Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What to Believe? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What to Believe? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Somone shares some gossip. The paper records an economic prediction. A TV ad makes claims about the value of a product. Do you choose to accept the information or not?

Important as these choices may be, there are other more significant choices we each make moment by moment. These relate to what we accept about ourselves. Often we're faced with someone's judgmental comments or analysis of us. Or even with symptoms of sickness. Are these true? Or not?

One foolproof method for judging the basic truth of any evidence is to ask, "Is this consistent with what I know about God?" Since God is the only creator, and the creator of all good, anything that is not good can't be authorized by Him. God was pleased with all that He made (see Gen., Chap. 1). We shouldn't ignore things that aren't good, but we can correct them by understanding that they have no legitimacy, because they aren't created by God. The psalms repeatedly talk about God's power and glory. About His eternal care, and life-preserving power. Christ Jesus called God "Father" and taught His love for us. Jesus' healings, done to glorify God, also testify to a loving God. St. John the Revelator affirmed that God, who is Love, sees us as His beloved children. Because God is good and All, we can reject as false whatever we're presented with that appears contrary in nature to Him, no matter how disturbing it is. This is letting spiritual sense prevail over material sense. It is the material, physical senses that validate disease, personal failing, even the destructive forces of nature. But I find that a statement in the Christian Science textbook gives important guidance. It contrasts the evidence of the five senses with evidence obtained from spiritual sense, and cautions, "We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Pg. 129). A Bible story shows it's important to make accurate judgments about what we accept as real. It gives insight into the power of spiritual sense to change human circumstances (see II Kings, Chap. …

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