Defeating worry

What we learn of God brings new light to our lives and a new sense of hope.

We get so used to the perspective of distance that we automatically correct for the illusion. Looking across at a neighbor's house, for example, I'm not disturbed by the fact that his windows appear so much smaller than my own.

These little illusions of the physical senses, which we hardly consider, hint at a larger illusion that does need our consideration. The material senses convey impressions to us about our nature and condition as well as what is influencing our lives. These senses insist that we are, in fact, physical beings, totally dependent on matter for existence. Yet, when we come to see that man's true being is spiritual, as Christ Jesus' teachings and works show us, we also see the need to dispute the suggestion that the material senses can tell us anything true about our health or our identity. Mrs. Eddy makes this comment in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health: "Matter is an error of statement." A bit further on she continues, "Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immortal, for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always erroneous."

Cleansing the earth
May 25, 1992

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