"The fashion of this world passeth away"

Mankind in general accept the fashion or appearance of the material world without question and then draw their conclusions and make their plans of action accordingly. However, Paul says, "The fashion of this world passeth away."  I Cor, 7:31; And elsewhere he says, "For the things which are seen are temporal: but the things which are not seen are eternal."  II Cor. 4:18; He was clearly aware of a present spiritual reality, a substantive actuality, that existed right where material sense testimony bore witness to a universe made of matter.

Today many earnest thinkers are misled by what they believe to be reality. The material senses tell them that the universe is a great and intricate machine governed by cold, inexorable forces, which can maim or destroy in haphazard disregard of either reason or justice. They become agnostic or atheistic because they cannot reconcile what they seem to see around them with the conception of God as all-powerful Love and intelligence. They ask how, if God exists and is good, He can allow His universe to get into such a mess.

Christian Science asserts that God's universe is not in lawless disarray. It is eternally ordered by faultless, divine Principle. This Science likens the evidence presented by the material senses to a dream picture, a hypnotic illusion, which seems to invert or reverse the universe of Truth. In other words, right here and now there is a real spiritual universe of harmony, reason, and justice, and it is only the material, counterfeit sense of things that seems to hide it. Disease is a phase of the material view, and countless cases of spiritual healing have come about by mentally rejecting the false belief and accepting the harmonious reality.

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Raising the Dead
September 9, 1967

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