Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What Guides You?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What Guides You?

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Today's decisionmaking demands can overwhelm even the practiced multitasker. Decisions about careers, job changes, retraining, retirement. Choices to make about healthcare, health insurance, and caregiving. Answers needed about marriage and relationships.

The numbers of those facing decisionmaking stresses are multiplying, too. As the people of China, India, and other industrializing countries enter the modern marketplace, they encounter life's modern problems, including the time and peer pressures that often accompany decisionmaking.

To be sure, a billion or more people still have few choices to make. They must first grow or buy enough food for their families and then take care of other basic needs. But the poorest, too, face some wrenching 21st-century decisions - whether to stay on the land and in villages or migrate to a city in hopes of finding jobs.

Words that have echoed in the Scriptures over centuries sound contemporary: "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision" (Joel 3:14). Since so many of us today live "in the valley," how can we make better choices and help others find peace and direction?

Christ Jesus promised that a universal Comforter or Advocate would come to guide humanity "into all truth" (John 16:13). The divine Science, or full truth of the Christ, discovered by Mary Baker Eddy and fully explained in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,' has fulfilled Jesus' promise. This divine Word - God's message coming to human hearts in all its specificity and comforting assurance - is the surest of guides. It's speaking right now, gently, clearly, in ways anyone can discern and confidently follow.

The Bible is the medium and the message of God's Word. It conveys God's message of hope and healing, giving answers to those who take their questions to God as they read its pages or consider its truths in prayer.

The first of six tenets, "important points" in the theology of Christian Science, establishes humanity's right to one-to-One communion with God through the divine message. …

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