By Anthony J. Whitehouse CS
Well we are certainly never going to answer that question if we rely on physics. If we are using the testimony of the material senses to probe the issue we are going to come up short because the physical senses are just not going to play ball on the question. The physical senses depend on matter for their manifestation so they are not going to cooperate in any rationale which unbundles their existence.
So, if we want to answer the question as to why matter exists we have to realise that the concepts we generally hold about God insist that God is infinite and omnipotent and everpresent. If God was not like this then God would not be God. But matter basically denies the nature of God by saying that matter is a somethingness besides God. And within the ambit of this pretense we can see that matter exists solely as the result of a belief in a dimension besides God.
If we hold that there is more than one dimension to life, a dimension besides the dimension of Spirit and Mind then we are going to be presented with the evidence of it i.e. matter is only the evidence our own conviction that there are two dimensions to life ; both the dimension of spirit/mind and the dimension of matter.
Herein lies to answer to our freedom from the material senses and from the exigences of material conditions: we must insist that there is only one dimension to our lives, the dimension of Spirit or God. In Deuteronomy 25:14 we find biblical authority for this monastic approach. " Thou shalt not have in thy house divers measures, a great and a small".
Obviously it does involve bit of pitched battle to stick to our guns on this. Pharaoh , or the material senses, does not like to lose it slaves. But Mrs Eddy points out that we have to work with this principle to gain our freedom. " We only have to avail ourselves of God's rule to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation." It is clear we are not going to drown in Red sea. But we are going to have to be very determined and clear in our thinking. Even Jesus indicated that " strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it". Matt 7:14
We can take great comfort that the material dimension to our lives is illusory because God is the only dimension of consequence. We have to operate in the dimension of goodness because the cost of not doing so is to find ourselves in hell. There is no other word capable of conveying the cost involved of not operating within the sole dimension of goodness.
" In him we live and move and have our being" as the Bible tells us, unless of course we are going to take on board the illusion of a second dimension to life.