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From the March 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal

WALK WITH ME DOWN THIS PATH FOR AWHILE. What if material existence as we know it is nothing more than a sham? What if the assumptions about matter simply aren't true? What if, in reality, matter possesses no substance, so it couldn't possibly have or house any life or intelligence? Without life, substance, or intelligence, matter would have no law to back it up, but would present a kind of lawlessness wherever its existence was presumed true. Wouldn't this put into question both the very foundation of matter-based thinking and the basis of life itself? While such challenges to material life might rock our world as we know it, they also might provide an opportunity to look through a different window into a more substantial, harmonious, and enduring existence.

Accepting the possibility that matter is bogus, couldn't one begin to envision a totally separate existence that doesn't decay, harbor disease, or die—an existence that's based wholly on Spirit? What if Life, God, is Spirit and therefore the substance of Spirit's creation is strictly spiritual? Wouldn't that fact, understood and lived, expunge every limitation imaginable regarding life? The promises of such prospects are thrilling.

When you think about it, virtually every limitation imposed on humanity begins with the assumption that life is strictly material. These limitations commence with the event of our being born of a particular DNA, then carrying forward inherited traits, intelligence quotients, and diseases. These limitations continue throughout one's life in beliefs about age, environment, education, and, ultimately, death. Matter characteristically presents limitations of either too much or too little, too old or too young, too experienced or not experienced enough. Were it not for matter, world problems such as poverty, greed, fear, and hunger simply wouldn't exist. Matter-based existence must be limited from the outset, because it's both finite and temporal. Ultimately, it sings one tune—lack—in terms of supply, health, intelligence, beauty, time—the list goes on. The worship of matter is actually idolatry. And a material god or idol, even a material view of God, can never throw off limits. Consequently, in order to live an expansive existence, we must drop matter-based thinking—even the belief in matter itself.

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