Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Books Can Save Lives Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Books Can Save Lives Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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There are two books in my home library that have saved lives. Not once, but many times. They offer help in whatever circumstances we might face, including those that are life-threatening. These books are the Holy Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy.

Why rely on two books to guide you, rather than on your wits? I would say because both of these books explain who God is and what He does for His spiritual creation, which includes you and me.

The Bible contains the Word of God and relates many experiences of spiritually-minded people who proved this Word to be reliable in times of need - and thus to be worthy of praise. Science and Health includes a Key to the Scriptures that unlocks the door to an understanding of God and of the healing truth that is available to us at all times, whether our human needs are great or small. Biblical accounts show how people have followed God's direction and have saved their lives as a result. Daniel's obedience to the concept of one God brought him through the experience of being in a lions' den - certainly a life-threatening situation (see Dan., Chap. 6). The disobedience of the greedy and unwise prodigal son, recounted in a parable of Christ Jesus, brought him face to face with possible starvation until he became humble and ready to be obedient (see Luke, Chap. 15). Jesus relied on the Word of God to heal sickness and sin - even to restore people from death. He could do this because he understood man's relation to God. He said of himself, "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). The understanding that we, too, are one with God, and the healing that accompanies it, are ours. Science and Health is the work of a dedicated Bible student who discovered in the Scriptures the Science of spiritual healing as it was practiced by Jesus. This book teaches anyone to grasp the fundamentals of Christian healing and to put them into practice. The essential statement of Christian Science is that God made man - inclusive of all men, women, and children - in His spiritual image, good and perfect throughout eternity. …

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