The necessity of relinquishing all belief in matter and material things as actual is paramount in the demonstration of Christian Science. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy we read (p. 552): "Mortals must emerge from this notion of material life as all-in-all. They must peck open their shells with Christian Science, and look outward and upward."

This Science states in unequivocal language that God, infinite Mind, or omnipresent Spirit, and His infinite manifestation, or expression, man and the real universe, are the only reality and that nothing exists outside of Him. It teaches that God, the sole creative Principle, conceives, maintains, and preserves His infinite universe, including man in His image and likeness. It further declares that God's creation reflects the substance of Spirit, partakes of its nature and attributes, and eternally exists as spiritual idea. From this premise it follows that matter and mortality, being contrary to and utterly at variance with Spirit, have no creator, no sphere of action or operation, no substance, no space for existence, no reality. Matter, then, is not an entity. It is an erroneous conception of material sense, an illusion of so-called mortal mind.

January 19, 1952

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