Improved Beliefs

No one questions that great changes are taking place in the world. Surely we cannot impute these to sheer materialism. Improved methods of communication and transportation achieved through technological advancement, benefits brought about by increase in the productiveness of machines, agricultural developments, a more humane and efficient economy, political and social enlightenment—all can be interpreted in Christian Science as improved beliefs. They show the effect of Truth acting upon human consciousness and breaking down mortal limitations.

According to Christian Science, everything material indicates a limited state of thought. Matter, then, is not external to human consciousness but a concept within it; it is human belief, and belief must gradually give way to spiritual concepts in order that God's infinite creation may appear. In this process improved beliefs imply the gradual disappearance of matter, and this will continue until every limitation vanishes in the light of revealed Spirit and its universe of unlimited spiritual concepts.

In this swiftly evolving era, we should learn to adjust ourselves to changes and to accept improved beliefs as proof of the upward transformation of human consciousness. Even though Mary Baker Eddy knew well that the realm of Spirit is the only reality, she did not brush aside human material advancement as having no value. She says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 296), "An improved belief is one step out of error, and aids in taking the next step and in understanding the situation in Christian Science."

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