Dropping the Bomb on Truth

Last night it occurred to me that “how” truth is discovered plays a large role in how the truth is used.

For example, although for centuries, matter was believed to be absolute, Einstein discovered the theory of relativity, due to the sheer fact that matter proved its unreliability and its provisional state.

Decades before Einstein’s revelation, however, in the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy also discovered the relativity of matter, but “how” it was discovered was different from Einstein. Eddy wasn’t looking at matter for an answer. She was looking at God and realized the absoluteness of divine Spirit was true. And, because Spirit is not matter, or truth is not a mistake, the conclusion was made that matter is relative.

Interestingly, the “how” truth was discovered allowed for different opportunities. Although, Einstein was not directly related to the atomic bomb, his theory of relativity specified that a large amount of energy could be released from a small portion of matter. And, we all now know the effects of the atomic bomb.

How Eddy discovered the relativity of matter was diametrically opposed to Einstein’s.  Einstein worked with a mistaken belief until it proved itself a mistake. Eddy worked with a spiritual truth and it naturally revealed any mistake. With the mind on Spirit, the opportunity to pursue spiritual power and its healing effect is felt.

Teaching me the value of paying attention to “how” I learn truth.

“Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” (Ps. 25:5, NIV)


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