"Upon this rock I will build"

The strength and unshakability of Christian Science are in the fact that it is founded on the rock of Truth, unchanging Principle, and does not depend for its origin or continuance on any person or persons. Human persons may come and go, but God and all that is His go on forever, unaffected by the shifting scenes of earth.

The weakness of the church through the ages has been the willingness of men unduly to exalt, idolize, and even worship persons, and to be blinded to the one infinite Person, our ever-present God, by whom, for whom, and in whom we all exist. Human personality is not man's individuality. To confuse them is a grievous mistake. Reality is not mortal mind expressed by many mortal personalities. Reality is eternal Mind expressed by a universe of spiritual individualities.

Human persons are sometimes prominent, sometimes obscure, sometimes good, and sometimes bad, with wide variations of quality and condition in between. Most of us would like to be better—yes, much better—than we are. Whatever good has appeared, or is appearing, in the consciousness, work, and life of any of our fellows we should gratefully recognize, remembering always that genuine good is only of God, the one real Person, and never originates with, nor becomes the personal possession of, any human.

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April 15, 1944

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