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From the August 1963 issue of The Christian Science Journal

As students of Christian Science, we must come to respect our religion as Science and ourselves as Scientists. Working as we must in the laboratory of divine Science, our equipment consists of an understanding of God and a knowledge of Him as He is, for in Mrs. Eddy's words in Science and Health, "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love" (p. 465). It also consists of an understanding of the impossibility, the unreality, of anything unlike or opposed to God. In this scientific approach we accept Mrs. Eddy's statement, "Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit" (ibid., p. 264). Thus to be proficient in our spiritually scientific program, we must screen out matter concepts and learn to separate the real from the unreal.

With the development of spiritual insight comes the realization that error accrues only to the belief that matter has power, function, or sensation. When we become convinced of the spiritual nature of God, of man, and of the universe, we shall cast out false beliefs and claim our God-given dominion. The absolute conviction that God is All and that all good is possible to Him, and therefore to man as His reflection, liberates thought and opens the door to demonstration.

The Bible gives accounts of Jesus' vanquishment of matter concepts. Understanding, as he did, the supremacy of infinite Spirit, he proved powerless every force or condition founded on finite belief. The support of Spirit was evident in his walking upon the sea. Time and space were negated at the time the ship was immediately at the land whither he and his disciples went. The substantiality of matter was disproved when he joined his disciples "the doors being shut" (John 20:26).

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