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It seems as though more and more emphasis is being placed on the mysterious, or unknown, from fascination with the occult on the part of some, to a general, more widespread feeling of uncertainty about the future. There is no question that this trend has to be dealt with. But of equal importance is how the task is accomplished.

Couldn't it be that behind preoccupation with the unknown is an underlying misconception of the very nature of God and of man's relationship to Him? A correct perception of His nature, then, would be the key to dealing effectively with the problem.

What can we say of God and His creation? According to the Bible, everything God made is good, and His work is finished. Being complete and the outcome of His perfect nature, it is indestructible, wholly spiritual. God creates and maintains man as His image, as the likeness of Love. Divine Love's universe includes no evil; not a single sinister, destructive element.

Infatuation with the so-called unknown leaves one with a sense of helplessness. The seeming power of the occult would have us fear the future and would deprive us of our natural sense of control and direction. The realization of the spiritual facts of being, of perfect God, perfect man, perfect creation, enables us to destroy these false feelings and realize their total illegitimacy.

No matter what our background or environment, all of us have God-given spiritual sense - the capacity to know, feel, and experience our inseparability from our Maker. We can all know that God is uninfluenceable Mind, that what He knows is divine reality and only what He is conscious of has existence.

Understanding God through spiritual sense, we won't be fascinated by the so-called supernatural; we won't doubt His love and care. And the term ''unknown'' will take on a different, more productive meaning. Mary Baker Eddy, a devoted student of the Bible and the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines ''unknown'' this way: ''That which spiritual sense alone comprehends, and which is unknown to the material senses.

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