Inventions We Can't Oppose

"In the material world, thought has brought to light with great rapidity many useful wonders," Science and Health, p. 268; comments Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health. She was writing at a time when the potential of electricity was beginning to dawn on humanity, and the possibilities of the internal combustion engine had been glimpsed—though only the most perceptive visionaries could have foreseen that in less than a century it would be so far developed that it would enable mankind to travel faster than sound. Nuclear energy had yet to be discovered.

In her lifetime Mrs. Eddy, the revelator of the Science of Mind, saw the emergence of incredible new material knowledge and of a fresh world of hitherto unimagined wonders resulting from it. When asked what was her attitude to such material inventions, she replied: "Oh, we cannot oppose them. They all tend to newer, finer, more etherealized ways of living. They seek the finer essences. They light the way to the Church of Christ. We use them, we make them our figures of speech. They are preparing the way for us." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 345;

It is no mere matter of chance that this tremendous breakthrough of material knowledge and invention coincides with Mrs. Eddy's own discovery of startling new facts concerning the wholly spiritual, perfect, limitless nature of God, man, and the universe. Humanity was ready for the scientific understanding of spiritual truth that Christ Jesus had prophesied would come. He called it "the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost," John 14:26; and said it would bring his teaching to remembrance. It was to complete the revelation of God's nature and universe that the people of his time were not prepared to receive.

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October 23, 1976

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