"And it was so"

In the first chapter of Genesis, the account of the spiritually perfect, complete, and good creation, the phrase "it was so" appears six times. This short phrase succinctly emphasizes this basic spiritual fact: All being, all creation, everything real and true, including man and the universe, exists in its completeness, perfection, and goodness, now and forever. To ponder the meaning of these few words of Scripture in the light of Christian Science is to appreciate more deeply the importance that an understanding of the spiritual meaning of creation holds for our growth and progress. Mrs. Eddy devotes an entire chapter of Science and Health to a spiritually inspired explanation of the book of Genesis. And how different is this from human, material theories of creation!

Consider for a moment the endless research, the delving and experimentation of the physical scientists in their efforts to explain and interpret creation from a material basis. Has Darwin's theory that creation started from inanimate matter and developed by evolution revealed God's creation or enabled humanity to demonstrate a perfect, complete universe? The disease, poverty, confusion, and strife attending the material of existence surely indicates a negative answer.

What am I? Why am I? What is my relation to my creator? What is my relation to my fellowmen? These are the questions that need understanding answers. And they are answered through a thoughtful study of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible in the light thrown upon it by Christian Science.

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November 23, 1968

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