What If?

Evil often plagues mortals by persistently arguing that although they may be getting along reasonably well in some ways, there is a hitch somewhere. Perhaps it is an unhappy home, busybody relatives, friction in business, burdensome debt, a shady past, an uncertain future, grief for a dear one no longer here, a false appetite fought against but not overcome, a painfully unpleasant disposition, or a lingering sickness.

But, questions Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 425), "What if the belief is consumption? God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we acknowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we possess." Yes. God surely is more to you and to me than consumption, or any phase of mortal belief. What if error does argue a mountainlike problem? God, our infinite, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God, is still more to us than that, is He not? We need to know this and apply all we know of Him to annihilate the belief, however perplexing, with which evil would beset us. Remember all belief is fiction, not substance or reality.

June 17, 1944

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