effect as spiritual rather than material. On page 80 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy has written, "It is mortal mind which convulses its substratum, matter." She further declares (p. 287): "The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter, or of it, is an error. Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite." This false supposition, then, is centered upon something, or the belief in something, which God did not create, that is, a material universe and a mortal man, governed or misgoverned by so-called material law.

When one allows his thinking to be influenced by the material senses, to him all that pertains to cause and effect, force and energy, life and substance, is material, uncertain, insecure. For mortal mind has not the power or intelligence to sustain its own illusions or to shield them against its own violence and agitation. Christian Science shows that man, made in the likeness of God, is not material but spiritual; that he reflects God, Spirit, and therefore dwells not in a world of disease, disorder, and upheaval, but in a universe the foundations, motions, and processes of which are in divine Mind, where harmony reigns.

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