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The truth about accidents

Divine Love's great care for its creation leaves no space for chaos.

From the September 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"There is but one primal cause," states Science and Health, referring to God. "Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause."  Science and Health, p. 207.

This statement by Mary Baker Eddy is exactly opposite to what we generally see in daily experience—an endless chain of material causes and effects. The fabric of human existence, though, often fails to provide safety, and the material forces that seem to govern us sometimes result in accidents.

In order to prevent accidents or deal with their effects, it is as important to understand the mental nature of human existence as it is to understand where safety and protection actually reside. The statement from Science and Health quoted above shows the possibility of dealing with accidents from a different standpoint—from the perception of the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of divine Love, God, who embraces, nurtures, supports, and protects His children constantly. Creation consists of God's spiritual ideas, which are always unfolding, expanding, and expressing God. As God's image and likeness, man is forever at one with God, expressing infinity. He is embraced in the tender care of a shepherding God, good.

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