"THERE CAN BE NO ACCIDENTS"

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 424) Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection." Because God, Life, pure Mind, is conscious always and only of His own infinite goodness, perfection, and allness, accidents are unknown to Him. Therefore accidents must be forever unknown to man, God's image and likeness, the representative of Life, the individualized expression of perfect Mind.

Since Mind, Love, is All and fills all space, where then do seeming accidents occur? In the human experience, where both good and evil, Spirit and matter, appear powerful, and where man seems to be both material and spiritual. The supposititious opposite of divine Mind, which Christian Science calls mortal mind, says something like this: "You may be in an accident and be hurt. You see, I [Satan or error] do have power over you!"

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