“Idealism and Realism” excerpt


There is only one Mind, and God or Mind expresses His own infinite Being as ideas. These ideas are real and tangible. They are the only things at hand. Everything that exists, everything that is good, and useful and natural to human existence, exists as a divine idea. It is a divine fact or entity, and is complete and finished, and is always at hand.

Error would always keep us having two, a divine idea and a human concept about the divine idea. But we are learning that the human concept or material thing is merely our imperfect apprehension of the divine idea or the only fact at hand. Mind evolves its own perfect ideas and their corresponding identities, and if my human sense calls these divine ideas a tree, a heart, a stomach, a house, the tax money, or a person, it makes no difference how they appear, the idea remains forever a divine fact at hand, perfect, immortal, and infinite as divine Mind. They are the phenomena of my spiritual consciousness and my own self.

As Christian Scientists we have a vast accumulation of metaphysical ideas: good ideas, wonderful ideas. We affirm these ideas and sometimes even exploit them; but much of the time they remain mere abstract ideas in our thought. Many of us build up a world of metaphysical ideas, and still live in a world of unrealized thought. Why is this so? It is because we desire to escape the so called problems of life, rather than work out the facts of life, and we take refuge in these metaphysical ideas in order to avoid our so-called problems.

There are no problems for us to escape from. The seeming problem is our imperfect apprehension of an actuality at hand. We have permitted our thought to dwell on this imperfect apprehension, have accepted it as a reality, called it a problem, and then resisted it. We should realize that all so-called problems are some reality of Being at hand seen in reversion; and when we work out the so-called problem, we find a reality and reap a rich blessing of fact.

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