Faith in God is seen as true approach to spiritual understanding


A chrysalis is defined as "the form which butterflies, moths and most other insects assume when they change from the state of larva or caterpillar and before they arrive at their winged or perfect state." Mary Baker Eddy uses the word strikingly in her illuminating discussion of belief, faith, and understanding on page 297 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." She says: "Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood."

To Christian Scientists belief, faith, and understanding indicate three important states or stages of human thinking. Belief is a human concept. It has no reality and no permanence, but is as fleeting and changing as the mortal so–called mind that fathers it. In the paragraph just cited, Mrs. Eddy also states, "A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal testimony is founded on the divine rock." Mortal beliefs have no relation to or knowledge of the one Mind that knows, that has created all and maintains all perfect. Mortal beliefs are the evidence of the five physical senses, and this evidence is neither valid nor consistent. It is only as real as we believe it to be.

February 5, 1949

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