Divine Mind Knows No Depletion

What is called depletion is a dream process of the so-called human mind and is utterly unknown to God, divine Mind, whose goodness is inexhaustible, and whose law is imperative. The sense of depletion stems, of course, from the belief that substance is material, that matter is the medium through which life and intelligence are expressed, and therefore that life and its expression are easily exhausted. There has to be a mental agreement with this falsity of belief before depletion can be manifested materially. Every ill, small or great, which humanity experiences, is the result of a false belief mentally entertained a false concept of true causation, to which one has ignorantly or willfully given assent.

Here one may study carefully a statement of Mary Baker Eddy's to be found on page 262 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms." To understand and obey these statements is to obey the first great command, which bases all harmony and fullness of living: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Understanding obedience to this commandment of divine Love makes depletion impossible.

Among dictionary definitions of "deplete" we find the following: "To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of: to exhaust, as a country of its strength and resources." The greater part of the world today seems to be suffering greatly from this sense of depletion—from exhausted resources, shortage of food, clothing, shelter—a depletion indeed of material resources. This indicates a preceding mental agreement with the belief that the resources of man and the universe are material in nature, limited, and capable of exhaustion. On pages 229 and 230 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" Mrs. Eddy writes, "Truth is strong with destiny; it takes life profoundly: it measures the infinite against the finite."

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A Great Fact—God Is Self-sustained
May 4, 1946

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