Maturing Thought

As human experience unfolds in individual consciousness, one feels the influence of a variety of thoughts. False education proposes the thought that life is in the body and that the universe is material. At the same time, Christianity teaches that God gave life and created the universe, and that God is Spirit. One who is sincerely striving to be a Christian but who does not have scientific spiritual understanding is dealing with the belief of dualism within his own consciousness. He believes that he is living in a material universe as a material body, subject to material laws, but that God, who is Spirit, is his creator.

Is it any wonder that in this confused state of thought mankind believe that both good and evil are real? At one moment a person may appear to be gentle, loving, content, and at the very next moment, due to a change of circumstances, may appear rude, unloving, and discontented. Searching for lasting peace and contentment, men struggle with this enigma but tend to accept the suggestions of mortality, until they understand scientifically God's thoughts, which are pure and eternal. In the Bible we read, "As the heavens arehigher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Isa. 55:9;

In the light of Christian Science we discover that man is entirely spiritual and that the mortal appearance is not real. We may at first fear to give up reliance on matter and begin but reluctantly to give up pleasure in matter. However, as the realization of the spiritual facts of being gradually comes to us, we understand that we must accept the truth that real substance is spiritual and give up the fleeting joys of material sense for the lasting joys of Soul.

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November 30, 1968

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