The human mind, lacking fixity and steadfastness of purpose, seems constantly to swing from one belief to another, fearing that something will happen, waiting for it to happen, or accepting the evidence that something has happened. The truth is that nothing erroneous ever happens to the child of God. Since it is impossible for anything to occur by chance in His realm, man, His image and likeness, can never be the victim of chance. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, asks this pertinent question (Unity of Good, p. 26): "Now if it be true that God's power never waneth, how can it be also true that chance and change are universal factors,—that man decays?"

In Moffatt's translation of the Bible we read (James 1:17), "All we are given is good, and all our endowments are faultless, descending from above, from the Father of the heavenly lights, who knows no change of rising and setting, who casts no shadow on the earth." Then are not the discordant experiences which seem to happen to us like dark shadows, without actuality or substance? And these shadows may claim to fall on our footsteps until mortal belief is rejected and we learn through spiritual sense of man's true status.

Aggressive mental suggestion would present a picture of disaster to the public through the avenue of advertising which reads, "This might happen to you." The alert student of Christian Science immediately denies this and declares the truth that no evil can ever befall or happen to any of God's children. Christian Science teaches that because God is All, evil does not exist. It also teaches that because God is the Principle of all harmonious action, nothing happens outside the pale of His realm or apart from His unerring government.

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