A French moralist has observed, "If poverty is the mother of crimes, want of sense is the father;" and in the Christian Science textbook. "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 489,490), Mary Baker Eddy elaborates on this "want of sense." She writes: "A wrong sense of God, man, and creation is non-sense, want of sense. Mortal belief would have the material senses sometimes good and sometimes bad. It assures mortals that there is real pleasure in sin; but the grand truths of Christian Science dispute this error." As for poverty, hear this terse description from an ancient Latin apothegm; "Poverty does not mean the possession of little, but the non-possession of much."

From this, the inference may be clearly drawn that the cause of crime, and of all error, lies in the want, or lack, of sense, of spiritual sense or understanding. The human family suffers from one devastating well-nigh universal malady. It is the non-sense called ignorance. This does not imply that a Christian Scientist when confronted with a sad or serious problem, airily waves error aside with the flippant retort, "Nonsense!" He recognizes and deals with the root of the difficulty, which is want of spiritual sense.

Why is there a global war today? Because men lack understanding of God, Truth, Love, and Principle, and of His law and government. Why are people sick? Because of their ignorance of the fact that God's man, being spiritual and not material, is diseaseless and indestructible. Why do mortals turn to intoxicants for stimulation and a feeling of well-being? Because they have not learned that real strength, harmony, and satisfaction come from divine Mind, not matter, and bear no sorrow or penalty with them.

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"Upon this rock I will build"
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