"The only"

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Explaining this opening verse, Mary Baker Eddy, in her exegesis of the book of Genesis, writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 502): "The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only,—that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe."

At certain seasons, especially those indicated by a change to cooler weather, one hears the more or less frequent remark. "It is the beginning of a cold," or. "I have a new cold starting." It is helpful at such times to consider these statements in the light of Christian Science and to determine for oneself whether or not they bear any resemblance to Truth.

Truth, or good, has no beginning, and error cannot make one. Error simulates Truth, but if an inharmonious material condition calling itself a cold or bronchitis— or any one of the various ills which are supposed to start at some particular time, and then to develop and continue—claims to have a beginning, it thereby exposes its own falsity.

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Timely Overcoming
November 6, 1943

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