Is It Real, or Is It Only Apparent?

Not everything that is apparent is what we believe it to be. If what we observe is an effect, it must have a cause. But if it does not have a cause, what is it? It must be an illusion, a false impression, a misleading appearance. Then how are we to distinguish what is real from what is only apparent? Through correct reasoning.

Mrs. Eddy writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 349), "Inductive or deductive reasoning is correct only as it is spiritual, induced by love and deduced from God, Spirit; only as it makes manifest the infinite nature, including all law and supplying all the needs of man."

August 27, 1960

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