The Eternal and the Temporal

As we view our personal lives and weigh what is in them, what do we find that is eternal? What is there in the things we consider of value today that will be of value ten thousand years from now? And was it just as important ten thousand years ago? If we answer these questions honestly, and if we face up to their implications, realizing that ten thousand years is nothing when compared with eternity, we can heal disease.

Christian Science healing is based upon the reality of Mind and the unreality of its opposite, matter. Mind is God, Spirit, and matter is the supposed absence of Mind. Mind manifests itself in its idea, man, who reflects the eternality of Spirit. Mortal mind, so called, manifests itself in matter, from which, this mind claims, are evolved all forms of mortal life, including mortal man.

The real man is the image of Spirit. Only that in our human experience which is spiritual is our true being. All that is material is the manifestation of mortal mind, which is error or false belief. As Mary Baker Eddy says on page 468 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal."

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"Reason, rightly directed"
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