Poverty is not a power

If one is born poor and lives in a country or area where resources are scarce, life may seem hopeless. He may ask, "What good is religion to me when I need so much material help?" In fact, he may regard the Bible declaration that "God created man in his own image" and "saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good," Gen. 1:27,31; as false. But Christian Science shows us how we can prove the truth of this Scripture—how each one can demonstrate his God-given completeness instead of looking to others for material aid.

Referring to the divine Principle of healing, God, Mrs. Eddy states, "This apodictical Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, 'God with us,'—the sovereign ever-presence, delivering the children of men from every ill 'that flesh is heir to.'" Science and Health, p. 107;

Through the study of Christian Science we learn that all people are in reality the idea of God. It then becomes our lifework to demonstrate this truth. By acknowledging that divine Spirit is all-present and All-in-all, we begin to see the unreality of materiality with its evil circumstances, and the powerlessness of such circumstances to alter our birthright as the sons of God. We see that poverty is not a power but a myth. And as we do, this understanding brings our native affluence to light in present living.

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Mind's control in time of crisis
February 25, 1980

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