Apart from Matter

Too often searchers for the truth attempt to combine the spiritual and the material instead of separating them. An outstanding exception was our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science. She says in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 31), "From my very childhood I was impelled, by a hunger and thirst after divine things,—a desire for something higher and better than matter, and apart from it,—to seek diligently for the knowledge of God as the one great and ever-present relief from human woe."

Searching for divine reality, Mrs. Eddy found it apart from matter. Her discovery restored the power to heal the sick and sinful as it was exercised by Christ Jesus, who explained (John 18: 36), "My kingdom is not of this world."

A distinctive aspect of Mrs. Eddy's discovery is that matter is a limited, false way of thinking and that the five physical senses, which observe only matter, are separate from the spiritual senses, through which one observes creation as God makes it—a universe of spiritual ideas invisible to the physical senses. The first concern of the Christian Scientist is to utilize his spiritual senses, which lift his consciousness of existence into the realm of Spirit, where his identity is not conditioned by matter in any way.

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Spiritual Healing Divinely Natural
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