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From the March 1950 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Value is permanent. It is wholly spiritual. Human sense needs to accept that fact and to repudiate the notion that there can be devaluation, or reduction in the value of what is valuable. Value belongs to all that is real, and since there are no degrees of reality there can be no change or decrease in the worth of what is worthy. God Himself, the divine Mind, and Mind's ideas constitute all reality and therefore all value. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, which is the Comforter Christ Jesus predicted would come to men, presented this fact as foundational in her teachings and demonstrable in the degree that it is understood. Emphasizing the impossibility of any changing or lessening in the value or reality of God, divine Mind, she declared (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 82, 83): "This Mind, then, is not subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss, as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible good."

Value and spiritual understanding are coexistent, for spiritual understanding is the substance of ideas conceived by God, divine Spirit, and employed in attesting God's reality. Substance is both "the divine intelligence, or Principle, of all real being," as Mrs. Eddy put it in the quotation just given, and also the manifestation of that intelligence. There is as much of value in each individual's human experience as there is of recognition by him of divine Mind as the source of his consciousness. What one knows of spiritual reality is his substance. For one's knowledge of reality is one's spiritual intelligence (the only real intelligence) reflected from God, the Mind of man. And intelligence always knows enough to encompass its maintenance, sustenance, and permanence.

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