Who Needs God?

This question has been asked by various groups in present-day society, sometimes in a purely derogatory way and at other times in a more sophisticated sense of independence. In one way or another many people have been led to believe that they no longer need to pray or seek divine aid in solving their problems. They have become enamored with materialism or have become so impressed with the accomplishments of physical science that they believe that they have all that is necessary to work out their way of living. But along with this frame of mind there is a singular lack of direction to their efforts, a lack of knowing just where they are going and why.

Such thinking, of course, betrays an utter absence of any understanding of God. It would relegate Him to an auxiliary position, as if one could call upon Him or not if the need to do so should arise. This is a belief of magical or supernatural recourse. But if one comes to know God as He is understood in Christian Science, the question "Who needs God?" is thoroughly and everlastingly answered. In this Science God is known as Life, Truth, Love, as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle. When seen in this light, how can one fail to answer the question properly?

Mind, or God, is the source of all real intelligence, the source of all real existence. Man as the reflection of God derives his whole being from this divine Principle. He gains his ability from God, his health and abundance, his sense of direction, purpose, and intuition. One might ask, "What hast thou that thou didst not receive?...why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" I Cor. 4:7; And in the terms of the textbook, Science and Health, we find part of Mrs. Eddy's description of man reads, "that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker." Science and Health, p. 475;

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