Spiritual Originality versus Materialism

Originality is highly prized in many fields of human endeavor. New designs, new approaches, new methods, are always in demand, and so are those who can produce them. But originality is a quality which appears in two forms: the genuine and the counterfeit. Genuine originality is a quality of thought which has its origin in the limitless divine Mind. It is original because it proceeds directly from a true origin. The counterfeit has its origin in mortal mind, the belief of mind in matter.

Original thought is vital, immortal in nature. It flows directly from its infinite source, and to human consciousness it is newly formed. Material thought is lifeless, temporal in nature. It is not new. Since mortal mind is not really a source, its thought is but a rearrangement of accumulated borrowed mental images presented in such a way as to feign originality.

Truly inspired thought is original; it has freshly appeared from divine Mind. Mortal mind thoughts are not original; they would rob human consciousness of divine inspiration by substituting an imitation, supposedly originating in a material personality deceptively believing itself inspired. Referring to mortal mind as the carnal mind, Paul wrote (Rom. 8:6), "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

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