SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF BEING

Before one can hope to complete any project, he must have a knowledge of the method of procedure or know-how. Without this he will soon be floundering in guesswork and speculation. While most of our tasks are undertaken of our own volition, some are imposed responsibilities which we must face up to. Of these, the most momentous task, and one common to all, is to discover the meaning and truth of existence, to solve the problem of being. In the course of this process, while demonstrating man's birthright and destiny as the son of God, mankind will find healing for sickness and redemption for sins. Thus will be fulfilled the promise of the Master (John 8:32), "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Mary Baker Eddy writes in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 128): "A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity." Ignorance and delusion have kept mankind blind to man's status as God's spiritual reflection. The truth of being, sought and known, awakens them to their real nature as the expression of God, Spirit. Mortal mind, the false intelligence purporting to govern the body, has beguiled mankind into believing that their material concept of life is necessary, even indispensable. But knowing the truth that man is spiritual dispels the illusion and sets mankind free.

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