Consider the Source

"Consider the source" is a warning to beware of believing something until we know more about the reliability of the informant. Christian Scientists learn to deal with facts, scientific facts, not opinions or beliefs. And how do we recognize facts? Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that "the spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things." Science and Health, p. 207; Obviously, therefore, we need to learn to recognize and accept only that which is spiritually real, that which exhibits the nature of Spirit, God.

Are there realities apart from God? Again we have our answer in Mrs. Eddy's statement from the same page: "There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause."

Nevertheless, a nonspiritual source of creation claims to be present, if only as the hypothetical construct of an imaginary mind apart from God. Paul found it necessary to remind the early Christians frequently to live in the spiritual sense of things, not in the material. In Acts he says, "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." Acts 17:24, 25;

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