The Old and the New

The coming year appears to have inherited from its predecessor a number of unsolved problems. The need for effective solutions is urgent. A clear view of the scene before us is essential. Above all, we must not be confused as to what is real and what is unreal.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 337): "Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal." This is the key. As we examine the things that change and the things that do not change in the human scene, we find many eternal things and we find many temporal things. But differentiating between them requires spiritual discernment.

To many, a mountain appears to be eternal, but the geologist sees the mountain as destructible. What is the correct view of the mountain? Is it one of the eternal things or one of the temporal things?

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