What Is Unreal Can Be Changed

Describing someone as a rock, or as a mouse, or as a walking dictionary, is using untruths to convey specific impressions which may or may not be true. We call them metaphors, and, as such, they are useful. But because metaphors are not facts, we have complete control over them. If we find they do not represent the truth, we can change them.

This illustrates the control Christian Science gives us over what are called material conditions. Such conditions may or may not represent truth. Science teaches that because God, Spirit, is All, matter is unreal. But this does not mean we disregard everything we see. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes: "To mortal mind, the universe is liquid, solid, and aëriform. Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas. Animals and mortals metaphorically present the gradation of mortal thought, rising in the scale of intelligence, taking form in masculine, feminine, or neuter gender. The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love." Science and Health, pp. 51 1, 512;

"Laying the axe at the root"
August 27, 1966

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