"Heredity is not a law"

The belief in heredity as the cause of a disease is based on the belief that matter is self-existent. This belief says that being is matter and nothing else. Through observation of matter, and through believing what they have seen, men have come to accept as real the concept that matter has force and intelligence to evolve itself and to organize itself into forms of life. In this belief the reproduction of individuals is entirely material and the characteristics of that which is reproduced naturally stem from its ancestors, immediate or remote.

Christian Science denies heredity as but one of the errors which come from believing in the reality of matter. Christian Science insists that the Principle of all that is real is God, Spirit. All forms of reality, including all individuality, are the creation of the divine Mind, and they appear not as material objects and organisms but as spiritual ideas.

In order to observe reality, then, one must understand that matter is false belief. It is not something real to be observed; it is the false creation of the carnal, or mortal, mind. Through animal magnetism, mortal mind influences mortals to believe matter and its laws to be real. What one sees, then, is mortal belief objectified and individualized.

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May 23, 1964

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