Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Question: Should we, or can we, make peace with the material world?
Answer: Because of the mist of the physical senses, we do not see the spiritual universe
perfectly. It appears as a material world instead. But, matter has no true substance. Only
Spirit, and the creations of Spirit, have substance. Mortal mind is reluctant to accept this
fact. Therefore, we have what seems to be a war between the flesh and Spirit. This war needs to be fought, battle after battle, to bring God’s peace into focus.
“This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of
material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.” (S&H 96)
“War is waged between the evidences of Spirit and the evidences of the five physical senses; and this contest must go on until peace be declared by the final triumph of spirit in immutable harmony.” (Ret. 56)
“Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which side are we fighting?” (S&H 216)
Practice: Peacemaking is more than stopping fights among people. Today, think how you can help the fight against the claims of the five physical senses.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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