The human belief in loss suggests the thought that the Supreme Being, God, has ceased to be. But loss is an illusion of physical sense, because God, Spirit, is the eternal Life of man and is therefore unchanging. "How can the majesty and omnipotence of Spirit be lost?" asks our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 78). All that can ever be lost, and should be, is a false material sense of substance, being, and things; and, conversely, what needs to be found is the man whom God has made.

Health, harmony, affluence, joy, and general well-being are normal manifestations of God. When these appear to be absent, the truth of being, sought and found, will restore them. Every individual may learn in Christian Science the fundamental facts about man's source, God, and the consequent truth concerning himself as God's perfect spiritual idea. This is of far more importance to the individual and to mankind than would be the mere recovery of an article which has been lost or mislaid. How relatively unimportant such a material thing becomes in the presence of the ability to dispense healing and comfort to the sick and sorrowing with the same method which Christ Jesus employed! Christian Science is primarily interested in saving the individual, rather than the material things which he may seek to repossess. Yet the truth of being, entertained, may be expected to reach that type of problem too.

When Jesus visited Jericho, he evidenced a keen interest in Zacchaeus, a tax collector there, who, being a man of small stature, had climbed a sycamore tree to gain a better view of the Master as he passed by. When Jesus saw him and called to him, indicating his wish to abide in his house, the Jews murmured because they considered the tax collector to be a sinner, unworthy of such attention. Jesus evidently rejected that false appraisal of Zacchaeus, saying with Christlike compassion (Luke 19: 9, 10): "This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

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