"THE SUBSTANCE OF AN IDEA"

A Well-Known and arresting statement found in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, is this (p. 257): "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." From this it is apparent that the first requirement for an understanding of the nature of reality, of the true universe, is a correct concept of substance and idea.

What is "the substance of an idea"? At once it is evident that an idea is wholly nonmaterial. If it is a true idea, rather than an offshoot of so-called mortal mind and therefore illusive, it emanates from the one infinite, self-existent Mind, the only source of ideas. A true idea, furthermore, is intelligent. And because of its truth, it is eternal. It is completely indestructible. It is good, beautiful, and individual; it is complete, harmless, and strong.

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