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MAN'S REFLECTION OF GOD'S BOUNTY

From the August 1935 issue of The Christian Science Journal


"Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 507). In these words our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, gives expression to her realization of the tender care of our loving God for His children, care forever unfolding in endless blessings, which evidence this divine protection. There is no gap of either time or space between giving and receiving in the Science of true being; neither is there a medium of exchange. In true being man exists to express God's abundance, the beauty of holiness. How different from the actual is the human concept of substance! When material abundance is manifested, invariably it has to be obtained through some medium of exchange, for the most part through money.

Today the world is faced with the problem of how to make the abundance which we now see on all sides reach those in need of it. It would seem an easy question to decide—much more simple than the problem of supply when, formerly, there did not seem to be sufficient to go round; and yet this problem of distribution appears to be quite as difficult to solve as the problem of scarcity. The flaw must lie in human thinking. Only correct scientific thought brought to bear upon the situation, with an intelligent apprehension of the seeming cause of the trouble, can right the error.

Let one aspect of this unbalanced situation be here considered. Because of always seeming to need the medium of exchange called money, mankind, through many centuries, has looked upon the acquiring of money as the gaining of wealth; and the saving of it has been looked upon as a virtue. Money is regarded as a power by both rich and poor, mainly because man-made law decress that men cannot exist without it. In consequence of being given such an important place in the thoughts and desires of mankind, it has been controlled by the unscrupulous for personal gain, and against the best interests of the people. Those who lean upon it or long for it for support are apt to be deluded by its elusiveness, shut out from the realization of true substance, and subject, to some extent, to the evil elements which would seek to control supply.

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