Spiritual Ideas Are Substance

"Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter." says Mary Baker Eddy on page 257 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Students of Christian Science need to understand and demonstrate this statement more fully in order to progress Truthward.

It is characteristic of the human or mortal mind to hold tenaciously to its belief of matter as substance, but Christian Science teaches logically that this belief is false. Advanced physical scientists are now admitting that matter has no property other than energy. The renowned physicist, Sir Arthur Eddington, of London, England, in his book entitled "The Nature of the Physical World," makes the following statement: "Substance is one of the greatest of our illusions."

A student of Christian Science was once called to the home of one who had that day suffered what would be called a heart attack. The sufferer had been unable to do even the lightest household tasks awaiting her during the day. She had always expressed a spiritual quality of thought, and because her need seemed very great, she listened eagerly as the student talked of God's presence, power, and love, until the fear was dispelled. Then she too voiced some facts about the spiritual nature of the universe, including man. As the two conversed in this way, matter seemed less substantial and more inconsequential, and the reality of spiritual ideas, positive and strong, was realized.

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"Unlabored motion"
March 23, 1946

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