Hallowed be Thy name.
Question: What is “matter”?
Answer: When exploring the concept of God as hallowed and Adorable One in these lessons, you will keep seeing statements about matter. It will be helpful to make sure you understand a little bit about what matter means. There is a common meaning, and then there is the Christianly
scientific definition, as explained by Mary Baker Eddy.
Dictionaries tell us that matter is “what a thing is made of,” or “what all (material) things are made of, whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses in some way; in modern physics matter and energy are regarded as equivalents.”
There are other definitions of matter, such as “a subject of discussion, concern or action.” For example, you may hear people ask, “What’s the matter?” But, for now, we are concerned only with the worldly belief that matter is the substance that the universe is made of.
In Christian Science, matter is considered to be a misconception of Spirit, which is the true
substance of God and His creation. Matter is an illusion, a lie — the opposite of Spirit. Matter is “a false concept of mortal mind.” (S&H 177:10)
It may take a long time to fully understand what Mrs. Eddy means when she describes matter as an illusion, but this is an important spiritual truth to grasp. We must cling to the fact that matter is no part of God’s nature or creation. As we go forward in these lessons, we will learn more about the need to separate the beliefs of matter from Spirit, God.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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