Individuals and our world community are often challenged by lack. It may be lack of health, a lack of finances, of housing, of family, of safety, of intelligence, of opportunity, of food, of contentment, or of something else worthwhile. While most of us instinctively know that we have a right to have our basic human needs met—a right to health, a home, fulfilling employment, a right to happiness and security—we may not realize the true source of all goodness, and so continue to feel we lack something. We look to the stock market, the social security check, a surgical procedure, the paycheck, an inheritance, a miracle drug, another person, or other means for solutions, often with limited and disappointing results.
This should not seem so surprising, for we learn in Christian Science that what appears to the world to be an insufficiency to meet human needs is more accurately seen and solved by recognizing it as a form of spiritual impoverishment—a mental state destitute of the right understanding of God as the Giver of infinite good, whose universe, including man, possesses without limit all the good God imparts. The Apostle Paul assures us: “My God shall supply all your need” (Philippians 4:19).
The solution to lack and to every discordant aspect of life is found right in the opening verse of the Bible, which states, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Here it is said that creator and creation, divine Life and its manifestation, comprise the whole of being, the realm of reality. Christian Science teaches that there is nothing outside of God’s infinite self-containment, which constitutes the Science of God and man. Nothing exists unless it exists in God, divine Mind, and is reflected in its idea, man, who as the compound idea of God fully expresses Mind’s faculties, abilities, activities, intelligent thoughts—all the divine attributes—without any deficiency.