A Christian, trained in traditional and literal interpretations of the Bible, was taking me to task about the teachings of Christian Science, especially the affirmation that matter is not real.
He put his finger into the first chapter of Genesis and said, “See, here it says that God made material cattle, herbs and trees.” And I replied, “Yes, God made the animals, herbs and trees, but nowhere in that chapter does it say they were material.”
And this revelation highlights the genius of Christian Science. It teaches what Jesus Christ saw and understood: that we do not live in a universe of matter, but of divine Mind where things are thoughts and ideas are substance.
Mortal mind looks out into God’s fabulous universe of Mind and sees material things and temporal objects. But the divinely inspired mind looks out from God’s universe and sees spiritual ideas and immortal beings.
The universe is not material. If so, it would end, and what’s the point?
The universe of God’s creating is spiritual, and a joy to live in. But it requires spiritual sense to see and experience its blessings. Divine Science reveals those blessings.
“In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal” Mary Baker Eddy (S&H 114:27).