God's Man Is Not Expendable

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

Recently, through military usage, a familiar term has acquired new meaning. "Expendable" is the precise word. Men and materiel are said to be "expendable," that is, liable to be used up in attaining certain military objectives. Some branches of the armed forces are said to be more expendable than others. Christian Science resolutely refuses to accept such rumors and the philosophy of life which underlies them; it boldly asserts, with a conviction born of spiritual understanding, that divine Principle, equal to every situation, however dire the emergency may seem to be, meets human need of every kind and description, wherever or whatever it may be. In short, according to Christian Science, because God is dependable, God's man is not expendable.

Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," is positive on this point; for she makes it clear with irresistible logic that God could not create man with two lives. Writing of the Master's understanding of this fact, she says in Science and Health (p. 369), "He understood man, whose Life is God, to be immortal, and knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible." Her remarkable synonym for God—Principle —reveals a universe of order, law, regularity, organization, coherence, dependability. It declares a unifying, ever-acting, sustaining, beneficent power—omnipotence— the only power which holds this universe together, which links all creation to its creator.

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