Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Gospel Days

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Gospel Days

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EVER felt the need for an extra boost as you began a day that looked particularly difficult? I have, often. And I can always find it in the gospel. In fact I'm learning that every day can benefit from a foundation in the gospel.

When I think of the gospel, I think of Christ Jesus' teaching, especially the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. This sermon includes the Beatitudes, the Lord's Prayer, and many other spiritually rooted guides to behavior. And I've found that because I make it my everyday companion, the gospel is a living, powerful force. And the truths about God and man found in the Bible can indeed change whatever is not right in our lives.

To me, the truths found in the Lord's Prayer epitomize the real basis of the gospel message. This prayer speaks of one universal God, who is good and who is divine Love itself. This God is all-powerful and is the creator of all, tenderly governing and caring for His creation.

The Lord's Prayer gives solid definition to God's nature, showing Him as infinite Spirit and divine Love -- not as a god of vengeance or retaliation. Indeed, God isn't humanlike in any way, as Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, points out in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, -- as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love."

The strong moral and spiritual underpinnings of the gospel's message give depth and power to its lessons. Consider the counsel against judging others, for example. "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Jesus asks in the Sermon on the Mount. …

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